Jane, Ayla, Isla and Fred were the main carers for our silkworms and then silk moths. It is thanks to them – and Nicole, that we have these photos of the life cycle of the Western Australian Silkworm (bombyx mori) below.
Deb Lynass and Sea Lion Class
12th November 2021
- To start with, the silkworms were tiny and lived in a shoebox.
- They grew larger and larger…This meant they ate more and more mulberry leaves. “Sometimes we fed them three times each day.” reported Jane.
- The silkworms grew so fat and active that we needed two shoeboxes. Then… they started to spin webs.
- When this happened, some of the students began to transfer silk cocoons to a clean box with no leaves.
- Next, the cocoons began to hatch. Out came fluffy, fat, furry white moths.
- The moths found a mate, and then laid some eggs- ready for the next set of silkworms. We refrigerated those…
- Finally…their work done, the silk moths died so the next generation could thrive.
What an amazing learning experience!