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Woolly Bear Caterpillars and a Rough Winter

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Thanks to everyone who has shared observations about acorns and squirrels. With some exceptions, there appears to be an overwhelming number of locations with record acorn drops. This is just  one of many  signs of a hard winter. As we enter October, we will want to switch gear and start to find and observe woolly bear caterpillars.These critters can be found in driveways, sidewalks and near buildings. When you see a caterpillar note: If there is a narrow orange band in the middle of the Woolly Bear caterpillar, it warns of heavy snow. If they are fat and fuzzy expect bitter cold.

If you spot a Woolly Bear Caterpillar, let us know what you see.

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1 Susan Higgins { 03.04.19 at 11:27 am }

Interesting! Did he have orange and black bands? Where are you located (state)?

2 Seventeenthirtynate { 03.01.19 at 5:22 pm }

Three days ago I rescued a woolly bear from a forklift on our factory floor. Unaware of what they eat or what this one had been eating I freaked out and gave it an Applecore. I have since researched what they eat and attempted to feed it clover and other leafy greens but, now it seems that it only has a taste for Apple. Did I break it? (I fear that I may have turned it into a sugar junkie, is this a possibility?) -1730N8

3 Doug { 10.26.17 at 10:16 pm }

Northeast PA– fall of 2017 the Wooly’s have been more abundant than in other years, the brown is not narrow on most but certainly not wide either. They are for the most part pretty fuzzy. So with the prediction model medium to heavy snow with some cold temps.

4 Susan Higgins { 10.22.17 at 12:56 pm }

Hi Barbara1 Actually, all black caterpillars are another species, and not the woolly worm/woolly bear. Take a look:

5 Barbara { 10.21.17 at 1:26 pm }

I just saw a all black woolly worm. Does this mean we will have a bad winter?

6 JANA { 10.08.17 at 4:41 pm }

Just saw a woolly bear this morning it was all black and fat…first one I have seen here in West Texas in a long time…?

7 Susan Higgins { 09.05.17 at 4:49 pm }

Hi Betty, if you want, you can email it to and we’ll take a look!

8 Betty { 09.04.17 at 9:42 am }

Well I just found 2 black woolly bears on my home. They appear to be of the lepord moth they are all black with orange rings on them. I took a photo but not sure how to load it on this page

9 Roger Spear { 07.08.17 at 5:01 pm }

I live in Birmingham Alabama which is in the north central part of the state…the tail end of the Piedmont area (Appalachian Mountains) Today is July 8 2017 and just found a big black fuzzy caterpillar that we used to refer to as a ‘woolly bugger’. He was within about 10′ of the front of the house, and our lot is very wooded. First I’ve found in a number of years but then I don’t roam the fields and woods as much as I did in my youth. He was solid black with no orange stripe. We seldom have harsh winters so we’ll see how it goes.

10 Susan Higgins { 01.31.17 at 1:31 pm }

Hi Jackie, that is odd! Where are you located? If you’ve had a warm stretch, there may have been some hatching. Also be sure it’s an actual Woolly Worm Caterpillar — what was the thickness of its orange band?

11 Jackie Guenther { 01.30.17 at 9:00 pm }

just saw a woolybear outside on the snow, we had a day with rain and snow and mild temps. Thinking it odd to see at this time of year though! Any thoughts or theory’s as to what it means?

12 BETH { 12.11.16 at 5:05 pm }

Found a pure black wooly in our garage this past week in North Central Arkansas and he is like 3 inches long and an inch in diameter! Makes me shiver,lol!

13 Jo { 11.08.16 at 8:13 am }

We live in St. Paul, MN. Found one last night in the garage. He’s got a wide orange/brown band. We did not know these were typical for Fall and worried it was confused by the 70 degree November temps.

14 ac { 10.30.16 at 5:46 pm }

my new life in upstate new york and nature saw the little crawling critter crawling towards my door. this my second caterpillar which i rarely see. these species are so amazing. we picked it up to find a warm place. it quickly turned into a ball and we let it be. i hope we didn’t harm it. 2 weeks earlier i saw a yellow caterpillar crawling around my picnic blanket. we also have had lots of acorns dropping. nature is beauty

15 Jeenifer { 10.28.16 at 7:55 pm }

Just saw my first all black woolly bear here in Richmond Va.

16 Darryl Adams { 10.18.16 at 1:04 pm }

In the past week I have seen 12 of the biggest woolybears i have ever seen. Growing up in the hills of Ky, I have seen a few in my years. They have all been black with no orange at all. Get your thermals ready….

17 Lori { 10.17.16 at 10:01 am }

Just saw my first Wooly bear. Solid black. We’re in Columbus which is in. south central Indiana

18 Cathy { 10.15.16 at 11:57 pm }

I’m the past couple months, we have found several all black wooly bears, near Erie, Pa…look for a hard, cold winter!

19 Margo Bond { 10.13.16 at 7:23 pm }

Today is October 13,2016 I spotted a Wooley Bear caterpillar today in PEI Canada.

20 carol phillips { 09.27.16 at 10:18 am }

I seen one on my porch in rustburg va

21 Ajknuds { 09.03.16 at 3:13 pm }

Found one in Barnes WI under a fern today!

22 Dee { 03.09.16 at 5:10 pm }

I just found a live plump woolly bear on March 9, 2016 in a suburb of Cleveland OH. Picture to prove it.

23 Danny { 03.04.16 at 6:28 pm }

My daughter found one today. March 4th 2016. He is fluffy and furry! Oh and moving arou d alot. We are in Puyallup, Washington

24 Danny { 03.04.16 at 6:27 pm }

My daughter found one today. March 4th 2016. He is fluffy and furry! Oh and moving arou d alot.

25 Sunshine { 12.22.15 at 12:28 pm }

I just found a fat black wolly worm in my house. I live in eastern ky.

26 Kandy { 12.07.15 at 4:20 pm }

I live join Mountain Home, AR, we haven’t seen any wooly worms, or tarantula’s at all, what does that mean.

27 Sue { 10.13.15 at 5:42 pm }

My husband/I are seeing them all over our 5 acres. Don’t look thin to me at all.

28 Chris { 09.21.15 at 5:17 pm }

Just spotted a solid black one. It was nearly two inches long.

29 fat Brown woolly worms are everywhere, { 09.03.15 at 8:26 pm }

They are crossing the roads ALOT of them. Most are Brown. Some have Orange on them. What does this mean?

30 Susan Higgins { 09.03.15 at 11:47 am }
31 Michelle { 09.02.15 at 7:13 pm }

I saw 4solid gold wooly bears today crossing the road what kind of winter do you think we’ll have Rocky mount va. Signed michelle

32 Desiree { 04.06.15 at 11:05 am }

Chicago, IL
I just bought my home last November, I’ve seen these before winter and even now after/end of winter, beginning of spring. They look pretty, but my goodness they are everywhere. Should I be concerned wit the kids playing outside?

33 amanda { 11.22.14 at 1:21 pm }

I’ve got a little guy on a paper towel right now. In the past month I have seen about five, all with a fatter brown stripe, all were an inch or so long.

34 zach { 11.22.14 at 9:30 am }

Got one in my deer hunting shack right now here in wisconsin its black with a brown band

35 Lynn { 11.12.14 at 7:25 pm }

I saw an all black Woolley this morning crawling around in the Autumn leaves. He was about 3 1/2 inches long. I live on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.

36 paulina { 11.10.14 at 8:07 am }

North Alabama… solid black wolly bear about a inch long big and fluffy

37 craig gates { 11.05.14 at 5:06 pm }

In Lively, Ontario, Canada

38 craig gates { 11.05.14 at 5:05 pm }

Found one in my garage today about 1″ 1/4 long, both black and orange strips are roughly equal.

39 jennifer { 11.01.14 at 8:01 am }

I went hiking last month and there was 4 really fat pure black ones… I was by Metcalf Bottoms.

40 Nancy { 10.29.14 at 8:32 am }

I am in Baltimore MD.
I went out this morning in my yard and threr was an all black one. I have two little dogs can they hurt my dogs?

41 Ivy { 10.19.14 at 5:34 pm }

I heard my dog barking a few minutes ago and when I went out on my deck she was barking at a Wooly Bear. I live on the southern Oregon Coast and in the 8 years I’ve lived here, this is the first one I’ve seen.

