We all have heard of Punxsutawney Phil and his ability to predict spring. Every February 2nd, the ground hog climbs out of his cozy hibernating hole and turns to weather forecasting. If it is a cloudy day and he does not see his shadow, spring will be early. If it is sunny and he sees his shadow, we are in for six more weeks of wintery weather.
It appears that Phil has some competition in the field of weather forecasting. Last February, a wooly bear caterpillar was found on a downtown sidewalk in New Ulm, Minnesota. Ironically, it was Ground Hog Day-the same day on which Punxsutawney Phil comes out to make his annual prediction on the arrival of spring.
The wooly bear caterpillar has a reddish-brown middle and black ends. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, they hatch in the warm weather from eggs the female moth has laid. With the arrival of spring, they spin a fuzzy cocoon and metamorph into lovely Isabella tiger moths.
There are many signs of spring. Observing other animal and plant life can let us know that spring is on the way. So can the smiles on people’s faces as they prepare once again for warm, balmy weather.
This year, when you prepare for spring and the upcoming summer vacation season, do more than just your usual spring cleaning. Make sure your financial and insurance affairs are in order. For more information about your insurance needs contact the Stromsoe Insurance Agency serving the Murrieta, California area.