When’s the best time to
start silkworm eggs? Probably about
two weeks ago, although I only pulled mine out of the fridge on May 8.
The trick is to time
your hatch for a period when there are plenty of young mulberry leaves
around, and for the sake of safety, you probably should also work
around the frost-free
date. It would
be a shame to get baby silkworms going, only to have a frost nip back
the leaves so you end up without a food source.
What I forgot to factor
into my calculations is that it takes about two weeks for silkworm eggs
to hatch after you take them out of cold storage and put them in a dish
at room temperature. So we’ll be getting a slightly late start
this year, but it shouldn’t be a big deal. I’ll report more once
we have little white caterpillars crawling around.
POOP-free water while they wait for their caterpillar treats.