42 Donna { 10.13.14 at 8:39 am }

I live in Hamilton, Ontario and have recently seen two wooly caterpillars, both of which had small amounts of black at the head and tail end, with a long band of the rust colour in the middle . They were both on the chunky side. I’m not sure if that signifies a harsh winter or not. Can anyone clarify?

43 Alice { 10.11.14 at 8:47 pm }

I am in Atlanta Ga and I saw very fat all black one today in my garage, never saw anything like it before down here in Ga where you see everything!

44 ivette Martin { 10.09.14 at 4:36 pm }

I am 60 years old! I never saw a blonde wooley bear! I was truly amassed . Are the blonde woolly bears harmless ????? We need to know this stuff !!!

45 Jen { 10.07.14 at 4:59 pm }

10/07/2014. I saw an all blonde woolly worm in central Pennsylvania. It walked around the rim of the porch fountain and down the pump cord to presumably get a drink.

46 Nick { 10.06.14 at 6:35 pm }

ST. Lous MO:
Found a fat furry one with a large amount of the brown in the middle and black at polar ends. aprox 4.5 inches long.

47 mason rebol { 10.02.14 at 11:47 pm }

We found a wholly bear caterpillar in our garage. It is very fuzzy with black/orange/black in color. The orange is a thick band. We picked it up and made a habitat for it. It is so cute. We live in Utah

48 mason rebol { 10.02.14 at 11:45 pm }

We found a wholly bear caterpillar in our garage. It is very fuzzy with black/orange/black in color. The orange is a thick band. We picked it up and made a habitat for it. It is so cute.

49 Tracey { 10.02.14 at 5:19 pm }

I found an all black furry caterpillar this evening on the brick facade of our home here in Indiana. No bands of color.

What kind of weather prediction will Indiana have with this black bear? Hopefully not a repeat of last Winter.

50 louise patterson { 10.01.14 at 11:23 am }

Asheville, NC. Have noticed all black wooly worms and an astonishing amount of acorns. Louise

51 beverly { 09.29.14 at 5:47 pm }

I live in Brooklyn park md I have seen two big wolley bear catapillars

52 Cathy { 09.28.14 at 2:20 pm }

I live in Brantford Ontario Canada, sofar over the past 2 weeks I’ve evicted 6 really fat and fuzzy Wooly Bear Caterpillars from my backyard. They’ve been relocated over the fence as our dog likes to play with insects and snack on them. I’ve also relocated at least a dozen or more of the white and black Tussock Moth Caterpillars aswell. However they were all white with black spots and no black hairs so not sure if it’s actually the Tussock.

53 Angela { 09.28.14 at 10:19 am }

I was cleaning up my yard and we found one my kids were excited but we didn’t touch the caterpillar. We live in Gretna,Neb.

54 michelle { 09.23.14 at 5:28 pm }

I live in Arkansas and was outside working in our yard when I spotted a huge solid black wooley worm. Does that mean we are going to have a bad or long winter?

55 Jessica { 09.18.14 at 4:07 pm }

I was walking in the woods and saw a woolly being attacked by a bird he was in the grass squirming, I picked him up and tried to put him on a branch but he or she would not get off my finger.. So I took it home and places him in a huge glass jar with sticks and leaves and lettuce and keep my spray bottle at hand. It seems very happy and munching away on the good fresh greens lol,

56 Jan { 09.18.14 at 1:36 pm }

Here on the north end of Lake Couchiching, Ontario the red oaks are bountiful with very large acorns, more so than we have seen over the last 7 years. The woolly bear catepillar’s orange band is wide as we’ll.

57 FoggyDays { 09.13.14 at 3:17 pm }

I just went for a long walk in the reserve and saw several wooly bears. Most, except for the young ones, have quite a bit of black on them, more than I remember seeing last year which was a brutal year here in Minnesota. So, we will see what the winter brings. So far, it has been cooler than average in Sept. Time will tell.

58 John Pascarella { 09.09.14 at 9:49 pm }

I live in the East Mountains outside of Albuquerque New Mexico in the last few days I have noticed that we have hundreds and hundreds of black solid black fuzzy caterpillars everywhere, on the walls in the grass in the garage all over the camper and can’t figure out what that actually means. My email address is If you can please send me an answer to this question I would appreciate it like I said they are solid black caterpillars no brown no stripes just solid black hundreds and hundreds of them everywhere. Thank you very much

59 Denise { 09.08.14 at 10:44 am }

I’m from Pocono Mountains PA and I saw an all light orange wooley this morning. Sept 8, 2014
Hopefully that means a mild winter ???

60 Nancy { 09.06.14 at 5:25 pm }

I have seen a couple of white ones in the last weekand today again in Bellevue, Nnbraska

61 Debbie { 09.03.14 at 12:26 pm }

I live in Ohio and I saw a all black fat one. Are we in for a cold snowy winter ?

62 Wayne Vetre { 09.02.14 at 7:14 am }

I just saw a large fuzzy all black one. Guilford ct

63 jamie { 09.01.14 at 5:36 pm }

I just saw a pure white one

64 Delaware { 08.30.14 at 11:28 am }

Just found two blondes and a solid orange enjoying my hydrangea. We have a lot of the wooley caterpillars in our backyard and I’ve never noticed the blondes before.

65 Roberta E. { 08.25.14 at 2:47 pm }

About the first week in August I found two “blonde” wooley caterpillars on my deck in Southwest Washington. There were no dark rings at all; the only black coloring was on the head itself! Wasn’t it early to see them? No more since. From what I’m reading are we to have a mild winter here in Washington state; we’re about 90 miles north of Portland, Oregon. Interested to hear your response. Mrs. DTE

66 David { 08.24.14 at 2:44 pm }

Been seeing all white wooly worms. I’m not the only one seeing them as well. West Michigan.

67 Barbara Reynolds { 07.14.14 at 9:30 am }

I saw a pure black very furry caterpillar in Levittown PA on Sunday July 13, 2014. Does this mean we are in store for another harsh winter.

68 Taryn { 07.08.14 at 6:36 pm }

Wooly bears cannot tell what winter will be like. It is just a rumor. They are colored and shaped by their enviornment. If they are not fuzzy, fat, and bright colored, there’s not enough food. If they are fat, well, there is plenty of food. And I’ve seen the fat fuzzy ones and the skinny dull ones during the same fall.

69 Tracee McGee { 12.24.13 at 6:15 pm }

I live in fredericksburg Virginia and I found a fat fuzzy all black caterpillar in my neighbors driveway! My kids picked it up and are loving this thing!!!

70 Kimberley Jennings { 12.01.13 at 12:00 pm }

We live in Wilton, ME and found a wooly bear and it was fat with a wide band

71 allen { 11.20.13 at 7:39 pm }

Found a solid black one today in middle Maryland

72 Melissa { 11.16.13 at 3:43 pm }

Just found a Woolley in my bathroom sink! Lakeville MA 02347. Mostly brown just black at the ends.

73 Sara H { 11.12.13 at 12:05 am }

I live in Frankton, IN and I saw one today that was entirely orange with just a tiny black speck on the front.

74 Bob { 11.10.13 at 10:32 pm }

I live in fleetwood pa and I saw a black catipillar with an orange band around it

75 Kathie Roles { 11.07.13 at 11:31 pm }

We live in Glide Oregon and usually see a lot of these catepillars every year this year we haven’t seen any . Anyone have any idea why?????

76 Barb M { 11.05.13 at 6:49 pm }

Central Iowa-I saw one Oct. 26 with a fat middle band.

77 Carrie { 11.03.13 at 9:00 am }

I line near Albany, NY and have seen a record amount this year. They have been predominantly orange with smaller black sectiins on the head and tail. I saw one that was SO small, only about a third of a pine needle and not even a quarter inch in diameter.

78 Jess { 10.28.13 at 4:25 pm }

Seymour, CT…just found a mostly brown one. Had one segment of black near head and one black segment at butt. Have found lots more that were typical black and brown banded. Seem to have a lot this year though…most have been about an inch and a quarter long

79 Gp { 10.24.13 at 9:25 am }

Hi I’m in Middletown De and I’ve been seeing black w/ orange striped wooly bears all over.

80 Cassandra { 10.23.13 at 6:07 am }

I am in Colona IL and i found 2 wooly bears in one day and “Tony” is half black half reddish brown and is about inch and a half long and half inch wide what does that mean?……….not trying to be rude or anything but if everybody would read the description they are black and reddish brown not white or black

81 Jacklynn { 10.22.13 at 10:56 pm }

I have a friend that saw an all black one, what does this mean? I saw one with a longer red band at the head and a shorter red band at the tail. Rough beginning of winter?

