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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things: Silkworms

First let me confess and repent of blog neglect. Thank you for your forgiveness.

The reason for my absence, not that I have to justify myself, is that I have fallen in love...with silkworms.

Three weeks ago, they were tiny, little things but they grow fast because all they do is eat, defecate and sleep. Now? The pictures speak for themselves. Fifty survivors of the original brood (is that the right word? - help me out silkworm aficionados) are thriving under my care. I don't have time to go into the joyful simplicity of raising silkworms, or to regale you with the tale of our hilarious and desperate search for local mulberry trees to plunder, and I'm certainly not going to go anywhere near the polarising politics of worms vis-a-vis earthworms and other lesser worms (oops! Did I say that out loud?).

These little creatures do some pretty magical work during their short two month lifespans, so today I am celebrating silkworms and giving praise to their Creator.

Have you ever raised silkworms? Are you a silkworm fan like me? Do you have any special facts about them to share?

10 comments:

  1. Never raised silk worms, though with the mulberry tree in my backyard...

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    1. With the way these little guys eat, I wish I had a mulberry tree in my backyard.

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  2. Don't know anything about silk worms. I just don't like anything wormy. Is that a word?

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    1. Ha ha. I'll accept wormy as a word...why not? I guess worms aren't generally well liked, but some kinds of worms do some pretty awesome work.

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  3. Now, that's an interesting and fascinating hobby. Enjoy!

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    1. Interesting? Fascinating? Some might use other less positive adjectives.

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  4. I've never thought about silkworms much. They're tree-eating creatures - eww! But who doesn't love silk? I'm glad you're enjoying yourself. :)

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    1. Who doesn't love silk? The worms who make the silk deserve more credit, don't you think?

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  5. No special facts or comments but deep appreciation for your appreciation of nature and slowing things down to take note. Enjoy them :)

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    1. I admit to being surprised by how attached I've become to them.

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