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Can insects predict the weather? Next time you see an insect, spider, or other “creepy-crawly,” check out what it’s doing! It could let you know something about the upcoming weather, especially the winter months. Here is a listing of some of the more well-known weather folklore about insects and weather!
Is there some truth to it? You decide!
Insect Weather Folklore
Observe ants, bees, hornets, crickets, houseflies, and other insects. Their activity tells us whether the weather will be cold, warm, windy, or fair!
Of course, spiders are arachnids, not insects, but we are including these creeply-crawlies here! Can spiders predict winter weather? What do you think?
Observe spiders and their webs closely to gauge the weather:
Spiders spinning larger than usual webs is a sign of a cold winter to come.
When spiders’ webs in air do fly, the spell will soon be very dry.
When spiderwebs are wet with dew that soon dries, expect a fine day.
Spiderwebs floating at autumn sunset; bring a night frost, on this you may bet.
Spiders move down from their webs before rain.
The Woolly Worms’ Bands
Certainly, many of you may have heard of the woolly bear caterpillar’s ability to forecast winter weather. These caterpillars have black and brown bands; according to folklore, more black than brown indicates a harsh, cold winter, while more brown than black points to a mild winter. Read more about woolly worms as meteorologists!
Reptiles & Amphibians
Observe reptiles and amphibians as weather predictors, too!
The louder the frogs, the more the rain.
Frogs singing in the evening indicates fair weather the next day.