82 Lori { 10.22.13 at 8:20 pm }

Wooley Caterpillars all over the roads! They are bringing in corn and soy and they are all over the road. All big and fat and different band sizes

83 Jaime McLeod { 10.21.13 at 4:43 pm }

Hi Karen,
It means it’s not a woolly bear. There are many species of fuzzy caterpillars. Only striped ones are truly woolly bears.

84 Karen { 10.21.13 at 10:29 am }

Hi, I live in Western Kentucky and this morning I found a solid blonde Wooly Worm and very fuzzy. I have never seen one this color and I did take a picture of it. Do you know what this means? Thanks..

85 Shawna { 10.17.13 at 2:27 pm }

I am in Frederick, MD. I saw today a wooly bear caterpillar that was very fat/fuzzy with mostly brown mid-section and a little bit of black on either end. 10-17-13

86 blair { 10.14.13 at 10:41 pm }

Minneapolis, MN…10.13.13. Orange (well…rusty brown anyway) woolly bear caterpillar with no band on it.

87 Frank { 10.09.13 at 1:53 pm }

here in Burlington, wa. I’ve seen several of them….all about the size of a kids kindergarten pencil…with the red stripe around the middle. slightly narrower than the black on both ends (evenly distributed/separated). What constitutes what? what is narrow? a narrow red band = ?, thick red band = ? fat is considered what, more than a no. 2 pencil (about 1/4″) and upto a kindergarten pencil (3/8″)?

88 I saw a whole bunch of them difffrent sizes orange and black just like the picture it was more then 30 { 10.09.13 at 1:41 pm }

I saw a whole bunch of them difffrent sizes orange and black just like the picture it was more then 30

89 Tonya { 10.09.13 at 9:22 am }

I live in Southwestern Virginia, I seen a fat, fuzzy, long, solid black wooly bear caterpillar. Does this mean a harsh, cold winter? it’s the first that I have ever seen and not sure if there is any weather predictions made by them or not. Just curious.

90 Ivy { 10.06.13 at 10:40 pm }

Reporting in from Phoenix, OR we found one today heading from the grass to our shed. Looks just like the one in the picture, except ours is a fatter. We brought him/her in and made it a nice jar home with dirt, grass and clover, along with a nice stick to have. Looks like we are in for a hard Winter here in Oregon.

91 Suzy { 10.04.13 at 5:14 pm }

Saw a fat most red one with very little black today here in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Took pics 🙂

92 Leo Meyers { 10.04.13 at 4:46 pm }

Just saw one. It was all orange. 13 segments. What does that mean? Lucky 13 maybe?

93 Jaime McLeod { 10.04.13 at 10:46 am }

Hi Kathy,
White caterpillars don’t mean anything. They are a completely different species.

94 Kathy H { 10.03.13 at 8:14 pm }

Hi Peter, we are seeing a lot of fuzzy white caterpillars in Tamaqua PA…..Do you know what this means? Thanks

95 Jaime McLeod { 10.04.13 at 10:47 am }

Hi Shari, If it was all black, it wasn’t a woolly bear. There are many species of fuzzy caterpillars. Woolly bears must have stripes.

96 Shari { 10.03.13 at 4:50 pm }

I live in SW Ohio and saw a FUZZY, all black one. Is that mean just bitter cold?

97 Gloria Walz { 10.02.13 at 8:35 pm }

I saw a wooly bear caterpillar today with hardly ANY orange! Ii saw one Sunday with little too. I can’t say they were real fat, average probably. Wisconsin…go figure!!! 🙂

98 Jaime McLeod { 10.02.13 at 9:19 am }

Doesn’t sound like woolly bears, Justine. They don’t have antennae. Generally, caterpillars are not a sign of an infestation of any kind. They’re just coming in from the cold.

99 Justine { 10.01.13 at 5:25 pm }

I have seen 4 of these within the last 2 weeks, they are white and black. One was at work in Columbia, SC and the other three were at my home about 20 minutes away in West Columbia, SC… What do they mean? Two of them were actually inside my house. These that I’ve seen have antennas, 4 of them to be correct and they are creepy looking. Should we have someone spray or is this normal due to the weather change? Please contact me. Thanks.

100 Jaime McLeod { 09.30.13 at 11:12 am }

Michelle, White caterpillars don’t mean anything in particular. The lore surrounds woolly bears, which are black and orange.

101 Michele { 09.29.13 at 4:49 pm }

For the first time in my 45 years in KY I saw a solid white wooly worm today, what’s that mean?

102 Debby { 09.29.13 at 3:50 pm }

Just seen today sept 29th 2013 one just like the picture large orange band in middle . Does this mean lot of snow up here in pleasant mount , pa

103 Chris { 09.28.13 at 8:15 am }

Saw a big, fat , fuzzy one yesterday in Danbury, CT. Big wide orange stripe and moving fast. We’ll see.

104 Jessica { 09.20.13 at 5:06 pm }

I live in east central Indiana and I have seen wolly worms of all colors. From snow white to all black, some light orange, others striped black and rust. Not sure what that means, but I am seeing more white ones than I ever have before. I probably look like a drunk driver on the road trying to dodge the cute little buggers.

105 Jane { 09.19.13 at 6:05 pm }

My son and I just found an all black, fuzzy, and fat wooly bear. We are in Beacon, NY.

106 Jaime McLeod { 09.10.13 at 12:48 pm }

John Morrill – If it was all orange, it wasn’t a woolly bear, but some other species. Woolly bears are two-color: dark brown and rusty-orange-brown.

107 John Morrill { 09.09.13 at 7:03 pm }

I saw an all orange wooly bear in wisconsin.
any thoughts?

108 ak { 09.04.13 at 6:53 pm }

Oh and that blonde one was in northern ks

109 ak { 09.04.13 at 6:52 pm }

Found a lot of dead brown and black ones over the past couple of weeks but just saw a fast moving blonde one a few minutes ago. None with orange stripes i dont believe.

110 Jaime McLeod { 09.03.13 at 8:44 am }

The white ones aren’t woolly bears. There are many species of fuzzy caterpillars, but woolly bears must be orange and brown.

111 Sharon { 09.02.13 at 2:48 pm }

Found a white wooly bear caterpillar in Kingston,NY

112 Bryan { 08.17.13 at 12:03 pm }

Just spotted a white one in the grass feeding in Watertown New York

113 Niko { 06.19.13 at 1:46 am }

I live in the middle of MS. Found one that is all black around two inches long.

114 Jean Fereira { 12.05.12 at 10:01 am }

We found one of these calipillars in Trumbull Connecticut at our senior center.

115 Paul { 12.03.12 at 9:27 am }

I live in central PA. This fall within a five mile radius of home, I have observed the following woolly bear caterpillars: all black, orange center with equal black ends, and orange center with more black on one end than the other. They were all fat and fuzzy. I wonder, could the color be influenced by the caterpillar’s diet??

116 Kirsten { 11.26.12 at 10:37 pm }

I’m in Northern Virginia. Today I found a super-sized, fat, fuzzy, all black woolly bear caterpillar. Also, the acorns were so plentiful, they blanketed the ground. At first I was worried the thick layer would kill the grass, but the squirrels and deer have taken care of the problem!

117 mike { 11.15.12 at 4:53 pm }

acorns are few this fall, and the wollies are just as scarse. its winter on its way snow cold or both its still winter jersey mike

118 Norma Jean { 11.12.12 at 6:58 pm }

Found a nice size one today. Very healthy speciman. Prodominantly brown with about 3 black rings.. I have spotted quite a few this fall…

119 Norma Jean { 11.12.12 at 6:58 pm }

Found a nice size one today. Very healthy speciman. Prodominantly brown with about 3 black rings.. I have spotted quite a few this fall…

120 Nana { 11.10.12 at 3:54 pm }

I am in puyallup washington and I have seen a very unusually large amount of wooleys this year in several colors. I currently have a wooley bear, black and orange that has been curled up in the crook of my St Frances statues elbow for a week. What does that mean? Its so very cool !!

