Silk Worm Lifecycle

It’s around this time of year that many school Prep classes are learning about the silk worm life cycle. Parents and teachers have been out searching for mulberry leaves to feed the growing larvae before they spin their yellow cocoons.

Over the weekend, we got to bring home a few shoe boxes of silk worms in various stages of their life cycle from eggs to caterpillars then cocoons and finally moths who lay another generation of eggs.

We’ve been unravelling the empty cocoons and winding them onto pieces of cardboard.  It’s amazing how long the silk thread is from just one cocoon and it gives you an appreciation of how much effort goes into creating a silk scarf.

Here are a few pictures of our weekend guests.

Silk Worm eggs on cocoon

Silk Worm

Silk Worm cocoon

Silk Worm moth


About Dianne McLay

Australian writer, author and photographer. Author of 3 guidebooks: Brisbane's Best Bush, Bay & City Walks -- Best of Brisbane guide book -- Best Village & Coastal Walks of the Sunshine Coast. Photographer for "Building Brisbane's History - the fascinating stories behind the city's most notable buildings and structures" Editor of
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2 Responses to Silk Worm Lifecycle

  1. Reblogged this on Space for lasam and commented:
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  2. Julie Mundy says:

    It has to be said that those silk worms are particularly ugly looking, and then they turn into something that looks like a grumpy Ewok! Am sure their mothers love ’em!

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