Saturday, 2 May 2009

Got some more!

These silkworms are the kind that spin the white silk that we are all familiar with. Bombyx Mori is the latin name for them.
These are at slightly different stages of development, having hatched on different days. They are feeding on artificial food which is dried, reconstituted mulberry leaves. They must have mulberry to thrive and produce good quality white silk.
They will cast their skin for times in the four weeks it takes them to grow big enough to spin their cocoons.
The worm/caterpillar on the paper has stopped eating and 'stuck' itself to the paper so it can walk out of the old skin. It is important that I do not move 'him' during this time.

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