121 Jessica { 11.08.12 at 9:02 am }

I found an all black one yesterday in my yard and he was pretty fat and bushy…I took a picture but there’s no way to post it here, I’m in Central Pennsylvania

122 patti { 11.03.12 at 7:36 am }

catapiller was all black

123 Monica { 11.02.12 at 10:43 am }

I live in Dayton Ohio and we just found an orange stripped one. Warning all in the area.

124 Cath { 10.27.12 at 1:45 am }

Saw one today that was all black.

125 Jami { 10.24.12 at 4:12 pm }

I live in Eugene, OR. We have found four wooly bears so far. They’re are very fat and fuzzy accompanied by a band of orange in the middle. Does this mean Heavy snow with bitter cold, if I understand it correctly? Snow is in our forcast already and i can tell you it IS bitter cold outside for a week now!

126 momtolexavers { 10.19.12 at 1:43 pm }

So in keeping with tradition, I would like to report that I have seen three woolly caterpillars this month, two were solid black and the other had a narrow band of rust color. I’m here in Northwestern NJ and I little nervous about the upcoming winter since we were completely spared last year.

127 Rick { 10.18.12 at 5:56 pm }

I saw one today in Boyertown, PA on October 18, 2012.

128 Lj { 10.18.12 at 5:49 pm }

I live in SE CT (near New London) and the past couple of weeks I’ve seen white wooly bear caterpillars! What does this mean?

129 carla phillips { 10.17.12 at 8:09 pm }

My daughter and I have found two big fuzzy black ones with the orange band around the middle. I don’t want a hard winter, last5 winter in Indiana spoiled me.

130 Ron { 10.13.12 at 3:35 pm }

I just found a wooly bear on my driveway in the sun . It was about an inch and a quarter long with about a three quarter of an inch orange stripe. I hope this means we will have another mild winter. I live in Concord Twp., OH.

131 Ron { 10.13.12 at 3:34 pm }

I just found a wooly bear on my driveway in the sun . It was about an inch and a quarter long with about a three quarter of an inch orange stripe. I hope this means we will have another mild winter. I live in Concord Twp., OH.

132 cindy { 10.09.12 at 10:01 pm }

I found a wooly catipilar today. He was fat and solid black. I live in Abbottstown Pa. October 9,2012.

133 kathleen isgro { 10.09.12 at 11:04 am }

I live in Maine, there are lots of acorns dropping. The wooly catapillar is very fat, has a very wide orange stripe in the middle. The geese are flying overhead nonstop!

134 Sherry { 10.08.12 at 7:26 pm }

never mind.
I was finally reading the other comments….
thanks anyway!

135 Sherry { 10.08.12 at 7:24 pm }

I found a white one today; all white.
what does that mean?
I am searching the web to see what it means.
can anyone help?

136 Mari { 10.06.12 at 6:31 pm }

EnolaPA. Huge black woolly caterpillar sighted. Maybe some snow this winter? We will see if the myth holds true.

137 M.GILBERT { 10.06.12 at 1:06 pm }


138 Jaime McLeod { 10.01.12 at 12:30 pm }

Carrol – A white or black caterpillar is not a woolly bear. There are many species of fuzzy caterpillars. Only the striped brown and black ones are woolly bears.

139 Carrol { 09.29.12 at 2:04 pm }

What if the woolly is pure white or all black

140 Jaime McLeod { 09.26.12 at 8:58 am }

It’s probably a different species. There are many kinds of fuzzy caterpillars, but only the striped ones are true woolly bears.

Sunny and Shelby, An all white one is probably a White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar. Definitely not a woolly bear. Be careful with them. Some people have a sensitivity to their fuzz.

141 Roberta { 09.25.12 at 11:56 am }

Yesterday, 9/24/12, I fouind a small blond woolie in my back yard, Centralia, WA. What does this mean? I’ve never seen one of this color before–only one color, no stripe! Very interested! Thanks! Mrs. DTE

142 Sunny { 09.24.12 at 2:28 pm }

I just found an all white fuzzy on on my front porch too. Does this mean we’re in for a rough winter?

143 shelby rubera { 09.23.12 at 10:12 pm }

my aunt found a all white woolly bear on her car yesterday. what does that mean?

144 Chris { 09.20.12 at 10:29 pm }

I live I central Ohio. There have ban several wooly bears apear on my porch. They have ban all black and very big. Most of the time when they are all black and big like that, it means a lot of snow. At least I hope. We are lacking in water here. The more snow, the better off we will be when spring comes.

145 TAMMY { 09.12.12 at 9:02 pm }


146 Chris { 09.09.12 at 8:23 am }

We have woolly caterpillars all over this weekend. They are 99 % orange and just the tip is Black. I cannot remember if that means very cold and no snow…… Last year in Vermont it was very cold and no snow (that stinks). September 9, 2012

147 Jaime McLeod { 09.05.12 at 10:26 am }

That’s not a Woolly Bear, Kimberly. Woolly Bears are brown and orange. This looks like an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar.

148 Kimberly { 09.05.12 at 9:55 am }

We have recently found several Woolly Bear Caterpillars that are completely blonde and very fuzzy! We have lived in Northern Michigan all of our lives and have never seen Woolly Bears that look like this before. What does this mean?! Thank you! ~ Kimberly

149 Milli { 07.26.12 at 1:00 pm }

I am in N. GA mtns and I just saw a fuzzy, fat yellow catepillar crawling thru the grasss in the yard. It had a black mark on head and tail end.It is July 26, 2012 and the temp is 93.

150 luca { 03.22.12 at 6:49 pm }

put facts on this website so i can get fact off of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

151 P. Stranc { 03.15.12 at 7:16 pm }

I live in Illinois and we are now in the midst of a very warm March. I went out to my 3 season porch to get it ready for use when I found 5 of them inside the porch. Can’t imagine how they got in since the porch is completely enclosed. I put them all outside.

152 Merissa { 02.29.12 at 9:04 am }

I was really surprised when my 6 year old just found one yesterday (Feb 28). We live in West Michigan. He brought him in and made a little home for him in a container to bring to school today. I’ll put him back outside afterward where we found him.

153 Jaime McLeod { 02.27.12 at 11:36 am }

S, The best bet is to leave wildlife alone. Leave them outside, covered over by dead leaves.

154 S { 02.25.12 at 2:22 pm }

I found two woolly bear caterpillars in late fall and decided to put them in a jar and follow the directions I found on a website. Today I found another and it doesn’t seem to have hibernated. I checked on the others and one is lazily moving around, but the other hasn’t appeared to move. I really don’t want to have killed it. Should I just put them all back into the outdoors?
P.S. There appears to be a sort of cocoon type of thing in their container, could one of them have happened to have fallen out of it? What would I do?

155 Jaime McLeod { 02.01.12 at 8:41 am }

Woolly Bears can survive the winter just fine, provided they have enough cover to protect them from birds, other predators, pedestrians, etc. Find a nice, out of the way area, cover the caterpillar with some leaves, and let it hibernate for the winter.

156 Olivia { 01.31.12 at 6:19 pm }

I found a black wooly bear caterpillar outside my door today (January 31, 2012) It was pretty warm today and it was alive. I have it in a cantainer with grass and leaves and a stick. What should I do with it? Am ding the right thing? Should I let it go? Please help me.

157 Jaime McLeod { 02.01.12 at 8:44 am }

Woolly bears just travel alone, Susan. It would be unusual to find a group of them together, unless they had just hatched. They turn into a pretty amber-colored moth called the tiger moth. Here’s an article about them:

158 Susan { 01.31.12 at 6:07 pm }

I live in North Eastern New Jersey and every December, only ONE Woolly Bear arrives in the area of my basement on the floor, by my washer and dryer. Since I just found this F.A. site and found out what the name of it is, can you tell me why there is always only one and if it lived, would it turn into a butterfly or moth, and what it would look like. Thanks!

159 christina ledesma { 01.25.12 at 8:40 pm }

I live in grand rapids Michigan. I found one today and it has a large Orange strip. Also the fuzz is not that thick. Honestly this has been the most mild winter I can ever remember. More rain then snow and mild temps. I brought him home thinking he would freeze to death but I am learning he will survive so I think I will let him go.

160 Marilyn { 01.17.12 at 4:47 pm }

It’s Jan 17,2012 in NW Ohio and there is a wooly bear caterpillar on my back porch. Todays temp is 52F.

161 Jaime McLeod { 01.09.12 at 6:49 am }

We get this question a lot. The all black ones seem to be a different species. True woolly bears have an orange/brown stripe. The lore is that a narrow stripe means heavy snow. If the caterpillar is fat and fuzzy, there will be bitter cold.

