Ever since we successfully grew a Mulberry Tree in our back yard I have wanted to raise silkworms from eggs. I remember raising silkworms when I was a child and it is an experience I want my children to have. I remember how fascinating it was to watch them spin their cocoons of silk and waiting for several weeks when the beautiful moth would emerge from the cocoon.
That experience of raising silkworms has stuck with me, so when I found an Australian website Peaceful Silkworms I scoured the site for how I could get my hands on raising silkworms from eggs. I soon found out that quarantine rules do not allow silkworms to cross the borders but we could get the eggs delivered in our state.
We chose to order the Zebra Silkworm eggs and waited for the postie to deliver a special parcel!
Raising Silkworms From Eggs
My childhood experience was to place them in a shoebox but upon reading the instructions that come with the eggs I discovered that Silkworms will be much happier in a clear plastic container. But we were a long way from that! Because first the eggs needed to hatch.
We left them alone for the first five days and then we started to check on them every day thereafter.
The fifth day showed no changes to the eggs.
On the sixth day, nothing either.
On the seventh day, nothing.
On the eighth day, still nothing!
On the ninth day I wasn’t expecting any changes and on first glance that’s what I thought, but a second glance revealed there were in fact silkworms hatched!
These guys are teeny tiny! They looked like the pen marks on the bag.
Our first task in caring for our Silkworms was to select the most delicious immature mulberry leaves from the Mulberry Tree for them. Hatchlings like immature mulberry leaves, as they cannot yet digest the mature leaves.
We then had to move the hatchlings from the bag onto the leaves. Because they are so teeny I used a paint brush to gently transfer them.
As this post goes live our silkworms are six days old and we are visiting the mulberry tree every morning and evening for leaves, these guys sure can eat! And they are growing bigger and bigger every day. They are no longer teeny black worms but are beginning to take on their white colour. Being zebra silkworms we are really looking forward to seeing their colour changes! Stay up-to-date on Instagram or on the Playful Matters facebook page.