Life Cycle of a Silkworm - Term Paper - 421 Words
The life cycle of a silkworm starts when a female silk moth lays eggs on the mulberry leaves andends whenpupa enters into the adult stage and emerges out of the cocoon as a silk moth.
Growing up with my kids: Lifecycle of a silkworm
The next stage in the life cycle of a silkworm is apupa. When the caterpillar has grown large enough and is ready to go to the stage of pupa, it starts weaving a net around itself to hold itself. Then, it moves its head from one side to another, making a figure eight (8). During these movements, caterpillars secrete a fibre made of protein, which solidifies and hardens when exposed to air for some time. This is thesilk fibre. Caterpillars continue to spin silk fibre till they completely get covered by these fibres. This silk covering in which a silkworm covers itself is known as acocoon. Further development of the silkworm takes place inside the cocoon, and it enters the pupa stage. After sometime, the pupa enters into the adult stage and emerges out of the cocoon as a moth. The whole process thus continues and is known as the life cycle of a silkworm.