by Martin Hardingham

Issue: 16

Journal section: General Articles
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Received: 2010-10-07


Silkworms in South India, like mulberry silkworms elsewhere produce half a mile or so of filament in each cocoon. In making the cocoon two tiny filaments, bound with sericin, are extruded from either side of the worm's head. The sericin, which acts as a lubricant and enables the smooth formation of the filament, hardens and the silk cocoon becomes a protective shell for the pupae...

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