Look who I found in the garden. A wooly bear caterpillar which usually has a band of burnt orange across the middle and areas of black at both ends. On this one the black area was very small.
I found him munching on basil. I knew they ate cabbage, spinach, lamb’s quarter, violets and clover. I didn’t know they ate basil, but now I do.
There is a persistent legend surrounding this fellow and the weather. Some say he can predict how severe the winter weather will be. The story is if there is more black on the caterpillar than orange, the winter will be harsh. If there is more orange on its body than black, it will be a mild winter.
The one I found predicts a very mild winter.
In time, this larvae will become a colorful moth with yellow, orange, white, black beige and scarlet on its wings.
If you find them on your plants, remove them as they are leaf eaters.