These Caterpillars Have Correctly Predicted Every Presidential Election for 30 Years

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DAVIS — Researchers at UC Davis say the “woolly bear” species of caterpillar has correctly predicted the outcome of every US presidential election for the last three decades.

According to ecologist Rick Karban and fifth-year doctoral student Eric LoPresti, a democrat is elected president when the population of the fuzzy caterpillar booms. Conversely, the population dips during years when a republican is elected.

LoPresti posted their findings on his blog.

The woolly bear caterpillar in the Bodega Bay area, on the cliffs over the Bodega Marine Reserve.

Researchers say the caterpillars haven’t yet made a decision on 2020. That’s still a ways away.