Tuesday, July 30, 2013

silkworms

At the silk weaving studio on Granville Island, they have actual silkworms!

Here are some eggs.


And some silkworms.


Here's a bunch of silkworm cocoons.


Here's a cocoon after the silk moth (this one, a variety that produces yellow silk) has come out.


If you're going to make silk out of it, you don't actually let the moth come out, because the moth has to break through the cocoon. Instead, you boil the cocoon before the moth emerges, and then you can unravel the approximately 1000 meters of silk thread that makes up each cocoon.

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