PREDICT THE WEATHER?

Summer is over. Fall is around the corner. This is the time of year we see the little legendary fuzzy caterpillars, whose bands of color tell us what winter will be like. The more brown, the milder the winter or so they say. I saw my first one the other day. He was all black. We’ll see if his prognostication is accurate!

I decided to look up information about these little creatures. I enjoyed the online article in the Old Farmer’s Almanac. They even had this picture that they said I could share. According to the 1999 Old Farmer’s Almanac, in 1948, Dr. C.H. Curran, currator at the American Museum of Natural History made Woolley Caterpillars the most recognizable caterpillar in North America by his eight year experiment trying to prove scientifically that the color bands would predict the weather. He may not have succeeded scientifically, but he made us all believe they really did predict the weather!

Here is the link to the article on the Woolley Caterpillars.

woolly-worm
PHOTO CREDIT: Catherine Boeckmann
Compliments of the Old Farmer’s Almanac

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