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Banded Woollybear Caterpillar

Woolybear Caterpillar Turns Into

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Print

The banded woolly bear caterpillar – moth can be found nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It feeds on low growing plants but is not a pest to garden and farm crops.

The caterpillar will, however, eat a little of your herbs.  Nothing much to really call it a pest, but it should be noted to rehome them if you find them hanging around your herb plants.

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

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The caterpillar is generally found during the autumn months and doesn’t sting or bite when picked up. However, the little bristle hairs can get under your skin and cause irritation.

Some people once thought that the thickness of different bands of the bristle hair would tell how hard or cold the winter was going to be.  Turns out, that is an old wives’ tale.

The caterpillar turns into the Isabella Tiger Moth.

Isabella Tiger Moth.

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