Explain the detailed life cycle of the silk moth.

The life cycle of moth can be explained in the following stages-

  • The female silk moth lays eggs. The larvae are also known as a caterpillar or silkworm hatch out from the egg and grow in size.

  •  As soon as the caterpillar gets ready to develop into a pupa, it first weaves a net to hold itself and swings its head from side to side in the form of the figure of eight (8).

  • During these movements, the caterpillar secretes fibre made of a protein that hardens on exposure to air and becomes silk fibre. 

  • The caterpillar soon covers itself completely by a covering of silk fibres known as a cocoon.

  •  The further development of the moth continues inside the cocoon.

  •  Silk fibres are used for weaving silk cloth.



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Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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