A continuation of the post from August 15, 2020 "Buzzwords: VERSES about INSECTS"
bello, bella: Italian (male, female forms) for fine, handsome or beautiful
The best-known name for this common North American insect derives from the larval form, the banded woolly bear. The caterpillar, with reddish-brown midsection and vertically demarcated black front and rear ends, is often seen in the autumn, appears playful to children, and is non-toxic. There is no easily appreciated visual difference between the genders for either larval or adult stages. Several small locales in the United States celebrate these cute caterpillars with fall 'woollybear' festivals.
Authors' Note: Fact-sheets dealing with related key information have been posted here by etymologists. These include short poems pertaining to insects that eat woollens, scavenge for food, destroy wood structures, prey on human blood and torment domestic pets.
Readers are advised to exercise care in distinguishing entomologists from etymologists.
Armchair entomologists with a sense of adventure might wish to continue their travels by proceeding to a later blogpost dealing with "A Selection of ECTO-PARASITES".
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