Caring for Silkworms

Written by Mark Springer

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Excessive condensation forming inrepparttar container after feeding isrepparttar 146175 leading cause of failure. If this condensation does form, takerepparttar 146176 lid off your container and allowrepparttar 146177 container and old food to completely dry out. Inrepparttar 146178 future, make surerepparttar 146179 previous food is dry before feeding again. Old damp food is a breeding ground for mold and other problems, dry food is not.

Newly hatched silkworms are tiny Asrepparttar 146180 silkworms grow, you may need to transfer your worms to a larger plastic container. The lid needs to have ventilation holes. If not, you need to ventrepparttar 146181 lid sorepparttar 146182 silkworms won't suffocate and to allow condensation to dissipate. You can also use a shoebox. The old food and waste matter can be removed, but does not have to be if it remains thoroughly dry.

Under ideal conditions (78° to 88° F and allowed to feed nearly continuously) silkworms can go from egg to 1 inch in length in about 12 days, and 3 inches in under 30 days. The worms will begin to spin cocoons at about 28 - 30 days old or when they are between 2 1/2 and 3 inches long.

From Cocoon to Moth Silkworm Moth Silkworm moths emerge from their cocoons after spending about two to three weeks metamorphosing. As moths, they do not eat or fly. They will usually mate, lay eggs and die within a week. Fertile eggs turn from yellow to gray or purple in a week or so. Ifrepparttar 146183 eggs don't hatch within 3 weeks, they usually will not hatch untilrepparttar 146184 following year (see above—from egg to larva).

Proper Handling Procedures Again, in order for your worms to stay healthy for many weeks, you'll need to keeprepparttar 146185 silkworms as dry as possible. If condensation builds up during feeding, ventrepparttar 146186 container lid to prevent excess humidity.

Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before handlingrepparttar 146187 worms or their food. Silkworms can be susceptible to bacteria if you don't properly handle them. As long asrepparttar 146188 container environment remains dry, your worms will be fine.

Mold develops from high temperatures and high humidity. Ifrepparttar 146189 worms are covered with droppings, silk and old food for too long, mold may develop and killrepparttar 146190 worms. If mold does develop, grate about 1/4 inch of food (sold separately) all overrepparttar 146191 worms with a cheese grater. Asrepparttar 146192 worms crawl torepparttar 146193 top ofrepparttar 146194 new food pile you can transfer them offrepparttar 146195 moldy food and place them into a new container.

Silkworms are susceptible to bruising and dying if not handled with care, especially as they grow larger. When handling and transferringrepparttar 146196 worms, be very gentle.

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About Flightless Fruit Flies and Feeding Them to Your Pet

Written by Mark Springer

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Controllingrepparttar Lifespan of Your Culture By controlling temperature, it's possible to controlrepparttar 146174 rate of reproduction. Optimum reproductive rate occurs at temperatures of approximately 80° F. At around 60° F, reproductive rate slows, thus allowing longer feeding time and longer use from a single culture. Obviously,repparttar 146175 more flies you use,repparttar 146176 higher you will wantrepparttar 146177 reproductive rate to be.

Feeding to Your Pets

When it's feeding time for your pets, taprepparttar 146178 container lightly on something hard. This will causerepparttar 146179 flies to fall torepparttar 146180 bottom ofrepparttar 146181 container so they won't escape when you takerepparttar 146182 lid off. Then, simply removerepparttar 146183 lid and taprepparttar 146184 container over your animal's home untilrepparttar 146185 desired number of fruit flies fall out. If dustingrepparttar 146186 flies with vitamins, tap them into a plastic bag and dust.

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