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By ricini, Jan 10 2019 11:25AM

Eri rearing has started with fresh stock. First brood eggs have been laid & the first of these are now hatching. The silkworms are fed privet during the Winter months & Caster leaves in the Summer.


Only a small amount of silk will be produced with rearing kept to a minimum at present.



This is a picture of the moths mating & first eggs laid at the very bottom of the picture, under the bottom female.

By ricini, Apr 3 2017 07:27PM

It has been a while writing on this blog with many changes.


The concentration this year will be on the varieties raised & building up the gene bank. At present there are 21 varieties of Bombyx here. The warm weather & my absence with not putting the eggs in the fridge has meant all the eggs have now hatch & i mean ALL !


With the mulbeery trees only just sprouting i am having to rear on artificial food. All is going well with first only a few days from spinning. At this point i will photograph all the varieties & dedicate a page to them. This work will start tomorrow, so you will be able to see them very soon indeed.


All the silk produced will go into a large art project later in the year where i will use it for making sculpture.


William.



By ricini, Jun 7 2016 03:17PM

I have been fortunate to get some new Bombyx varieties this year.


A new page showing all the varieties i rear is being put together & i will add new picytures to it as the season goes on. The variety shown with this update is :


Bombyx mandarina x Bombyx mori D11 The pictures show the different silkworms that come from this hybrid & the lemon yellow cocoons,


Unfortunatly i will not be at the Hellens Garden Festival this coming week-end, this is due to the amount of rearing at the moment & i need to be here all the time.

By ricini, Apr 19 2016 06:02PM

Bombyx rearing is now in full swing with some new & very rare varieties. I will put some pictures up when they mature.


The mulberry trees in the polytunnel are growing at a pace. With the cold nights fleece is being used just to keep the frost off them. The mulberries outside are just showing signs of waking up.


Eri have done very well through the winter, rearing has been cut down to a minimum at the moment while i wait for the lilac to grow & with this cold weather the caster seeds are still waiting to be planted.


No pernyi out yet but i am sure it will not be long, all pernyi are now sold out so i am sorry i will not be able to offer any more livestock this year.

By ricini, Mar 19 2016 03:07PM

Artificial food for rearing Bombyx silkworms is now available for sale in the shop.


Easy to make & feed to Bombyx & ideal for rearing out of season or when no fresh foliage is available.


The first few silkworms are now for sale as the rearing gets underway. There should now be silkworms for sale every week right through the year. They are being reared on artificial diet but can eaily be transfered to fresh mulberry foliage at any time.


If you have any questions please ask.


William.

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