About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Photo Share: Cat spiller in the sun

Confounded spellcheck! Woolly Caterpillar in the sun! Isn't it too early? When are woolly caterpillars suppose to appear in spring?

All right I've give up. We are just not going to have Winter this year. Welcome Spring, may you be normal and greening!

The banded Woolly Bear larva emerges from the egg in the fall, hatches, eats, grows and sheds its skin several times. When cold weather arrives they hide in the trunks of trees or leaf litter and freeze solid. Usually in the spring when it warms up, to the high 40’s and 50’s Fahrenheit, the caterpillar thaws out and becomes active again. Hopefully it will find enough green leaves to eat, gain the energy to spin a loose, net-like cocoon, and pupate for a few months. Then it will emerge as an adult Isabella Tiger Moth. The adult moth will only live for one to two weeks. In that time, it will need to find a mate, and lay its eggs to complete the life cycle.

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