162 Joanne Jacobs { 01.06.12 at 9:00 pm }

It’s January. I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania and tonight found an all black wooly catepillar inching across my driveway. I picked it up and placed it in a leafed area of the yard near the Clematis vine. Does all black and wooly mean a bad winter? We are forecasted for a mild winter in Philly.

163 upstate ny { 12.28.11 at 7:31 pm }

I’m located about 30 min east of Binghamton, NY. I saw a woolly bear caterpillar with a wide orange band about a week before Christmas. We didn’t have any snow on the ground when I saw him walking by under the apple tree.

164 Jaime McLeod { 12.19.11 at 6:53 am }

Hi Megan,
Woolly bear caterpillars hibernate through the winter buried under a covering of dead leaves. Their bodies can freeze and thaw with no damage to them. They don’t make their cocoons until spring. If you find some nice leaves to insulate him, the little guy should make it through the winter just fine.

165 Megan { 12.17.11 at 3:29 pm }

hi, I am from auburn michigan and also found the woolly bear caterpillar in the office while I was at work and we have snow already sprinkling. This one also has a wide orange band but I put it in a jar with a cotton ball that was put under water and some little pieces of grass and clovers that havent died yet in my yard. I am not sure if it would survive in this cold of weather? Seems like it would have already made a cocoon? any suggestions? Should I just let it go? it has only been a few hours.

166 Hilda perez { 12.16.11 at 1:04 pm }

I found a wolly bear when I came home from dropping my son off at school I live in a building in reading p.a it was on the yard step’s I was shock to see it because we are in the middle december…but anyway’s I took it with me upstair and been all over the web to find info on it…it very cute and I guess we are getting a bitter winter because he/she is fat and fluffy.

167 Jodi { 12.12.11 at 5:33 pm }

Here in the Capital Region area of New York state, we found all black Woolly Bear caterpillar–can’t seem to find a solid answer as to what this means….if it even does mean anything 🙂

168 Jodi { 12.12.11 at 5:30 pm }

Found an all black Woolly Bear caterpillar last week….what does this mean????

169 Jaime McLeod { 12.12.11 at 8:29 am }

Just the presence of a woolly bear caterpillar, alone, doesn’t mean anything. People claim you can forecast the weather by how fat the brown stripe on their backs. In this case, any predictions would likely apply to Washington State.

170 Michelle Wolf { 12.12.11 at 1:39 am }

I live in California, Bay Area, just bought a Christmas Tree that came from Washington. As my son was putting it up a Woolly Bear Caterpillar fell from the tree? what does that mean ? I have never seen one of those in my life!

171 Jaime McLeod { 12.12.11 at 8:34 am }

Actually, Michelle, a wide band is supposed to mean a milder winter.

172 Michelle { 12.11.11 at 3:06 pm }

I live in Southern New Jersey and found IN MY HOUSE a Woolly Bear Black and Rust/Organe (a wide band in the middle). What do I do with it? I guess we are going to have a cold/rough winter.

173 Ryan { 12.09.11 at 3:26 am }

Putting up my Christmas tree tonight a wooly fell out. He’s warming up and coming back to life. Thin coat and a small band of orange. Don’t know exactly where the tree came from but I expect north of me. So northwest Washington should expect a lot of snow with moderate temps.

174 Judy { 11.29.11 at 4:01 pm }

I saw a very big all black wooley bear at work the other night

175 Kay Sjostrom { 11.26.11 at 4:45 pm }

Ann Arbor Michigan……all black woolly bears here and they seem to be extra fluffy.

176 mainah { 11.18.11 at 11:58 am }

north of Bangor, ME all Wooleys I have seen this year have been the same color pattern regardless of their size or girth. 1/3 black ,more than 1/3 orange, the remainder black. Usually the orange is closer to 1/3 also but not this year. Also I have seen them out and about in January and February the last few years when we have had those unusually warm days!

177 melissa { 11.16.11 at 1:16 pm }

I found a solid black wooley worm saturday Nov 13, 11 in frankfort ky

178 Sharon Lorsch { 11.11.11 at 3:43 pm }

Just found a very fuzzy wooley bear caterpillar on the cement porch in the front of my house. Very beautiful. I have never seen one before. Wide rust band in the middle. I live in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Hope it finds a place to go.

179 Terri { 11.09.11 at 8:41 am }

This is the first year I have not seen any willy worms. Usually I start seeing them in Sept. & Oct.. but this year the first of Nov. I have not seen a single one. What does this mean?

180 Kimberly { 11.03.11 at 10:33 am }

We found a Wooly Bear Caterpillar yesterday on November 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan that look very much like the one pictured on this website. It’s so pretty.

181 Rebecca { 11.02.11 at 12:16 pm }

Just found a super furry wolly bear when I moved the trash cans and the leaves were disturbed. He was Black and orange, and probably older since it looked like he was basically black with orange showing segments when he curled up. I live 30 miles west of Kansas City.

182 Tedde { 10.31.11 at 9:53 pm }

We live in Moses lake, Wa. We have seen at least two dozen woolly worms. They are fat and mainly black or have a small orange band.

183 tiffany :) { 10.28.11 at 7:52 pm }

Just seen a bog fat black fuzzy wooly with orange strips…I live in New Carlisle Ohio

184 Cody { 10.27.11 at 11:59 pm }

I seen an all black wooley bear does this mean a bad winter ne ohio

185 Tim { 10.27.11 at 11:44 am }

Batavia, OH here. Have seen only solid black Woolly Worms this season. I just took a picture of one on the siding of my workplace; this Woolly is about 3″ long, solid black with thick fur.

186 Crissy { 10.24.11 at 11:04 am }

I live in NE PA and have seen two completely black wooly bears, no oragne bands at all, this fall. Does that mean we’re gonna be burried with snow?

187 Jude { 10.23.11 at 11:03 pm }

We live in northern Indiana and found a darling wooly bear yesterday that was pretty chunky (as wooly bears go), very furry, and its brown band constituted about 2/3 of its mid-section.

188 james carpenter { 10.23.11 at 6:28 pm }

I just found an all black wooly bear with the orange stripes and was real fuzzy. What’s the all black mean?

189 MD { 10.21.11 at 2:02 pm }

I saw a white wooly bear in one of my apple trees in WV – had never seen a white one before and thought about taking it, but decided to leave it alone. Other wooly bears I’ve seen this year have been all black.

190 Jim { 10.14.11 at 2:25 pm }

My wife and daughter are at Kelleys Island Ohio and found a Woolly Bear that was almost all black with a very very thin orange band. It was also was ver fat and fuzzy

191 Spatches55 { 10.10.11 at 3:02 pm }

I live in NW Indiana. I have seen tons of Black Caterpillars crossing the roads. In fact Black is the only color I’ve seen this year.

192 Dick { 10.08.11 at 11:05 pm }

I live in Vermont. This is the most woolly bears I’ve ever seen (74 They are all fat and their orange stripes average a little more than 2/3 the length of the body. Have visually measured many. I am landscaping. Even though they barely move, they seem to pop up all over.

193 Mary { 10.08.11 at 9:12 am }

I’ve been watching these little critters every fall on my little farm for 20 years. This is the first year all of them have had either NO brownish band, or just a very slight band. They have been fat and fuzzy! Should be interesting to see if the upcoming winter is as tough as legend predicts!

194 Lori { 10.07.11 at 3:42 pm }

We have a Large, Fat, all Black fluffy wooley living on my back porch. I’ve never seen one this large before. I’m in central OH.

195 Ruth { 10.07.11 at 10:45 am }

10/7/2011 I am from St. Louis, Missouri area. A co-worker of mine said that she found the biggest, fattest wooly caterpillar that she has ever seen. She took a picture of it with her cell phone as proof. It is very fuzzy and completely black – it did not even have a brown band on it like we usually see in this area.

196 Ariana { 10.06.11 at 5:33 pm }

Windsor, Mo.- I found a big fat solid black woolly worm in my childrens dirt box. It is about 3 inches long and super fat! My children are keeping him as a pet so that they can see if he is going to change into a butterfly.

197 Kimberly { 10.06.11 at 8:39 am }

10/6/11 – Malvern, PA. We found a very fuzzy / fat wooly on our sidewalk. It has a very long brown band with just a little black on each end of it.

