Class 7 Chemistry Fibre to Fabric Life cycle of silkworm

Life cycle of silkworm

The female silk moth lays eggs. The larvae also known as caterpillar or silkworm hatches out from the egg and grows in size. As soon as the caterpillar gets ready to develop into pupa, it first weaves a net to hold itself and swings its head from side to side in the form of the figure of eight (8).

During these movements the caterpillar secretes fibre made of a protein that hardens on exposure to air and becomes silk fibre. The caterpillar soon covers itself completely by a covering of silk fibres known as cocoon. The further development of the moth continues inside the cocoon. Silk fibres are used for weaving silk cloth.

 

Fig. Life history of silk worm

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