Bombyx Mori – Zebra variegation
Native to: Asia, although this domesticated species does not exist in the wild.
Environment: In nature, entire life cycle takes place on the leaves of a Mulberry tree. Domestically raised silkworms must be raised in clean, dry environments.
Eats: Mulberry leaves or prepared powdererd silkworm chow derived from Mulberry leaves
Sexing: Zebra Silkworms can be sexed according to their coloration. Female Zebras have distinct black striping, whereas males lack these stripes. Both males and females have a distinct marking above their heads that looks like a black eye mask, along with symmetrical paisley or wing shaped markings along their backs.
Life Cycle: Full life cycle completes in about 6 weeks. Eggs > Kego (hatchlings) > 1st through 5th Instar (molting) > Pupa / Cocoon > Moths > Eggs
Eggs: Eggs can hatch as quickly as 7 days, however, often must be subjected to a winter or simulated winter season before hatching.
Nutrional Information: Silkworms are naturally low in fat and high in protein, calcium, iron, and Vitamin B. Nutrional data below gathered from The Worm Lady website and other related sources.
To learn more about breeding and the silkworm life cycle, check out or blog post on raising silkworms.