The color of wooly worms

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-11-2012
The color of wooly worms
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Sun, 09-29-2013 - 10:01am

I want to first put out a disclaimer that I am very new when it comes to wildlife watching so I may be asking questions everyone else might know already. I was out walking yesterday and saw a white wooly worm. I have never seen a white one before. A few feet later I saw a typical black/brown one. Is this a sign of a cold winter?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 09-29-2013 - 12:51pm

As you can see, no two wooly wormsa re exactly alike, which sort of puts the kaibosh on their predicting capabilities. Traditionally, the narrower the dark band across the middle of the wee beastie, the harsher the winter i ssupposed to be but...

scientists say there is no correlation between woolly worms’ bands and winter weather. Instead, they note that the color and size of a woolly worm’s bands are likely affected by several factors, including availability of food, conditions during development, age and species. http://sciencemadefun.net/blog/?p=3249

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 09-30-2013 - 2:45pm

To be honest, this is the first year that I've actually noticed these worms.  Not too many...but more than I've ever seen before.  And I haven't gotten close enough to check their "bands"....they just look all black to me...LOL....

Laura