Bombyx is the kit that allows you to breed the larvae of the Bombyx mori species, better known as silkworms.
Duration of experience: about 35 days.
History of silk
The silkworm breeding begins to be practiced in China, around 4000-3000 BC. Legend has it that her birth was due to Empress Xi Ling Shi. After a cocoon accidentally fell into the hot cup of tea, she noticed the filament that could be obtained from it. The breeding of worms and the cocoon processing method for centuries were kept secret by Chinese emperors who wanted to maintain to maintain a monopoly on the production and sale of this precious product. Despite this, in later times, the silkworm breeding spread throughout the rest of the world, playing a role of primary importance in the economy of our country until the second post- war period.
The silkworm is an insect belonging to the order of Lepidoptera. The current scientific name is Bombyx mori or Mulberry silkworm. The silkworm is an "artificial" species: it would not exist if it had not been bred and selected for millennia by man. It is believed that the starting wild species was Theophila mandarina, a nocturnal butterfly present in various areas of Asia.
An educational experience
With bombyx you will be able to breed silkworms and see how they spin their cocoons. It will take you a few minutes a week and you will find everything you need inside the kit (including food).
In about 35 days you can get eggs and use them the following year for a new cycle!
A jump into the past
Did you know that until a few decades ago Italy was one of the biggest silk producers in the world? Ask your grandparents, surely they will have a lot to tell you about how silkworms were raised in the past!
It stimulates curiosity
Bombyx is ideal if you want to closely observe one of the most fascinating phenomena in the natural world. You will see how worms wrap themselves in a cocoon of silk to become a chrysalis, an extraordinary process that has always enchanted man.
Why a kit?