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How do I propagate these worms?

#1 User is offline   GreenHornet 

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:53 AM

A friend of mine gave me some silk worms.
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa354/weekeetang/WP_000055.jpg

How do I propagate them? Thanks.
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:37 PM

I hope someone will be able to offer some advice soon. :)/> But don't silkworm feed on mulberry leaves or stuff?

Btw, you've fallen into the "trap" many gardeners do. :P/> I think you mean "reproduce" instead of "propagate." LOL. I do that all the time, too...I wanna propagate animals. Haha.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:47 PM

They look lovely and very healthy.

Try googling for "Silkworm culture" or "raising silkworms" or even "Silkworm culture for children" only as there are simple methods and commercial methods.

Yes they eat mulberry leaves, I used to raise them as a child but soooooooooo long ago heh heh
When they have eaten their fill, they will start to form cocoons, usually just anchored to the inside of the container or small twigs, whatever you can provide

Here are some links - just adapt the information to your climate and surroundings

http://www.suekayton...worms/whole.htm

http://www.silkworms...kworm_info.html

http://www.burkesbac.../Silkworms/2185

http://www.mulberryf...ips-FAQ-12.html

I make no recommendations - read all you can and make your own best decision but I think you will find some fun and excitement in this.
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:34 PM

View PostGoldie, on 07 July 2012 - 02:47 PM, said:

They look lovely and very healthy.

Try googling for "Silkworm culture" or "raising silkworms" or even "Silkworm culture for children" only as there are simple methods and commercial methods.

Yes they eat mulberry leaves, I used to raise them as a child but soooooooooo long ago heh heh
When they have eaten their fill, they will start to form cocoons, usually just anchored to the inside of the container or small twigs, whatever you can provide


I make no recommendations - read all you can and make your own best decision but I think you will find some fun and excitement in this.


View Postskyfiery, on 07 July 2012 - 12:37 PM, said:

I hope someone will be able to offer some advice soon. :)/> But don't silkworm feed on mulberry leaves or stuff?

Btw, you've fallen into the "trap" many gardeners do. :P/> I think you mean "reproduce" instead of "propagate." LOL. I do that all the time, too...I wanna propagate animals. Haha.

Sky


Oops. Thanks :blush:/> . I can give you guys some if I manage to harvest some seeds, oops, eggs I mean.
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:42 PM

I see a potential silkworm factory in Singapore:)
But watch out, as they are non native species to singapore and releasing them might cause unknown threat to our ecosystem.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:01 AM

I'm PRETTY sure that wilkworms grow up to be butterflies. So you can't really make the worms have sex and make eggs. That's where the silk comes from... the cocoons. So the only way is to wait for them to turn into butterflies, make their homes in your gardens then reproduce there.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:29 AM

The silkworms will eventually become moths. The adult moths mate with each other & then the female moth will lay eggs.

Just curious, what do you intend to do with the cocoons you gather later?

This post has been edited by Wisteria: 09 July 2012 - 11:48 AM

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:57 PM

Wah interesting worms,,,, silk worm. Hope you can reproduce them and produce some silk along the way. Cheers.

You need alot of mulberry leave to feed them....??

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:35 AM

Silkworm is the larva of moth. The species traditional used for silk production has degenerated to a state where the adult moth can no longer fly.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 02:00 PM

I'm PRETTY sure that wilkworms develop to be seeing stars. So you can't really create the viruses have sex and create egg. That's where the cotton comes from... the cocoons. So the only way is to delay for them to change into seeing stars, create their houses in your landscapes then recreate there.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

I think too propogate silk worms you can do two things:
Grow a silk plant in your garden
Add Good amount of sand in your garden.
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 10:36 AM

Is the poos good for compost..... hmmmm?
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