Wooly Bear Winter

Woolly Bear

Normally this wouldn’t be of interest, BUT, since we’ve been spending most of our time up in Sullivan County, NY this month, we see Woolly Bear caterpillars constantly. Every step you take on the road, there’s another black and brown fella trying to make his way to other side.

Anyway, this is from NPR Morning Edition. It’s going to be a cold, wet winter. Or maybe it won’t, who knows.¬†Listen¬†here:

Sit down, Punxsutawney Phil. Over the weekend, people in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, gathered for a weather forecast from caterpillars. Woolly bear caterpillars are black, with a brown stripe down the middle and folklore says the larger the stripe, the milder the winter. At the 17th annual Woolly Worm Winter Weather Prognostication Festival – say that twice – several woolly bears predicted a wet, cold winter ahead. Of course, they were wrong last year.


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5 Responses to Wooly Bear Winter

  1. John October 16, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    So I take it Woolly bear is the correct term for those creatures – over here in Ireland we cal them hairy mollies lol!…and the more I think of it I haven’t been seeing them around much anymore??

  2. Bruce October 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    The paper wasp nests are very high up in branches this year. Chipmunks abound. Huge mast year to feed all the critters. It’s gonna be an ol time winter.

  3. Elise Freda October 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Yes, watch your step in Sullivan County right now as these wooly guys are EVERYWHERE. Not sure what it means in terms of how the winter is going to be, but I have never seen so many as this year.

  4. Matthew Pike October 20, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    We don’t even get these fellas over here, we get greenish ones but not very common.

  5. the Outage October 20, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    FWIW, the woolies in the WV mountains were predominantly orange (i.e., ‘mild’) this fall. This, after last season’s 220+” snow totals.

    So… maybe a reprieve from Old Man Winter this year?

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