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SueMaid

SueMaid Report 9 Jun 2008 09:48

Well, that's the last time I believe what some silly woman says about silkworms and their mating habits - or lack of them. I will listen to men in khaki then, Jax. Not sure where the mulberry tree comes in. Do they eat the leaves, Mick?
Sue x

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 9 Jun 2008 09:59

http://www.aurorasilk.com/raisesilk/mulberry.shtml
Silkworms eat almost all types of mulberry

SueMaid

SueMaid Report 9 Jun 2008 10:03

Thanks, Joy. I'll pass the website onto the Facebook lot and they can get their facts straight.
Sue xx

Jean Durant

Jean Durant Report 9 Jun 2008 17:25

Thanks for that Joy :)

Gypsy

Gypsy Report 9 Jun 2008 22:05

*tut* Of course we are all virgins. Baby silkworms come from the silkworm bush at the end of the garden.

;-)

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust***

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust*** Report 9 Jun 2008 22:10

so if tyhey get boiled that means they only ever make silk once

SueMaid

SueMaid Report 9 Jun 2008 22:15

So we get the story straight from the silkworms mouth so to speak. I guess JA that a silkworm wouldn't feel up to spinning silk once they've been boiled. Who would have thought that a thread about silkworms could get to 2 pages lol. Still Eldrick's frog thread reached over 300;))
Sue x

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256 Report 9 Jun 2008 22:16

not flippin' silkworms AGAIN !!

Sue in Somerset

Sue in Somerset Report 9 Jun 2008 22:23

We kept some silk worms at primary school when I was about 11.
They got really big and fat.

They especially eat white Mulberry. We moved them across to new leaves by lifting them on paint brushes. I remember we were told not to touch them because the sweat on our hands would harm them but I think we picked them up gently when they got as big as our fingers.

When we kept them in school the teacher let the moths hatch so we didn't boil the cocoons (I think the class would have been upset if we'd boiled them after caring for them for weeks!). The moths can't eat because they have no mouth parts so their lives as moths are very short!

They are interesting to keep with kids if you have access to mulberry leaves.


Unravelling the silk was fun but letting the moths hatch meant the cocoons had holes in them so it wasn't one complete strand.

Sue
x

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 9 Jun 2008 22:28

Lullingstone Castle, that was it. And there were mulberry bushes.

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust***

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust*** Report 9 Jun 2008 22:30

well well
fancy that, i never knew that

thought silk came from weddin dress shops

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 9 Jun 2008 22:33

I thought silk came from Ann summers

Still I suppose no respectable virgin silkworm would be seen dead working in such a place

SueMaid

SueMaid Report 9 Jun 2008 22:37

I thought silk came from fabric shops but I have been so enlightened by this thread. Just a question...are all the virgin silkworms female and if so do they all scream and faint when a male silkworm enters their domain?
Sue x

Jac

Jac Report 9 Jun 2008 22:54

I dont think so - they just keep munching!!! )))

Jac

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust***

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust*** Report 9 Jun 2008 22:59

would you let a male anywhere near all that hard work of makeing that silk

dont touch that must of been invented by a silk worm

Gypsy

Gypsy Report 9 Jun 2008 23:50

Of course they are all female, Males don't have the concetration span.
They are too busy chasing the norty Silkworms.

:-)