Why are thousands of dummy caterpillars scattered around the world?
False alarm! Remember the photo of the two-headed snake that went viral over the past few days? It might actually be just a caterpillar.
The winter season isn't the only thing stripping leaves off trees and leaving them bare. Cold months also bring with them a veritable swarm of winter months, insects that could lay eggs and potentially cause another spring of defoliated and dying trees.
Unlike their human counterparts in California, Monarch butterflies are actually benefitting from the longstanding drought – more specifically, they're thriving on drought-tolerant milkweed which homeowners are planting to replace more thirsty lawns.
Hungry, corn-loving caterpillars trick corn plants into thinking they are being attacked by a pathogen which buys them time to eat more and grow larger faster.
For baby boomers, the name of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar will at least ring a bell. Much like the iconic groundhog, this incredibly fluffy black and brown caterpillar has long been associated with winter, able to help locals predict the severity of the season. However, whether or not there is any truth in the folklore has long remained a subject of debate.