Cocoons of silk

Cocoons of silk

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Caption: Cocoons made from silk fibres. A silk cocoon is spun by the caterpillar of the silk moth, Bombyx mori. Each cocoon contains more than a kilometre of fibre. Cultivation involves killing the larva inside the cocoon by heat, before the cocoon is plunged into hot water and the fibre unwound.

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Keywords: bombyx mori, caterpillar, cocoon, cocoons, controversial, controversy, cruelty, cultivated, cultivation, farmed, farming, fibre, insect, larva, moth, natural, sericulture, silk, textile

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