Nature Notes

Woolly Bear

December 17, 2013
a person holding an insect

Want to know how much snow we’re going to get this winter? All you’ve got to do is pick up a woolly bear, those fuzzy, black and brown caterpillars found crawling this time of year. American folklore holds that the ratio of black to brown on a woolly bear caterpillar will predict the severity of the upcoming winter. More black means a harsh, snow-filled, wild winter, while more brown predicts milder weather and less sever weather.

We’ll let you decide for yourselves. Below are two woolly bear caterpillars photographed over the last few weeks around camp. If you are able to take a wider sampling around your own home, please let us know if your results match ours or if your woolly bears predict something different.