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Gold to crimson leaves are not the only signs of a changing season.

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A black and russet-banded Woolly Bear makes its way along Little Crum Creek.

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 Come spring, it may pupate, emerging as an adult Isabella Tiger Moth.

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But autumn’s caterpillar must first endure a long cold winter:
taking shelter, curling in bristly cover against predators,
and, incredibly, generating a cryoprotectant chemical
to safeguard cells from freezing temperatures…

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waiting for spring and the return of warmer weather.

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