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Interesting Facts About Silkworm
Here are a few amazing facts about silkworm for kids:
Interesting Facts About Silkworm for Kids #1: Silkworm
cultivation began 5000 years ago. Silk production is known as
According to Confucius, it was in 2640 B.C. that the Chinese princess
Xi Ling Shi was the first to reel a cocoon of silk which, legend also
has it, had dropped into her cup of tea. From that historic moment,
the Chinese discovered the life cycle of the silk worm and for the
next 3000 years were to keep their monopoly of silk. Most silkworm
farms today exist in Japan, India, the USSR, Korea and Brazil. Silk
is still produced in smaller quantities in many other countries, and
several developing countries are studying new sericultural projects.
Interesting Facts About Silkworm for Kids #2: Silkworm eats
Mulberry leaves are the primary food for silkworms. In silk farms
(where most silkworms live) they are fed chopped mulberry leaves,
Interesting Facts About Silkworm for Kids #3: It takes at
least 2 days for a silkworm to complete its cocoon.
Silkworms work constantly to create the layers of their cocoons. It
takes about two days for them to complete their job.
Interesting Facts About Silkworm for Kids #4: One silkworm
cocoon is made of a single, unbroken thread about 914 meters
Silkworms create silk in their cocoons. They create a thread that is
nearly 3000 feet long. It takes approximately 3,000 cocoons to
produce half a kilo of silk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDwU-
Interesting Facts About Silkworm for Kids #5: Silkworms are
no longer found in the wild.
All silkworms today live in captivity in a silkworm farm. The silk
industry is valued at about $200 to $500 million annually.
Interesting Facts About Silkworm for Kids #6: Silkworm moths
lay about 300 to 500 eggs
Silkworms will lay between 300 to 500 eggs. Silkworm farmers will
place them in an incubator for about 20 days.
Interesting Facts About Silkworm for Kids #7: Silk Is A Good
Silk is a natural insulator. Depending on the temperature, silk
duvets either draw heat away from the body, or traps in the warmth.
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