Color Wheel of Silkworms
BTW, it is interesting to note the "gut dump" of the colored fellows tends to coordinate with their bodies or surprisingly, to me, is a pastel shade of their body color. Ick!
|Clockwise from center top: Cotton Candy, Magic Purple/Cotton Candy, Magic Purple, Magic Purple/Glowing Cyan, Glowing Cyan, Glowing Cyan/Cotton Candy. Natural in center.|
This little guy is by far my favorite. He makes me think of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. I fed him Glowing Cyan for several days, then switched to Cotton Candy for a day. It may be hard to tell in these photos, but his body is lilac, his belly periwinkle and his feet and tail are pink.
|What a sweet face.(mask)|
|I promise I'm not squishing him.|
|Again, I am not squishing him. No matter how horrible this photo seams, he was not harmed in any way.|
The Beginning of the End
My first voyage into silkworm rearing is coming to a close. The "big kids" are all spinning cocoons and only about 60 worms are left. I expect most if not all of those will be ready to spin tomorrow.
|about 6-8 hrs of work|
This is one of my Glowing Cyan silkies and a cocoon that one of his Cyan buddies finished. The color is very slight in natural light. I still don't know if it changes under a black light, but I'm curious to find out.
Magic purple silkies are spinning up a pinkish color and the Cotton Candies are lagging behind and haven't started spinning yet. I'll take some pictures of those later .
|Glowing Cyan Silkworm and cocoon|