Episode 39: Overwintering Insects and Woolly Bears


Have you ever wondered where all the insects go during the winter? Casey gives us an overview of some of the ways that insects manage to survive the winter. There are about as many overwintering strategies as there are insects, and they are all fascinating.

praying mantis egg case via wikimedia commons

For one, the larval stage of the Isabella tiger moth – also known as the woolly bear caterpillar – can survive the winter frozen solid. Also, according to legend, looking at a woolly bear caterpillar is a reliable way of determining what the coming winter will be like (or not). Daniel explains.

woolly bear (Pyrrharctia isabella) via wikimedia commons


This episode aired on Radio Boise in November 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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