White Woolly Bear Caterpillars – All About Them

Numerous hairy caterpillars appear in the fall but do not cause much damage during this time; some of these hairy friends are the white woolly bear caterpillars.

Hickory Tussock Moth – (White Woolly Bear Caterpillars)

Also known as the white woolly caterpillars or white woolly worm, this worm is white with a black line down its back. 

Another late summer or early fall caterpillar is the banded tussock (Halysidota tessellaris), another hairy caterpillar.

Banded Tussock Moth

The woolly worm or woolly bear (Pyrrharctia isabella) is popularly known for its weather prediction. It is the caterpillar that people tend to look for a weather forecast about the coming winter. 

Woolly Worm Or Woolly Bear Caterpillars

American Dagger Moth

This caterpillar is either white or yellow, with five distinct tufts of long black hairs shooting from its body, attracting attention every fall.

Now that we all know they appear in the fall, it’s best to avoid touching them by all means.  Some hairy caterpillars are known to have urticating hairs that penetrate the skin with ease.

What To Do When You Encounter These Hairy Caterpillars

Nature is beautiful!  And to see these white woolly bear caterpillars in various colours just confirms how breathtaking nature is.


White Woolly Bear Caterpillars – All About Them