Silkworm Update

They’re really growing! This fourth instar worm is the largest of the brood. They go through the leaves pretty fast now, too – they eat four or five whole ligustrum leaves a day, instead of taking a couple of days or more.

The Mulberry Status Report: We’re at Soft Green Buds. Should be catkins and tiny leaves in just a couple of days, at which point I’ll take the mulberry silkworm (Bombyx mori) eggs out of the fridge to start warming up.

9 replies
  1. princessvespa
    princessvespa says:

    They go through the leaves pretty fast now, too – they eat four or five whole ligustrum leaves a day, instead of taking a couple of days or more.

    Now THAT’s a lotta worm-poop…

    HEY! Everyone must be thinking this… I just voice it. =)

  2. admin
    admin says:

    And yes, it’s a lot. Nothing like when the Mulberry worms get going, though… they make probably a cup or so per day. I put it in the garden as fertilizer. It’s an important component of Chinese medicine.

  3. perspicuity
    perspicuity says:

    you must be (raises hands way over head) to attack city…

    they’re so cute 🙂

    and fresh food coming for the others too.

    grow many masters 🙂

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