The silkie moths & their eggs

Laying eggs 1

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I have to hand it to the Chinese, Japanese and other cultures who have it all figured out, so that it’s a neater and more manageable process. I’d like to improve on it but that will take some time. In the meantime, things are really, finally coming to a close for the season.

Most of the eggs have been laid and it seems as though most of them have also been fertilized (they are the dark ones). They were a light yellow then went to a blue. Some are still in that transitional state. So, I’m finally collecting them for refrigeration and starting to clean up the mess. I hope to have it all tidied up over the weekend, as I’m traveling to Florida for a family visit in the very near future.

A silkworm haiku by Issa:

mura naka ni kigen toraruru kaiko kana

the whole village
pays them court…


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2 Responses to “The silkie moths & their eggs”

  1. Flash Says:

    Great post!

  2. Michael Says:

    I’m still figuring it out, too – getting the moths to pee (“are you SURE you don’t need to go?”) and THEN lay the eggs, keeping the eggs in an organized format… I don’t get it organized, most of the time. Best, is when I can remember and be bothered to put a cup over them – but often, it’s just eggs on paper wherever they land.

    I’ve enjoyed watching your silkworms’ progress – happy spinning with your lovely new hankies, too!

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