Did you know?

Groundhog Facts:

  • Groundhogs (Marmota monax), also known as woodchucks, are the largest member of the squirrel family. 
  • They can eat up to 1.5 lbs. of vegetation per day during the summer in preparation for the next winter’s hibernation.
  • Researchers calculated that each groundhog digs an average of 384 pounds of soil and stone to complete its burrow.
  • Those white tips at the end of their fur are guard hairs.  They protect against abrasion and moisture. 

 

Wooly bear Facts:

  • Wooly bear caterpillars (Pyrrharctia isabella), cute as they seem, can be cannibalistic under certain conditions.
  • Each time a wooly bear molts (they molt?!?), a black band becomes a rust-colored band.  So an older caterpillar is rustier.  However, it is not an indicator of winter severity. 
  • Caterpillars molt about six times as they grow.

 

Lilac Facts:

  • The ubiquitous common lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) are an introduced species from Europe. 
  • Lilac bushes are used as nesting sites for all kinds of creatures including raptors in some parts of the US and salamanders in others.   

Sources:

Groundhogs – https://www.pennlive.com/wildaboutpa/2018/01/15_things_you_dont_know_about_1.html

Wooleybears – https://uwm.edu/field-station/wooly-bear-caterpillar-re-do/

For more info on lilacs as shelterbelts – https://www.kansasforests.org/conservation_trees/products/shrubs/lilac.html

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