A Review of Cat Fancy Magazine

Written by Jason Canon

Occasionally, some of us get to do work that is totally fun and such isrepparttar case with my assignment to review Cat Fancy Magazine. My own two Bengal cats volunteered to assist with my research but inrepparttar 146287 end both of them were found sleeping onrepparttar 146288 job.

A recent issue of Cat Fancy Magazine estimated that, based onrepparttar 146289 latest surveys, there are approximately 90 million cats inrepparttar 146290 United States. Thus, it is indeed fortunate for those of us who own these ‘purrfect’ animals to have Cat Fancy Magazine available as our own resource. Every issue of Cat Fancy Magazine contains delightful sections such as: Purrs and Hisses (letters from readers),repparttar 146291 Cat Calendar (who, what, when, where), Inrepparttar 146292 Mews, What’s New Pussycat, and other zany sections that make reading each issue a pure pleasure. One of my favorite browse sections of Cat Fancy Magazine isrepparttar 146293 Breeder Directory. It contains about twenty pages of information organized by breed to help anyone quickly find additional resources of interest. The Cat Clinic – Askrepparttar 146294 Vet section of Cat Fancy Magazine contains very important and helpful tips regardingrepparttar 146295 health of your pet.

Caring for Silkworms

Written by Mark Springer

From The Silkworm Shop www.silkwormshop.com

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About Silkworms -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- General Information, Caring For & Breeding Silkworms

Background Silkworms arerepparttar larva of a moth (Bombyx mori) native to Asia that spins a cocoon of fine, strong, lustrous fiber that isrepparttar 146175 source of commercial silk. The culture of silkworms is called sericulture. The various species of silkworms raised today are distinguished byrepparttar 146176 quality ofrepparttar 146177 silk they produce. Silkworms feed onrepparttar 146178 leaves ofrepparttar 146179 mulberries (genus Morus) and sometimes onrepparttar 146180 Osage orange (Maclura pomifera).

Bombyx Mori will not bite, making an ideal worm for feeding most reptiles, amphibians and other animals, and they offer great nutritional value. Mulberry Leaves Newborn are small enough for most baby reptiles to eat and young silkworms can even be fed so they will grow to a desired size. Silkworms are soft-bodied, slow moving and can grow to 3 inches in length. They are also relatively fast growing, reaching about 3 inches in length and ready to cocoon in as little as 25 - 28 days.

Silkworm and Cocoon Silkworms go through four stages of development, as do most insects: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Click here to see a life cycle chart. The adult (imago) stage isrepparttar 146181 silkworm moth. The larva isrepparttar 146182 silkworm caterpillar. The pupa is whatrepparttar 146183 silkworm changes into after spinning its cocoon before emerging as a moth. Sincerepparttar 146184 silkworm grows so much, it must shed its skin four times while it is growing. These stages-within-a-stage are called instars.

Today,repparttar 146185 silkworm moth lives only in captivity. Silkworms have been domesticated so that they can no longer survive independently in nature, particularly since they have lostrepparttar 146186 ability to fly. All wild populations are extinct. Also contributing to their extinction isrepparttar 146187 extraordinary fact that they only eat mulberry leaves.

Silkworms have been used by researchers to study pheromones or sexual attractant substances. The pheromones are released by female moths andrepparttar 146188 males detectrepparttar 146189 chemicals with olfactory hairs on their antennae. This allowsrepparttar 146190 male to findrepparttar 146191 female for mating. The male antennae are made of many small hairs to increaserepparttar 146192 chances of picking up small amounts ofrepparttar 146193 pheromones over long distances.

How to Grow Your Worms torepparttar 146194 Perfect Size

Silkworm Eggs and Moth The great thing about silkworms is that they only grow as much as you feed them, and they can go for a week or two without food. Say you have a couple hundred small silkworms, but you have a big bull frog or iguana. All you have to do is feedrepparttar 146195 worms as much as they'll eat, keep them warm and dry, and in a few days, you'll have some good sized worms. Have too many silkworms? Not a problem, feed them once or twice a week and they'll stay alive until you need them without growing much larger. Wash hands thoroughly before handlingrepparttar 146196 worms orrepparttar 146197 food or they may develop bacterial problems. Using a cheese grater, grate a small amount of food ontorepparttar 146198 worms and repeat untilrepparttar 146199 worms reachrepparttar 146200 desired size. For best results, maintain temperatures between 78° and 88° F.

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