Why raise Silkworms?

Silkworms. When customers ask me why I raise Silkworms, I respond; “get them as pets or to feed to their pets, some teachers buy them for school projects, and some people even eat them!”

There is no doubt Silkworms are the best insect to demonstrate a Life-Cycle project at school, as they have a short Life-Cycle and in less than 2 months, students can witness an egg turn into a Kego, before multiplying in size 10,000 times, going on to cocoon and finally emerging from their cocoon as a Silk-Moth. All of this being occurs in the classroom inside a small shoebox, with relatively no hastle! There is also no doubting they are the best insects to feed to reptiles as a pet feeder, which can be seen through the table below (visit this page to see why)

5 Common Feeders Fat % Calcium % Fibre %
Protein %
Silkworm 10.6 .34 5.95 63.8
Mealworm 12.7 .08 1.7 20.3
Waxworm 22.2 .11 7.69 15.5
Butterworm 5.2 .11 16.2
Cricket 22.7 .08 3.2 11.4

Now, this brings me on to my next point, which makes up a relatively small amount of sales, but is very interesting. Believe or not, but people eat Silkworms all throughout the world – mostly in Asia where they are treated as a delicacy! Many people who have tried Silkworms say they are crispy on the outside, and soft and gooey on the inside. Don’t worry though, as almost Silk products (not ours!) involve cocoons being boiled in the process, and the worms that people eat are generally the left-over remains after the Silk has been spun. Silk that doesn’t follow this method can be referred to as “Ahimsa”, or “Peaceful” Silk. Recently, famous Hollywood actress – Salma Hayek – ate Silkworm without hesitation live on television on the “Watch What Happens” Show, interestingly she preferred the Stir-Fried Silkworms to fish!

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Silkworms ready to be eaten!

Now the main reason people purchase Silkworms, is simply for the specific goal of just raising them – as it is an enjoyable, rewarding, and interesting experience. As already mentioned, the Life-Cycle is quick, and has many different stages, as well as the fact Silkworms are very low maintenance compared to other similar pets.

2 thoughts on “Why raise Silkworms?

  1. Amanda Heggen says:

    I am interested in buying silkworm eggs for my primary school class
    I have a mulberry tree at home however it is just starting to sprout leaves so I need to wait a week or so till the leaves are fully formed
    My classes start on October 6 th
    Will you have eggs available at that time ?
    Can they be posted to me at Dromana Victoria or do they need to be collected
    I haven’t raised silkworms before so would love to have a quick chat to ensure I do everything correctly
    Cheers
    Amanda

  2. Taylor Battistella says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Great idea! Yes, we will definitely have eggs available then – however keep in mind they take at least 2-3 weeks to hatch – so you may want to order them earlier!

    Feel free to shoot us through an email for further info.

    Thanks,
    Taylor

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