- by Debra Anchors
|Wooly bear caterpillar|
|Isabella tiger moth|
The folklore goes like this:
- The more narrow the middle band (or wider the black end bands) of a wooly bear caterpillar, the more harsh the winter will be.
- If the black band at the head of the caterpillar is wider than the end, the beginning of winter will be harsher than the end of winter.
- If the black tail band of the caterpillar is wider than the band at the head, then vice-versa; late winter will be harsh.
There is no hard science behind the folklore, but some of us think the wooly bear is much more accurate at predicting a harsh winter than many meteorologists. But, what do you think? Can woolly bears predict winter weather?
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