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Erika Leimbach

The wooly bear is the caterpillar recognized the most throughout North America because of Dr. Curran’s experiments.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2010/09/weather_lab_woolly_bear_averag.shtml

Wooly bears in the same area have different lengths of bands in the same year so they all predict something different, making them inaccurate.

http://news.msue.msu.edu/news/article/wooly_worms_and_winter_weather_predictions

http://www.almanac.com/content/predicting-winter-weather-woolly-bear-caterpillars http://insects.about.com/od/insectfolklore/f/woolly-bears-winter.htm http://newsroanoke.com/?p=8540

The wider the brown band of a wooly bear caterpillar, the milder the winter

Just a Myth!

The myth of the wooly bear originates from the Native Americans

The story of Dr. Curran: In the fall of 1948, Dr. C H Curran traveled to Bear Mountain State National Park in New York to study wooly bears. He collected as many wooly bears as he could in one day and averaged the number of reddish-brown segments on each caterpillar.

Even though Dr. Curran was trying to prove that the folklore was correct, he couldn't deny that his sample was to small to prove anything.

There are 13 segments of the wooly bear caterpillar. There are 13 correlating weeks of winter.

“The true woolly bear, is the larval form of Pyrrharctia isabella, the Isabella tiger moth”

The width of the band around a wooly bear caterpillar grows as the wooly bear gets older.

Entomologists agree that wooly bears are not always accurate in their predictions

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