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April 10, 2008


You all realize that silkworms, as a species (bombyx mori) do not exist in freedom because they are the product of millennia-long artificial selection, right? They can't even fly, it's impossible for them. I breed silkworms as pets, and—though adorable—they are the most defenseless, useless animal in existence. If you take food away from them, they don't even move to look for more, they just shake their heads in despair. If someone thought “they should be free” and dropped them in a field it would lead to their death by starvation.

The only way the species can survive is if humans take care of them. So, if a site really assumes you're ignorant enough to believe the moths can fly away when as a species it is impossible for them to fly, it sounds quite fake to me. Even if they flew away to mate their breed would never survive unless the eggs were planted in a mulbery tree, and how long would they survive? Not much.

I think it's just best to not wear silk at all, if you're worried about them.

Great info on Ahimsa silk at this website

Please read it before you decide to buy Ahimsa silk.

Hi Elisa,

I saw this post on your sidebar when I clicked through to your TJ bag story. I once raised silkworms for my son's science project. It was a wondrous process, not without it's roadbumps. We decided to harvest some of the silk, which I did felt bad about, but here's the deal with the adult moths: They don't eat; they don't even have mouths. They exist only to breed. The mating process is basically insert part A into part B and leave it like that for a day or two, uncouple, female lays eggs. Both die. Fin.

Honestly, watching them live our the full life cycle was almost as depressing as sacrificing them.

You can read more about out silkworm adventures here:

wow, thanks for sharing, Kim, i'll check out your story!

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