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?
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!
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.
Whether you call it a wooly bear caterpillar or a wooly worm caterpillar, the wooly bear is the same thing. Wooly bears are a furry insect that can be spotted during the fall months in large numbers. They can be seen inching along the ground in small groups or alone. While you will notice them in great numbers during the fall months, the wooly bear caterpillar actually has two life cycles. This means you can also find them inching along the ground in June and July as well.
Prior to settling in for the winter, the wooly worm will survive by eating a variety of plants such as cabbage, spinach, grass, and clover. And to protect itself from predators, the wooly worm will curl up into a ball, exposing only its bristles, which can be quite irritating to the skin.
The Wooly Worm Festival and Beattyville Car Show take place in the small town of Beattyville Kentucky. The Beattyville Kentucky Car Show features classic autos of all kinds displayed by owners from all over the country.
During most Wooly Worm Festivals (also spelled Woolly Worm Festival) other fun activities take place. Beattyville Kentucky Wooly Worm Festival activities include: Wooly worm races, games, arts and crafts, live music, and prize giveaways.
The ability of banded woolly worms to predict the weather is the basis for a popular festival. Their all-white “cousins” and a host of other insects are also part of the many truths and folklore revolving around the seasons.
The wooly bear worm is most famous for its legendary ability to predict winter weather. Also known as wooly worm, woolly worm, black-ended bear, fuzzy bear, or banded wooly bear, the wooly bear worm is actually the caterpillar (larval stage) of the Isabella Tiger Moth.
The Woolly Worm festival (sometimes spelled as “Wooly Worm” festival) draws 25,000 Woolly Worm enthusiasts annually to Banner Elk, North Carolina to see these fuzzy, woolly worms (actually caterpillars) race.