Reblog: silk worm lifecycle

Reblog: silk worm lifecycle

by brisbaneandbeyond

Brisbane & Beyond

It’s around this time of year that many school Prep classes are learning about the silk worm life cycle. Parents and teachers have been out searching for mulberry leaves to feed the growing larvae before they spin their yellow cocoons.

Over the weekend, we got to bring home a few shoe boxes of silk worms in various stages of their life cycle from eggs to caterpillars then cocoons and finally moths who lay another generation of eggs.

We’ve been unravelling the empty cocoons and winding them onto pieces of cardboard.  It’s amazing how long the silk thread is from just one cocoon and it gives you an appreciation of how much effort goes into creating a silk scarf.

Here are a few pictures of our weekend guests.

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