Woolly worms are a tiger moth caterpillar and legend has it that they can determine if the coming winter will be mild or harsh. Woolly worms, also known as woolly bears, have a black band at each end with a band of reddish brown in the middle. Folk wisdom states that if the brown bands on the woolly worms are narrow, the winter will be harsh. If the brown band is wide, the winter will be mild.
Well according my woolly worm found today... drum roll please...we are going to have a mild winter! Now, there is some folklore wisdom I can go by like "rain before 7, it will quit before 11." but woolly worms aren't a strong predictor for me.
However, woolly worms are a lot of fun. When you find a couple of them or more, name them and have a woolly worm race this fall!
So, how do you predict the weather when woolly worms come out?