Banded Woollybear Caterpillar - (Pyrrharctia isabella)
Though no scientific proof shows that the Banded Woollybear Caterpillar can forecast weather, it hasn't stopped many towns from holding festivals in its honor.
The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar becomes the Isabella Tiger Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Isabella Tiger Moth Caterpillar.
The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
fuzzy; dense; thick hairs; black; red; black head; black tail; rust; red middle; red center; spiky; bristly.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Banded Woollybear Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.