It’s time again to shine the spotlight on a certain caterpillar—the woolly worm! According to folklore, this fuzzy fellow has the ability to predict the weather. Folklore says that if the rusty brown band is wide (more segments), then it will be a mild winter. The more black there is, the more severe the winter.
Moreover, how does a wooly worm predict winter?
The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm or fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather. The wider the rusty brown sections (or the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter.
Secondly, what is the old saying about wooly worms? (MORE: Animals Can Predict Earthquakes, Study Finds) When using wooly bear caterpillars, better known as wooly worms, to predict the weather, tradition says the width of the brown band on the worm is key, according to KSPR. If the band on the worm is narrow, it will be a harsh winter.
Also, do Black wooly worms mean a bad winter?
The longer the woolly bear’s black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be. Similarly, the wider the middle brown band is associated with a milder upcoming winter. The position of the longest dark bands supposedly indicates which part of winter will be coldest or hardest.
Are wooly worms dangerous?
A woolly’s stiff bristles do not sting, nor is its body poisonous. But bristly hairs cause discomfort as they build up in the stomach linings of birds. Our native cuckoos are among the few local birds that can eat woolly bears and other hairy caterpillars.