Friday, 9 December 2011

Arctic Woolly Bear Moth

After our chilly conversation about Frozen Planet, while Winter moth hunting at Hardcastle Crags, I looked up the mysterious 'Woolly Bear' that David Attenborough told us about. It appears that is is the Arctic Woolly Bear Moth, Gynaephora groenlandica, found in Greenland and Northern Canada.
There seems to be some uncertainty about the length of it's freeze-thaw cycles, the estimate of 14 years that Frozen Planet went with, having been revised to 7 years by some sources. However long, it is pretty amazing, and you can still see the clip here in case you missed it.
Christine.

4 comments:

Winston said...

Aha, good reaserch this Christine , thank you. A pretty drab affair this moth but how amazing. Freezes totally! all the way through! scarcely believable for me. Win

AndyC said...

Thanks Christine ,,that realy is fantastic..A great series.................

muffin said...

I was very pleased to find the clip just of the moth again! Take it no one has been seeing much moth action in the last couple of stormy weeks?
Christine

AndyC said...

too much work at the moment,hopefully get out before the new year..wil keep you all posted as and when....