Search Results for “”

Hairy Caterpillars: Cuddly or Dangerous?

We are blessed to live in a world where fuzzy caterpillars exist. Looking like little bundles of fur, are these critters as utterly harmless as they appear to be, or are they hiding something far more sinister under their dazzling coats? Continue reading [...]

Fuzzy Black Caterpillar Could Be Garden Tiger Moth Larvae

We believe the fuzzy black caterpillar that our reader sent us a photograph of is a Garden Tiger moth larva. These caterpillars are found all over the world and mature into stunning moths! Continue reading [...]
Woolly Worms or Wooly Bear six red segments

Woolly Worms and Winter: Foreteller or Folklore?

Summary: Do the stripes of woolly worms stripes predict the length or severity of winter? It’s a long standing folk tradition that woolly worms, or woolly bears, the caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella) can predict whether the coming winter will be harsh or mild. According to the tradition, the longer the woolly bear's black bands, the longer and more severe the winter will be, and the wider the middle brown band is indicates a milder upcoming winter. If the head end of the caterpillar is dark, the beginning of winter will be longer, darker, and harder. If the tail end is dark, the end of winter will be more severe. Alternate traditions state that if a woolly worm’s coat is thick, it will be a cold winter, or that if a that woolly bear caterpillar crawls in Continue reading [...]

Keeping a Wooly Worm as a Pet

A reader asked us if wooly worms could be kept as a pet. They can! Wooly worms are common pets in classrooms, as children can learn a lot from observing their lifecycle. Continue reading [...]
woolly bear caterpillar

What is a Banded Woolly Bear Worm?

After the Isabella tiger moth lays its eggs, the banded woolly bear emerges in the fall. It remains in caterpillar form during the winter. It produces a substance called cryoprotectant, which protects it from the cold during the freezing winter months. Continue reading [...]

What Do Wooly Worms Eat?

Wooly worms eat a variety of plants and vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, grass, and clover. In order to survive, they must eat large quantities of food before settling in for the winter. Continue reading [...]
Menu / Search

All About Worms