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Black Wooly Worm Habits

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. Continue reading [...]

Wooly Worm Festival and Beatyville Car Show

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. Continue reading [...]

Can Woolly Worms Really Predict the Winter?

In the American Northeast, it is believed that if the woolly worm has more brown on its body than black, it will be a fair winter. If the woolly worm has more black than brown, the winter will be harsh. Continue reading [...]

Beattyville Kentucky Wooly Worm (Festival)

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. Continue reading [...]

The Woolly Worm: Life Cycle and Care

The furry woolly worm can be spotted during the fall months in great numbers inching along the ground. While you will notice them in great numbers during the fall months, the woolly worm actually has two life cycles, so they can also be found inching around in June and July. Woolly worms may look small, but these dazzling creatures have 13 segments and three sets of legs. They have tiny eyes, but they make their way around mostly by feeling around and touching. Once the woolly worm has found its home for the winter, it will create a natural organic antifreeze that protects the interior of its cells. Everything else will freeze, but the woolly worm will still survive. The antifreeze protects the creature in freezing temperatures that can dip as low as –90 degrees Fahrenheit. The wooly Continue reading [...]

How to Care for Woolly Worms

Caring for Woolly Worms isn’t that difficult if you have a few simple tools such as a calendar, a container or cage, and the right feed. Before we discuss how to care for woolly worms, here is a bit of information about woolly worms. About Woolly Worms The woolly worm (also spelled “wooly worm”) is actually a caterpillar or the larvae of the Isabella tiger moth. The tiger moth belongs to the arctiidae family, which has 11,000 species of moths around the world. The tiger moth is a beautiful creature with bright colors such as scarlet, yellow, orange, and white and rich hues ranging from black to beige. Equally as bright and beautiful, the woolly worm may have a burnt orange color in the middle and it may be black on both ends. Some woolly worms, however, are completely black or completely Continue reading [...]
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