Thursday, March 17, 2011

Silkworms Made to Spin Coloured Silk

Seeing is believing:

Luminescent Silk Cocoons Viewed Under UV Light (Credit: IMRE)

Silkworms are fed a mulberry/fluorescent dye mixture which colors the animal as well as the fibers they spin.

Dye is added to the silkworn diet for the last 4 days of the larva stage
creating a coloured animal and coloured silk (Credit: IMRE)


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3 comments:

Connie Rose said...

I hope the worms aren't harmed by the dyeing process. I realize they die anyway in silk production -- except for peace silk -- nevertheless...

Kyra said...

How lovely the colors!

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Kyra, I agree - the colors are absolutely glorious!

Connie Rose, I fully understand your position - there really is something unseemly about killing a living creature so that we can have a beautiful piece of cloth...