Sunday, 2 July 2017

Bombyx mori

Ah well, you can't have a blog about silkmoths and then continue to ignore Bombyx mori, the one and only true silkmoth. The only reason why it took so long is because this simply isn't the most interesting or challenging species to breed. It's nice to teach your children how to take care of caterpillars, but beyond that point, there really isn't any good reason to continue breeding them, unless you are into harvesting your own silk. This is one of the easiest moths to rear as long as you have one of the Morus species. Alternatively, Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) will do too. You must have read about breeding mori on other plants like Malus or Salix and probably wondered whether that would work or not. The answer is yes, both Salix and Malus can be used as food plant. However, the mortality in all stages is that high that it is hardly worth the effort. Stick to their original food plants or even better, move on to one of the more interesting species.


Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L5 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L5 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L5 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L5 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L5 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L4 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L4 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L4 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L3 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L3 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L2 on Morus nigra

Bombyx mori caterpillar
Bombyx mori L1 on Morus nigra