Mr. Fuzzy Lies
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 | Author: eventer79
In order to address a very pressing issue brought up in yesterday's comments, I had to delve deep into the research files to answer a critical question:

Can woolly worm caterpillars indeed predict the severity of winter?

Drum roll.......

No. Research indicates that there is no correlation between the width of the 'pillars' brown stripes and winter weather. Raising broods of woolly worms in identical conditions reveals that variations in colour pattern are simply that -- natural variations among individual 'pillars.

Bummer. But that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NC during the third weekend of October! Bring your best racing stock, as "Saturday’s winning Woolly Worm holds the esteemed honor of predicting the winter weather season and the Woolly Worm wins prize monies of $1000, which we hope the winning worm shares with its owner."

No one likes a selfish caterpillar.

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On October 6, 2009 at 3:37 PM , lifeshighway said...

What!!! And I suppose you are going to try to convince me that there is no Santa Claus.

On October 11, 2009 at 8:31 PM , Once Upon an Equine said...

Interesting. Oh well, not even the meteorologists with college degrees can get the weather right all the time. Wooly worm festival...hilarious. I would love to see them race.