Flora and Fauna | Environment | Science

The Myth of the Woolly Bear

NPR | Nov. 8, 2013 9:30 a.m.

Legend holds that the length of a woolly bear caterpillar’s color bands can be used to forecast how severe the winter weather will be. The myth dates back to colonial American folklore but was popularized by a 1948 study. SciFri finds out if there’s any truth to the lore, and what the caterpillar’s fuzzy bristles are really used for.

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