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The fuzzy woolly bear caterpillar. It has bristle-like "fuzzies" on it. They like warm pavement in the fall and early winter. (Submitted photo)

Amateur's Guide: Woolly bears: Do they predict the winter's harshness?

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Stan from Becida photographed this caterpillar last month and since then, many have been spotted.

"I have always heard that woolly worms predict the severity of the winter," he wrote.

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That may be an urban myth, theorizing that the wider the middle band is on the woolly bears, as they are called, the milder the winter. They're also referred to as "black-ended bears."

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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