All about silkworms for kids
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue ParkJulia Song and her friend Patrick want to team up to win a blue ribbon at the state fair, but they cant agree on the perfect project. Then Julias mother suggests they raise silkworms as she did years ago in Korea. The optimistic twosome quickly realizes that raising silkworms is a lot tougher than they thought. And Julia never suspected that shed be discussing the fate of her and Patricks project with Ms. Park, the author of this book!
Silkworm facts for kids
Silkworms are tiny worms that spin their own silk cocoons. Silkworms begin as wormlike larvae with the three distinct body parts of an insect. After spending time in a cocoon, the silkworm morphs into a scaly, four-winged moth. After hatching from eggs, the worms molt four times before spinning their cocoons. The silk fiber comes from the cocoons.
Of all the animals man has domesticated there have only been two insects — bees and silkworms. The Chinese first domesticated silkworms about years ago and for years only the Chinese knew how to produce silk. According to Chinese legend, silk was discovered when Emperor Huangdi ordered his wife Xilingshi to find out what was damaging his mulberry tree. She found white worms eating the leaves and spinning shiny cocoons. When she dropped a cocoon into hot water a slender thread of silk unwound itself from the cocoon. Then, as today, silk was a luxury item. Silk fabrics travelled the famous caravan route from China to Rome, known as the Silk Road, until 6AD when two Persian monks smuggled a few silkworm eggs out of China in a hollow walking stick.
The silkworm Bombyx mori is the larva or caterpillar of a moth. Silk has been made for at least years in China. The moth is important because it makes the silk , and no longer lives in the wild. It is entirely dependent on humans. Silkworms eat mulberry leaves, and were native to northern China. The domesticated B. Silkworms eat mulberry leaves day and night.
Here are a few amazing facts about silkworm for kids:.
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Our neighbor is a teacher and her class has some silkworm caterpillars that they are going to watch them develop a cocoon and then turn into a moth. She is super sweet and offered to bring us some caterpillars to take care of too. They were fine with him picking leaves for our new friends anytime we needed them. Thank you, sweet neighbors! These little guys eat continuously so we had to get new leaves quite often. The silkworm is entirely dependent on humans for its reproduction and no longer occurs naturally in the wild. The cocoon is made of a thread of raw silk from 1, to 3, feet long.
The silkworm Bombyx mori is the larva or caterpillar of a moth. Silk has been made for at least years in China. The moth is important because it makes the silk , and no longer lives in the wild. It is entirely dependent on humans. Silkworms eat mulberry leaves, and were native to northern China.
Life Cycle of a Silkworm from Mocomi. Silk is an expensive and beautiful piece of fabric that used to be worn by only kings and royalty in the past. It comes from the silkworm. The lifecycle of a crawling worm into a moth goes through several stages. The female moth lays eggs which are the size of a small ink dots!