198 Lori { 10.05.11 at 1:09 pm }

I just saw an all black woolly caterpillar. It was fat and fuzzy. It was on my back porch in Branch Hill, OH.

199 James Johnson { 10.02.11 at 3:11 pm }

I found a black super fuzzy wooly bear caterpillar in my yard in Lehi, Utah.

200 Lisa Dove { 10.02.11 at 2:59 pm }

We live south of St Joseph, MO. We have several wooly caterpillars- blonde, orange, brown, and black. Not sure if they indicate anything about the winter but they sure are cute. Sounds like several others are finding signs of lots of snow with the persimmon spoons and heavy crops of acorns. Guess we’ll prepare, wait and see. We’re still canning tomatoes!!

201 Juanita { 09.29.11 at 7:59 am }

My sister showed me a caterpillar yesterday that she found under an apple tree. It was real fuzzy and fat and totally black, no bands of orange at all. I’ve seen them with a small band and I have found white ones but never an all black one.

202 jleader20 { 09.27.11 at 5:42 pm }

I found a woolly bear caterpillar. 9/27/11 6 miles south of the Wisconsin border in North Central Illinois . 75% black and the remainder brown…..

203 Helen { 09.13.11 at 11:51 am }

I had an all black very fat woolly bear on the side of my chimney. What does an all black one mean?

204 Ronna Stanley { 09.08.11 at 4:41 pm }

I live in Orwell ( western ) Vermont near Lake Champlian. The wolly bear on my porch was not fat but was very furry and PURE WHITE even maybe a silver tone…. he had black fuzzy antennas ( like a wisker) and a button black nose… the cutest I have ever seen… PLEASE SAY THIS DOES NOT MEAN ICE AGE…. = ?

205 farmgrl59 { 09.03.11 at 3:55 pm }

I live in Jay Maine and I just found my first wolly bear caterpillar. It has a black head and the rest of the body is orange. What kind of winter do you predict?

206 Lisa { 08.30.11 at 6:58 pm }

I live in Underwood, IN and a friend lives in Louisville, KY. I saw solid black one this past weekend and she saw a solid white one??? What do the colors mean?

207 chrisramcumar { 08.28.11 at 11:19 pm }

i just found a catipillar that i thought was a wolly bear and i caught it in a jar. when i tried to stretch it it emited a green slime. is this trure of a wolly bear.if you know or expierenced this please let me know

208 Rachel { 08.26.11 at 11:58 am }

I live in Denver, CO and saw the most beautiful wooly worm this morning on my way to work. It was crawling under neath the car. I pulled back to get a closer glimpse. It was banana yellow and either end of it was black. It was quite long and moving about quickly. It also had really long horns. What is this indicative of?

209 Susan Cornwell { 08.22.11 at 5:21 pm }

Enjoyed the above comments regarding others observations , but feel the need to dispell an error. According to Wikipedia, a source I have come to respect..
The setae of the woolly bear caterpillar do not inject venom and are not urticant–they do not cause irritation, injury, inflammation, or swelling.[1] However, they will play dead if picked up or disturbed. Handling them is discouraged, however, as the bristles may cause dermatitis in people with sensitive skin.

They are NOT poisonous, and I have handled them on many occasions without reaction of any sort. 🙂

210 Jodi { 08.15.11 at 6:04 pm }

I live in central Iowa and the woolly caterpillars we have been finding are solid cream colored. What does that mean? I am worried mother nature is getting ready to pound us this winter.:)

211 Carol { 08.06.11 at 2:54 pm }

The woolly bear caterpillars I have seen recently (here in central New York) are a solid cream color. What is that indicative of?

212 lauren { 03.30.11 at 4:49 pm }

I live in Star Idaho and we found 2 of them when we were pulling weeds they are very active well my friends was anyway but i have a question what do they eat? and what kind of color are they when they turn to butterflies?

213 Julie { 01.24.11 at 9:32 pm }

I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have seen woolly worms since I have been little, this is the 1st year I have ever seen a cream colored woolly. Anyone have a clue what that means?? This was at the end of Sept.

214 Jean { 01.18.11 at 5:35 pm }

I found a wooly bear caterpillar outside my back door today. We had snow and lots of ice and rain this morning. I live in Pennsylvania, just outside of Philly. I brought the caterpillar inside. I guess I should put him back outside. He will die either way I guess.

215 Tammy { 01.10.11 at 9:29 pm }

I saw one today. I live about 20 minutes west of Chicago. Couldn’t believe it. It was just over an inch long and very fuzzy. I took a picture of it with my phone because no one would believe it.

216 Regina { 01.07.11 at 4:14 pm }

I live in Virginia Beach and I just found a wooly bear in my front yard: he was large but on the slim side with no stripes.

217 skyler { 12.21.10 at 2:13 pm }

My friend and I were out sledding and found an orange caterpiller with a black head curled up in the snow. He was slim. We were suprised that a caterpiller would live in late december.

218 Brandon { 11.29.10 at 4:52 pm }

I am in Roanoke VA and we are seeing alot of Wolly’s with 80% orange.

219 Joyce Storm { 11.29.10 at 9:22 am }

I live in Minnesota, and the temps have been in the teens & 20’s for several days (with the exception of 45 yesterday), with the windchill in the below zero range, and I just found a Wooly Bear Caterpillar on my patio. Also, we just had a “major” snow storm (several inches) a week or so ago. Anyway, I picked it up expecting it to be dead, and the little sucker is still alive! How is this possible?

220 bacari { 11.24.10 at 11:54 am }

i live in columbus, ms and there has been a solid black fat one on my porch for about a week

221 chris { 11.10.10 at 9:13 pm }

I live in new cumberland, pa and I found about ten today. They were fat and fuzzy with a wide orange band. 11-10-2010

222 Beth { 11.06.10 at 1:42 pm }

I live in Austin, Texas (North) My yard has been infested with these Wooly Worms. Because I have children and 3 small dogs I have been killing them left and right since they are poisonous. Two children down the street have already had severe reactions and taken to the hospital. What is going on? This morning disposed of 7. 6 yesterday and many many many more in the prior 4 weeks. All of these have been solid black with very little gold but VERY FAT. I have a wall of Morning Glories on my back fence. Within the last 4 weeks they have thinned and look really bad. Typically they are lush into the end of November. Is there a way to rid these safely? I am afraid to let my kids and pets outside. My husband says I am being over-reactive.. but I am the one who does the lawn and gardening!! HELP!

223 susie westerback { 11.04.10 at 10:53 pm }

i found a wooly bear catterpillar today and they are all around here in washington this time of year. this one was totally black. not any orange on it at all. never saw a totally black one before in my life. They say the more the black and no orange means it will be a bad winter.

224 DD { 11.02.10 at 11:47 pm }

In north central Ohio, I found a wooly bear. It was not too fuzzy, (maybe it was young), and the orange band in the middle took up half his length. The black ends each would = 1/4 his length. Someone told me black is snow. So that would say snow, then a long spell of nice weather, then snow to finish off the winter.

225 Alib { 11.02.10 at 12:12 am }

okay i found another one this morning. He wasn’t as fat as the last one about a week ago, and the orange band is much longer………… ????

226 felbel { 11.01.10 at 5:36 pm }

I found this wooly caterpillar.. there were more just like him. I’m from SW Michigan.

227 Manfred { 11.01.10 at 4:22 pm }

I live in the mountains of SW VA and I have seen hundreds if not thousands of these guys over the past few weeks. They are not all predicting the same winter. I have seen one with one small red band, I have also seen one with very little black.

228 NAK { 10.29.10 at 1:38 pm }

SW MI – most wooly bears spotted have been very small black bands, some having a black band on one end only, and mostly orange.

229 Kathryn { 10.29.10 at 10:43 am }

I live in Southern Maryland and saw a couple just a few minutes ago and when I went back out to try to find them again they were already gone.

230 WinterBrze { 10.29.10 at 2:13 am }

I live in between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO about an hour from both places and a few hours ago seen a Woolly Bear Caterpillar about a block from my house. The Caterpillar was exactly like the one in the picture above. The black band around its head was bigger than the band at the end of it, and inbetween it was an orangish brown color. It was very fuzzy and decently plump bigger than most i’ve seen

231 Leigh Ann { 10.26.10 at 2:40 pm }

Just saw one of these Woolly Bear Caterpillars walking around on the front door step in Londonderry, NH.

