Classic illustration of a woolly bear, aka Bushy
Hubert in County Durham (public area)

As you
all know, I like delving by previous books and periodicals seeking odd
little titbits of obscure zoological trivia, and never so way back I discovered the
following fascinating snippet of knowledge in William Brockie’s ebook Legends and Superstitions of the County of
(1886), which was fully new to me and definitely warrants a
point out on ShukerNature.

right here it’s:


For those who throw a furry worm, within the North referred to as Bushy Hubert, over
your head, and take care to not look to see the place it alights, you’re positive to
get one thing new earlier than lengthy.


The 1974 EP Publishing version of William
Brockie’s ebook Legends and Superstitions
of the County of Durham
, initially revealed in 1886 (public area/EP
Publishing – reproduced right here on a strictly non-commercial Honest Use foundation for
instructional/assessment functions solely)

Durham is within the northeast of England, and though I had by no means heard of Bushy
Hubert earlier than, I suspected that it was most likely a neighborhood title used there for some
type of furry caterpillar.

positive sufficient, once I investigated it I found that the creature in query
was none aside from the woolly bear, the famously furry caterpillar of the
backyard tiger moth Arctia caja, a
frequent species in Nice Britain. One other nomenclatural novelty duly deciphered!


Grownup backyard
tiger moth Arctia caja, one among Britain’s
most tasty native moth species (public area)

This ShukerNature weblog article is excerpted from my newest ebook, Secret Snakes and Serpent Surprises, revealed earlier this 12 months by Coachwhip Publications and out there from Amazon UK, Amazon USA, and all different good on-line and bodily bookstores.


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