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(They eat more than just mulberry leaves - i've fed em lettuce and rose petals ;))
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'''Silk''' is finely [[woven]] [[thread]] of the 'silk worm' - a caterpillar that produces the slik while building its coccoon in preparation for pupation.
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'''Silk''' is the finely [[woven]] [[thread]] of the 'silk worm' - a caterpillar that produces silk while building its cocoon in preparation for pupation.
  
The thread is taken from the cocoon before the moth fully passes through the chyralis phase. This process kills the chrysalis so obviously not every chrysalis is taken.
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The thread is taken from the cocoon before the moth fully passes through the chrysalis phase. This process kills the moth, so obviously not every chrysalis is taken.
  
The colour of the silk depends on what the caterpillars were fed. They require green leaves and are generally fed on [[mulberry]] leaves which give a very pale blonde or white depending on species. If the diet is supplemented with rose petals, the thread can come out with a pink tinge.
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The colour of the silk depends on what the caterpillars were fed. They require green leaves, and are generally fed on [[mulberry]] leaves which give a very pale blonde or white, depending on species. If the diet is supplemented with rose petals, the thread can come out with a pink tinge.
  
 
The thread is either spun or used flat.
 
The thread is either spun or used flat.

Revision as of 21:57, 31 October 2003

Silk is the finely woven thread of the 'silk worm' - a caterpillar that produces silk while building its cocoon in preparation for pupation.

The thread is taken from the cocoon before the moth fully passes through the chrysalis phase. This process kills the moth, so obviously not every chrysalis is taken.

The colour of the silk depends on what the caterpillars were fed. They require green leaves, and are generally fed on mulberry leaves which give a very pale blonde or white, depending on species. If the diet is supplemented with rose petals, the thread can come out with a pink tinge.

The thread is either spun or used flat.

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