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woolly bear

n.
The hairy caterpillar of any of various tiger moths, especially that of Pyrrharctia isabella of North America, which has a body that is reddish-brown in the middle and black at the ends.
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woolly bear

n
(Animals) the caterpillar of any of various tiger moths, esp Arctia caja of Europe and Isia isabella of North America, having a dense covering of soft hairs
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wool′ly bear`


n.
the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs.
[1835–45]
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Noun1.woolly bear - caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairswoolly bear - caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
woolly bear moth - larva of moth of the family Arctiidae
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"If you know where our woolly bears are, we'd love to get them back to our volunteers who so desperately need them as part of their lifesaving equipment."
There's also the yellow brimstone and the spectacular garden tiger, whose furry caterpillars are known as woolly bears.
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Unitypanda aims to create more than 100 woolly bears with members of the public signing up to knit a few stitches in this one-of-a-kind artwork.
The researchers concede that they cannot say whether the alkaloids attack the parasites directly, or whether the drug somehow gives the woolly bears' immune systems a boost.
Even as the flowers of 2006 die back throughout the autumn and the woolly bears find their winter hideaways, this year's second spring begins in the wetlands, resurrecting the skunk cabbage and preparing it to be produce some of the earliest blossoms of 2007.
Like a variety of other overwintering creatures, woolly bears produce an internal antifreeze called glycerol that protects their vital organs from subfreezing temperatures.
The larval stage of Isabella moths, banded woolly bears are embers of the tiger moth family.
such as the spectacular garden tiger, whose furry caterpillars are known as woolly bears. Down at the pond you might be lucky enough to find newts, which are much more active at night.
From woolly bears to green grapplers to the hickory horned devil, this book offers a great selection of interesting crawlers.