They eat mostly weeds, including dandelion, clover, and grasses, and generally will not harm your ornamentals or vegetables.
In fall, woolly bears cross roads or paths searching for protected places to overwinter. In spring, they resume eating until pupating in a cocoon made from silk and their own hair. Adult moths emerge in two weeks.Woolly bears are the Dale Earnhardts of the caterpillar world, crawling at a neck-snapping .05 miles an hour, or about a mile a day.
The woolly bear is celebrated with a festival each October in Vermilion, Ohio. Folks in Banner Elk, North Carolina, celebrate the upcoming ski season with an annual Woolly Worm Festival and Race.
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