232 virginia { 10.26.10 at 8:29 am }

I live in Ohio and i have seen several caterpillars that are mostly if not all black.

233 Marcie { 10.25.10 at 2:09 pm }

Saint Charles, MO. Oct 25.2010 I have never seen a white wolly worm thin not to fuzzy either.

234 Jen { 10.23.10 at 11:14 pm }

Saw 2 wooly bear catapillers. They have very little black on them and aren’t very plump this year. I live in Southwestern Wisconsin.

235 Ali { 10.23.10 at 10:21 pm }

Found a black and orange woolly Bear catapiller on my pourch today. Also the yellow jackets are swarming. My plants with berries are abundant. I have a feeling it is going to be a very cold winter…….hope there is snow to go with it otherwise no reason for it to be cold!!! I’m in Northern Colorado just off of the Interstate.

236 elwood { 10.22.10 at 2:09 pm }

10/22/10 11:00am Northwestern Washington
Black Woolly Caterpillars with thin orange ring, about 1/4 of your example picture. Hopeing for heavy snow! Thank you for your information!

237 Marie { 10.21.10 at 4:45 pm }

Parkville, Maryland. Found a Woolybear caterpillar with a very wide orange band crawling on the street. I moved it to safety, happy to find my first Wollybear 🙂

238 Wendi { 10.21.10 at 11:28 am }

Found a woolly bear caterpillar on our porch on Monday (10/18/10). Black, orange and black. He’s not quite fat and fluffy, but he’s definitely not skinny. The orange part is much bigger than the black parts. In fact, the orange is probably equal to the two black parts put together. I live in Holland, MI.

239 Cromwell { 10.21.10 at 10:57 am }

Live in a suburb of Kansas City and have seen the black and brown banded ones since the end of September. I don’t recall seeing so many before. The bands seem to be about the same width. Hoping for lots of light fluffy snow this year and not the heavy, wet junk we had last year.

240 Jeri { 10.20.10 at 5:24 pm }

I live in Willard Ohio (Huron County). I saw my first woolly bear today crawling up the side of my house. The ends were black and the middle was dark drown like a redish color. It was fluffy and seemed to be fat. I did not pick it up so I couldnt really tell if it was fat but it was fluffy/fuzzy. At my moms in Ohio in Seneca county she has seen them same colors but skinny. Hope winter isnt as cold and snowy as last winter that was awful.

241 mdaniels { 10.18.10 at 6:32 pm }

I live in North TX and saw a gray/black wooly worm. No other colors. What does this mean for my area?

242 Sue B { 10.18.10 at 5:44 pm }

We live in NW Missouri and are doing a job where we are outside in the country all day. We started seeing the Wooly Bear around the end of Sept. mostly cream colored ones then. In October we started seeing the black and organge banded ones and very few black ones now Oct. 18. They are coming out of the bean fields and traveling back and forth between them seem to be going east and west. No more cream colored ones have been seem this month. I have asked a few of the older people here and they said that if they are white (or cream) that we will have a mild winter. Let’s hope that the Wooly Bear knows what it’s predicting.

243 Frutero { 10.18.10 at 9:48 am }

I did a little more research on lepidoptera. The banded woolly bear (Pyrrharctia isabella) is the only one to overwinter as a caterpillar, and to do this, it produces antifreeze. If it detects (we don’t know how) colder weather coming, it produces more, which broadens its black bands. Other isabellines, which overwinter in cocoons, are always the same color. The all-black woollies belong to another species, Hypercompe scribonia, and don’t presage the return of the Pleistocene.I hope this helps.

244 Frutero { 10.17.10 at 4:59 pm }

The black squirrel one of you saw is an example of industrial melanism. Melanos occur spontaneously in most species, but where pollution has made surfaces dark, they are favored to survive. Melano squirrels and mice started appearing in Manhattan in the late ’60’s and in Chicago more recently. If they are multiplying, it means the air needs cleaning up or surfaces need pressure cleaning.

245 Linda Hinkle { 10.17.10 at 12:36 pm }

I’m a home school Mom in Knoxville, TN, we were moving our wood pile today to restack it and found our first wooly bear of the year. He was great and fluffy with a large thick band of orange at his middle. We stopped wood moving to have an impromptu science class. 🙂 10/17/2010

246 Amanda { 10.16.10 at 11:18 am }

I live in Knoxville, TN. We are seeing the thick, totally black, wooley worms here. Both traveling South from what we can tell. I have lived in the area all my life and never seen the all black. Maybe I will get to use my four-wheel drive more than twice in tens years??

247 Stephanie { 10.15.10 at 3:37 pm }

LOL, i figured out how to show you the Woolly Bear Picture…

248 Stephanie { 10.15.10 at 3:29 pm }

Hi i live near Knoxville Tn, and i found my first woolly bear of the year,It was in my front yard,.. October 15,2010. Both ends are black, and the middle is orange, and all the bands seem to be of the same size. What could this mean? Will we finally get a nice big snow this year? I can send a picture, but you would have to tell me how, LOL

249 Marty Silvers { 10.15.10 at 12:06 pm }

Just found one in my tomatoe garden. Black on both ends withe orange ring in the middle. I reside in NC right on SC border.

250 Lisa { 10.14.10 at 6:44 pm }

I have lived in this general area for almost a decade now, and hadn’t seen a wooly bear caterpillar since I was a child. This week alone I’ve spotted five. They’re very, very fuzzy this year, and the band of orange seems to be smaller than the two bands of black, but not super narrow. I’m in Southwest Washington.

251 Frutero { 10.14.10 at 5:54 pm }

The black woolly bears are not the same species as the banded ones. They are the caterpillars of the Great Leopard Moth. I have also seen a white woolly bear in South Florida, and all- cinnamon ones in Illinois. Each of these is a different species, but all belong to the Isabelline group. Only the banded ones foretell weather. Hope this helped.

252 Garrett { 10.12.10 at 9:52 pm }

I live in northeast nebraska. I have been riding my motorcycle latley trying to get a few last rides in before the winter and have notice alot of these wolly caterpillers crossing the rodes. All most all of them have been very puffy with narrow dark orange stripe through there center.Many of the morning coffee drinkers here in town have been talking about that it is going to be the worst winter in years this years. Is it true maybe it is maybe it wont be. HOW DO WE KNOW?

253 Wendy { 10.11.10 at 2:49 pm }

I live in Central, Eastern Washington and I have heard it’s going to be a 50 year winter storm and I have heard it’s going to rain! My Wooly-pitters are all even black and orange with white tufts sticking out. I hope that means a beautiful, fluffy snow, and not too cold winter.

254 Tom Harbison { 10.11.10 at 1:00 pm }

Here in Nothern California Yellowjackets are a sign. Already this year there are the biggest swarms of yellowjackets looking for cover for the winter in my shop and on my front porch where I live on a Rice Farm. This a signs of a very hard cold winter. Yellowjackets swarm and bunch in empty cans, boxes, between tin sidding and the buildings for cover to hibernate through a hard cold winter. In my 64 years I’ve never such large swarms as I’m seening now nor as early as now — and it’s still warm here (high 70’s low 80’s — mid 50’s at night)!

255 Tom Harbison { 10.11.10 at 12:56 pm }

Here in California Yellowjackets are a sign. Already this year there are the biggest swarms of yellowjackets looking for cover for the winter in my shop and on my front porch. Signs of a very hard cold winter. Yellowjackets swarm and bunch in empty cans, boxes, between tin sidding and the buildings for cover to hibernate through a hard cold winter. In my 64 years I’ve never such swarms as I’m seening now nor as early as now — and it’s still warm here!

256 Belinda { 10.10.10 at 2:21 pm }

I live in western NC and the wooly woolly worms I have seen are black on both ends and orange in the middle. I did see a beige one also which was weird. Don’t know what that means.

257 ptampa48 { 10.10.10 at 11:41 am }

I am in Spring Glen, PA we have allot of caterpillars. White,black and black and orange stripe. This is my first year in the north hopefully we get a lot of snow this year. xflorida gal

258 Sandy { 10.09.10 at 10:20 am }

I spotted one a couple of days ago in southern Maine.

259 mary { 10.08.10 at 6:38 pm }

I am in NY and the woolly bear I saw last week was black on one end and the rest was red. I am hoping for an easy winter!

