Anybody else north of the Mason Dixon line finding Wooly Bears in caterpillar form all winter this year? I have been amazed to see them out crawling around in just about every month this winter. Don’t most moth caterpillars normally spin a cocoon and overwinter in pupae form?
I threw a couple Wooly’s in with my Polyphemous cocoons last fall. 1 spun a cocoon, the other has wondered about the poly cocoons all winter long. I guess I better keep an eye on my polys too in case they start hatching in this warm weather. That would be a HUGE problem because the caterpillars need oak leaves to feed on and we shouldn’t have any oak leaves until May around here :(