Forget the high-tech satellites and expensive radar systems – some Missourians are looking at bugs to figure out what the winter will be like. Chris Barnhart, a professor of biology at Southwest Missouri State University, says there’s folklore going around that says certain caterpillars can predict how harsh the upcoming winter might be. He says the band on a wooly bear caterpillar is supposed to be the telltale sign. But Barnhart says he knows of no scientific evidence to back up that belief. Just the same, he says he doesn’t totally dismiss the possibility of animals and insects predicting the weather. He says they’re in tune to what’s going on. He adds it’s still fun to go out and find the caterpillars with your kids and pass along the myth.
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