BIG Black Caterpillar

Pierre A Plauzoles ae779 at
Tue Oct 20 13:33:19 EDT 1998

In a previous article, dyanega at (Doug Yanega) says:

>>Woolly bear. Going to be a long, hard winter.
>>Folk lore says that the amount and placement of black and brown predicts
>>the amount of cold weather. All-black wooly bears are reported common
>>this year in Tennessee, too.
>>Anne Kilmer
>>South Florida
>Ah, but those are two different species! The "forecasting" woollybear is
>Isia isabella, a different genus entirely from the all-black Hypercompe.
>They ALWAYS predict a long, hard winter, so don't trust 'em. ;-)

Ok, but at three inches, wouldn't that be a little bit big for a woolly 
bear?  I have never seen them over 1.8 inches.  Is my experience in that 
regard an aberration or just a sign of my isolation from experience with 
certain species?
Pierre Plauzoles   ae779 at
Canoga Park, California

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