Meaning of woolly bear in English:

woolly bear


  • 1A large hairy caterpillar, especially that of a tiger moth.

    ‘Ants and insects including silverfish, woolly bears, earwigs and spiders can be tackled with products from hardware shops.’
    ‘Alfalfa butterflies, painted ladies, woolly bears and various other species have been abundant all summer.’
  • 2The small hairy larva of a carpet beetle or museum beetle, which is destructive to carpets and zoological collections.

    ‘It's the wooly bear - the grub which, as it grows, casts its skin.’
    ‘This unassuming little creature, called a "wooly bear", is the larval form of one variety of carpet beetle.’