Tag: silk

silkworms

Smithsonian on Silkworm Farming

Via Boing Boing, I discovered that the Smithsonian has an article up about silkworm farming: Silkworm farming [in Italy] was a brutal job. Since silkworms require a constant, mild temperature, entire sections of farmhouses were […]

Bees and silk

Several other insects besides silkworms make silk, but not much has been known about the structure of those compounds. Bee and ant larvae produce silk and, although the silks in all these species are produced […]