Posted on: September 17, 2015 | Written By: Doug Oster |
Folklore says the wider the orange/brown band on a woolly bear caterpillar, the milder the winter will be.
The caterpillar on the right predicts an easy winter, and we could sure use one after the last two tough seasons.
The legend of the woolly bear predicting the weather dates back to 1948 according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Dr. C.H. Curran went searching for caterpillars, collected as many as he could find, recorded the size of the orange/ brown band and waited to see what winter was like.
He continued for the next eight years and concluded that the bigger the orange/brown band, the milder the winter.
Often times each woolly bear caterpillar will have different coloring in the same season. I just happened to find one with lots of orange, I’m not looking for another.
Scientists discount the folklore, but any hope of an easy winter is welcomed. Can this cute little caterpillar really do worse than the weatherman?
If you love woolly bear caterpillars, then check out the festival in their honor on October 4, 2015in Vermillion, Ohio.