so far so good. made it to day 8. in the beginning i was afraid they wouldn’t be warm enough as most of what i read says to keep them at 78 degrees. (i didn’t want to spend $100 on an incubator and the one i found on craigslist for $30 sold right away -lots of people raising raising poultry for eggs now with the “new” backyard gardening craze. doubt there will be too many jumping on the silkworm farming “craze” though.)
i decided that they might like to be in my lighted display case so i moved over some of the ceramics and called it home. it stays nice and toasty in there with the small 20 watt bulb. i think the last photos were from 3 days ago and they sure are starting to fill up the petri dish. i made a trip to my friends house today and picked some mulberry leaves. decided to transfer some of the worms to leaves and see how they do before risking the whole lot. since the silkworms hatched long after the mulberry trees began leafing out (the new tender leaves are perfect for hatchlings, or cats as susan calls them) i decided to use the silkworm chow to get them started, letting them get a little bigger before switching them to the older and not-so-tender leaves i have available to me now. so, here is what they look like today:
when we were in Japan visiting the sericulture farm, there was a fine white powder sprinkled over the leaves and worms. they didn’t know how to tell us what it was but since i have found out that it was lime powder. apparently used to keep them dry and prevent bacteria from growing and killing them off. perhaps since it is so humid in the summer there it is a problem. not so here.
these worms were about 2 weeks old when we saw them (in Japan at the sericulture farm)-