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Can ‘Woolly Worms’
Predict The Weather?

Photos special to On the left is a woolly worm similar to those seen in Greene County. On the right, a woolly worm has transformed into the Isabella tiger moth. The coloring of woolly worms is believed by some to foretell the upcoming Winter's severity.

Originally published: 2013-10-07 11:25:58
Last modified: 2013-10-07 11:40:09

By Brian Cutshall,

Legend has it that the “woolly worm” can predict Winter weather, similar to how the groundhog “forecasts” Spring weather.

The most common “woolly worm” is the Isabella tiger moth's caterpillar.

Folklore says that the amount of black in the local woolly worm’s body can foretell the severity of the upcoming Winter in that geographic area.

How? A woolly worm with more black than brown supposedly indicates a harsher Winter, while more brown than black means a milder Winter.

The “low tech meteorologist” is honored in many Fall festivals, including 2013 Woolly Worm Festivals in Banner Elk, N.C., Oct. 19-20, and in Beattyville, Ky., Oct. 19-21.

Vermilion, Ohio, honored Woolly’s northern counterpart at the Woollybear Festival, held on Oct. 6.

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