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How to Keep Silkworms

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What are Silkworms? The silkworm (Bombyx mori) (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) is one of most economically important insect species in human history for its production of silk (sericulture). This moth species was domesticated over 5,000 years ago in Ancient China, with none currently existing in the wild. White silkworms were selectively bred for their white silk, leading to their characteristic color seen today. The silkworm is also used as a model insect in many scientific studies (like Drosophila melanogaster and Manduca sexta). Silkworm Life Expectancy These species are holometabolous, meaning that they go through a complete metamorphosis—egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The...

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