Fall 2011 Wooly Worm, from Jan Kleopfer in Southern Indiana.
I also saw an equally all black one myself. Oh no, here we go...
As the Wooly Worm theory goes, the blacker/darker the worm, the worse the winter (cold and snowy). If the middle band of the worm is large and brownish-red, then a mild winter is expected. If the brownish-red band is small, then a harsh winter is predicted. Apparently, the American Indians helped early settlers forecast the weather ahead with the worms, and even with today's technology, there's not much else out there to produce a better long range forecast. Enthusiasts say they are 85% correct, or mostly correct. I'd take those odds!
Well, so far I've gotten reports (and have seen myself) of many all solid black Wooly Worms. Also, I hear the squirrels are aggressively out and about gathering nuts early. So, I guess I've got to call for a slightly colder than average winter, with a few good snowfalls. What's your Wooly Worm Winter Forecast? That would also fall in line with a strong La Nina like last year's winter. Last year we did have an above average snowfall, like the year before, and some strong cold spells.