260 Kristi { 10.07.10 at 3:51 pm }

I live in norther oregon and have what amounts to a herd,plethora, unheard of amount of wooley bears in my yards. You almost cant take a step without one peeking out from under a leaf or crawling down the side of the deck. They are all fat and very fuzzy And more acorns than the squirells can stash

261 Kathy { 10.07.10 at 2:22 pm }

I am in Savannah, MO and just found a wooly worm on my porch that was all orange. What does that mean?

262 mike { 10.07.10 at 9:38 am }

have more acorns than i now what to do with.This year acorns very abundent.the catapilars are very fat and dark in color.this is north central ohio

263 dortohysh { 10.06.10 at 9:42 pm }

Spotted in Dillsburg, PA a fully black caterpiller. No signs at all of any color. What does that mean. Photo at the webiste posted.

264 Tamara { 10.06.10 at 6:46 pm }

I live in Louisville, KY. I have “tons” of acorns falling from my fabulous Oak Tree. Walking through my yard and/or drive-way, is like walking on marbles ! I also have seen a “black” squirrel in my yard. Yes- Black ! First time I’ve seen a ‘black’ squirrel. Did a double take looking at it to assure it was in fact a squirrel. Does that mean anything about the winter weather ? I also have seen 3 fat/fuzzy woolly worms and all 3 were solid black. Does that mean cold winter, snowy winter or both ?

265 romanian { 10.06.10 at 2:03 pm }

North Carolina will have a cold and snowy winter, guranteed, negative North Atlantic Oscilation and negative Arctic Oscilation.
Most of all in all depends on how much it snows in Siberia, La nina can and will for sure be overtaken, it will not be a typical La nina year e.g: 2008,1998.
God bless!

266 { 10.06.10 at 12:27 pm }

collossal numbers of acorns and wooly bears are mostly orange with small black tips in Northwest NJ

267 Karen { 10.06.10 at 10:54 am }

We live at the botton of the Ozark Mts. in Arkansas we have seen 2 caterpillars both were completely black and fat; also we opened up an acorn, it had a spoon shape inside the seed. I love SNOW! Bring it on!

268 jdseippel { 10.06.10 at 9:23 am }

I live in Saint Joseph, Mo and I’ve only seen one so far that I have noticed and it was Fat and all Black. Dosen’t look good for this Winter, thank God I had a Toro Electric Snow Broom gave to Me. It looks like I might wear it out this year.

269 romanian { 10.05.10 at 7:41 pm }

N.C will have a cold winter and average precipitation.
God bless!

270 Dennis L. Brasington { 10.05.10 at 6:13 pm }

central mid Michigan , We’ve found 3 solid white fuzzy pillars. what does solid white mean ??

271 Colleen { 10.05.10 at 2:44 pm }

I live in southeastern lower Michigan. We have been seeing lots of wooly worms but they are all one color – orange – with no light or dark stripes. What does this mean?

272 Jim { 10.05.10 at 10:16 am }

Location: NW Alabama

A couple of days ago I spotted a solid white ‘Wooly Bear”. I’ve never seen such before.

273 Janice { 10.05.10 at 8:34 am }

We’ve been seeing wooly bear caterpillars for at least a month in Southern Illinois. They have all been totally black and fat. Brrrr. Our persimmons also are predicting lots of snow. Their seeds have all had a spoon in them.

274 J.C { 10.05.10 at 8:11 am }

there was one in washington state all black cold and snowy

275 Kelley { 10.04.10 at 7:27 pm }

This weekend I found the blackest fattest wooley catepillar I have ever seen. Remember last year we had squirrels breaking in the house first time ever. This was the worst year ever for snow in the region. Cant wait for this year… Spotsylvania VA

276 CLE104 { 10.04.10 at 5:03 pm }

I live near Pittsburgh, Pa. and have seen several very small white wooley caterpillars with black stripes . Also, my chestnut trees are positively lush. I have the fattest squirrels , groundhogs and chipmunks going!

277 Janet { 10.03.10 at 8:12 pm }

I live in the Colorado mountains and I don’t think I have ever seen one of these caterpillars. Are there other signs typical of my area? And also, we have had alot of bees and wasps lately. Does this mean anything in particular?

278 lian { 10.03.10 at 7:16 pm }

the wooley caterpillars are black with a thin orange band in the middle. i live in kansas city

279 Lynn { 10.03.10 at 12:59 pm }

I live within an hour of Pittsburgh, PA. & have seen 4 of these guys right near the edge of my house. They have more orange on them than black, are long in length, but not real slim (more on the plump side). So, I’m guessing lighter snow, but very cold for my region?! I hate the cold, but would rather have lighter snow… better for travel to work, etc. 🙂

280 Liz { 10.03.10 at 12:55 pm }

I have spotted wooly caterpillar which was black, all black, orange band around the middle, and fat and very fuzzy on a Mums plant i purchased from a local farm down the road.. Also,, We have had record breaking acorns fall from 1 tree in our backyard. We have lived here 11 years and we have never had so many acorns. I guess we shall see what the winter will bring…

281 Melissa { 10.02.10 at 4:46 pm }

I live in the Great Lakes state and we have loads of wooly bears in our area. The majority that my husband and I have seen this year have been pure brown…we have seen a few with a touch of black on the ends. All the ones we have seen have been pretty thick and fuzzy.

282 Sandy { 10.01.10 at 10:58 am }

I have seen several of the black and orange oneson our road, while I’m walking the dog. I live in Southeastern Iowa.

283 Leigh { 10.01.10 at 10:18 am }

I live in north Alabama and I found a caterpillar that was pure black. No stripes. He was not fat but kinda slim.

284 karen { 09.30.10 at 8:09 pm }

just saw a big fat solid black wooley. i live in central missouri. and to top it all off, not only i have uncovered the persimmons for this season but several people in the area and the local weather channel also have said they have ALL SPOONS !! dear lord get your snow britches out!!!!

285 Irene { 09.30.10 at 8:06 pm }

I saw a white caterpillar on my grandson’s slide on the 18th of September 2010. I’ve never seen a caterpillar with this color. I know in the winter time the caterpillar determines either hard or mild winter. Does the white caterpillar have any meaning for the winter months? Or is this the normal color for all the caterpillar’s? Please enlighten me on this.

286 romanian { 09.30.10 at 2:59 pm }

My relative saw a wooly worm witha dark in middle. COLD AND SNOWY!!!
-North Carolina-

287 romanian { 09.30.10 at 1:44 pm }

My relative saw a wooly worm witha dark in middle. COLD AND SNOWY!!!

288 Lauren { 09.30.10 at 1:32 pm }

We saw one this morning on our front walk! We live in Kansas — a suburb of Kansas City. I had never seen one before! Looked exactly like the photo.

289 Krystal { 09.30.10 at 10:13 am }

I’ve seen a bunch of these catapillers in the last month stretching between Brockville, Ontario and Berwick, Ontario. Some have been fat, some have been thin. But all were cute and fuzzy 😀

290 Patti { 09.30.10 at 8:34 am }

I live in the Midwest/Great Lakes just South of Lake MI in IN a few miles and I’ve only seen one Woollybear caterpillar so far this year and at this time of the year we have seen tons of them around and crossing the roads. I’ve asked around and no one has seen any or maybe only 1 or 2.

291 Annelizabeth Pippin { 09.29.10 at 10:01 pm }

I live in Sacramento, Calif. and my entire back yard, except for the shrubs linning the perimeter, is all vegetables…..and this year we have had a bumper crop of huge tomatoes, crookedneck yellow squash, eggplant and zuchinni…however 2 or three weeks ago all the foilage on most of the entire garden turned yellow and it is covered with a white coating…i have tried home remedies such as sour milk tonic and even, against my good judgement, bought an anti fungal/insecticide spray to no avail…..i don’t want to loose the rest of the crop yet it is swiftly taking over…..can you suggest something? Also, a small fruit tree that was planted prior to the vegetable garden wasn’t producing and looked diseased, so we pulled it up only to find a white substance around the base of the trunk where the soil line was and all over the roots….do you think this is the problem that has infected our entire garden? HELP! sincerely, annelizabeth

292 Shelby { 09.29.10 at 9:11 pm }

I am in the Ohio River Valley, currently in Indiana. Just last week I found a wooley caterpillar as described above, it was fat and fuzzy and crawling up the side of the porch. I picked it up and put it near the compost where it disappeared into the grass, thinking a big fuzzy caterpillar was oddly out of place at the tale end of September.

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