FAQs

What is a Silkworm?

The Silkworm is the larva of the domesticated Silk-Moth. It is an economically important insect, being a primary producer of Silk.

What do I do with my Silkworm's Cocoons?

Your Silkworm cocoons are the purest form of Silk. You can put them in a solution (see “Spinning Silk Cocoons” page) to make your own Silk creations!

How can I tell a male Silkworm from a female Silkworm?

Silkworms: You can tell a male Silkworm apart from a female Silkworm because a Female Silkworm will be longer – sometimes by up to 2 cm just before it is about to cocoon. The Female Silkworm is bigger because when it cocoons it needs more energy to produce eggs.

Moth: A Female Silk-Moth is always going to have a bigger abdomen as opposed to its male counterpart, because a female has to store up to 500 eggs – which it will lay shortly after mating.

What can a Silkworm eat?

A Silkworm only eats Mulberry Leaves (preferably of the White Mulberry species), Osage orange leaves or artificial Silkworm food, commonly referred to as Silkworm Chow. Silkworms raised on Silkworm Chow will produce a noticeably considerably poorer standard of Silk.

Where can I find Silkworms

Silkworms are domesticated – meaning that they cannot be found in the wild. The only way to get your hands on them is by getting them off a friend or by purchasing them off a supplier such as ourselves!

When do my Silkworm eggs hatch?

Silkworms are domesticated, meaning that they cannot be found in the wild. The only way to get your hands on them is by getting them off a friend or by purchasing them off a seller such as ourselves!

Can I put my newly-purchased eggs back in the fridge to delay hatching?

No. Your eggs have already begun to develop. They will die if you try to halt their development.

Why are my Silkworms lethargic?

There are two reasons your Silkworms do not seem lively. This could be because:

– The weather is cold. Silkworms have cold blood so need warmer weather

– They are getting ready to cocoon and are preserving their energy

What do I do with my Silkworm cocoons?

Your Silkworm cocoons are the purest form of Silk that you will find.

You can put your cocoons in a solution (see “Spinning Silk Cocoons” page) in order to prepare the cocoons for spinning so you can prepare beautiful Silk products such as; scarves, bookmarks, or even ties!

How long do Silk-Moths mate for?

Silk-Moths mate continuously for 12-24 hours. At the end of this time-period, the pair will seperate – which is usually initiated by the male.

The male will look for a new female to mate with after seperating from its partner, while the female will lay any eggs that she may be storing. After laying the eggs, the female will die shortly thereafter.

Can Silk-Moths fly?

Silk-Moths cannot fly due to the fact Silkworms have been domesticated for thousands of years. Some Moths, however, look a lot healthier than others, and if you pick one up and give it a gentle drop, it may surprise both you and itself and fly for a short period of time!

What do I receive with my order?

If your order comes with a product that involves the raising of live Silkworms at any stage of their development, you will receive a FREE instruction sheet on how to best care for your Silkworms, along with a contact card – so you can contact us with ease, should you have any questions regarding raising Silkworms. All products that contain Silkworm Chow include a complimentary instruction sheet explaining how to make the Chow.

Why are some cocoons white, while others are lime or gold?

Silkworms have different colour cocoons to each other. This is similar to humans having different colour hair, or eyes – it’s genetic.

For example, when a two Moths that spins gold cocoons mate with each other, the result will be an offspring who spins gold-coloured Silk. If a Moth who spins gold Silk mates with a Moth who spins white Silk, the result will be an offspring who spins lime-coloured Silk.

If you would like specific colours, seperate cocoons from each other before the Moths emerge, to ensure the correct pairings mate with each other.

How much light should my Silkworms be exposed to?

Ideally, Silkworms are exposed to 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of darkness per day

What should I feed my Silk-Moths

You do not need to feed your Silk-Moths – in fact it is not possible to! As a result of their domestication, over time, Silk-Moths have lost the ability to eat. They have a very short life as Moths, and approximately 10 days after hatching they will die.

What is the difference between each breed of Silkworms?

Tiger, White Seductress, and Zebra Silkworms are all Bombyx Mori. There is no real difference between the breeds – other than their stripes of course – and the biggest difference can be seen between different “Shoebox Strains”. A “Shoebox Strain” is when people keep their Silkies to themselves, causing them to experience different conditions for many years.