Full of liquid silk!Category: Silkworms — Nov 8, 09:38 PM
The largest one is almost ready to begin spinning its cocoon! The body is very smooth and soft and filled with liquid silk. It is eating its last leaves and will soon be quiet and still for two days, preparing to spin its own transformational shell. The small legs are active and strong now, attaching easily to branches and navigating its space. I love to hold it in my hand, feeling the soft skin, and tiny suction cup feet as it moves along. The skin is a purple-gray in places, and the markings subtle. The dark circles on the sides are the sphericals, where it breathes!
Jill Powers is a contemporary fiber artist living in Boulder, CO. She experiments with many natural media and processes. She has often raised silkworms in her art studio for collaborations.
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