For centuries sailors and farmers have looked at behavioural patterns of insects to forecast the weather. It is said, if a spider leaves its web, it is going to rain. Or, that if bees fly close to the hive this foretells bad weather, whereas bees that fly far from the hive foretells good weather.
You won’t see a wasp or a bee in the rain as they don’t like to fly in the rain. Not surprising if you think how large a rain drop is in comparison to a wasp! Here are some interesting superstitions about insects and the weather.
- Spiders weaving their webs during the middle of the day indicates continued good weather.
- Fireflies in great numbers indicate fair weather.
- When spiders’ webs in air do fly, the spell will soon be very dry.
- When spider webs are wet with dew that soon dries, expect a fine day.
- Frogs singing in the evening indicates fair weather the next day.
- Ants scatter in fair weather, and travel in lines when stormy weather comes.
- Ants close their holes before storms and open the holes when clear.
- If ants their walls do frequent build, rain will from the clouds be spilled.
- Ants are busy just before rain.
- Spiders in motion indicate rain.
- Leeches kept in glass jars are active just before rain.
- Ants building up their mounds indicates rain soon.
- When cockroaches fly, expect rain.
- Fireflies fly low before a rain.
- The louder the frogs, the more the rain.
- When spiders strengthen their webs, expect a storm.
- Woodlice run in large numbers before a rain.
- Spider webs floating at autumn sunset bring a night frost.
- When hornets build their nests near the ground, expect a cold and early winter.
- Fleas are many before rain and snow.
If we have missed any pests please let us know!