Silkworms have reached 4th instar! Might be 5th but I think they can get bigger.
I tried to get a photo of their ADORABLE LIL PROLEGS (the fleshy ‘false legs’ that aren’t their front 6 true legs) but they don’t hold still.THEY HAVE SUCTION CUP FEET! You can feel them pop off!!
SO CUUUUUUUUUUUTE ಥ◡ಥ
Here’s someone else’s photo that gives you an idea but it doesn’t capture their true cute essence v_v
Got Attenborough some much additional needed furniture! Tons more places he can wedge himself in to and more height (the radiant heat panel is on the ceiling so he can get closer to it).
Really happy with how it worked out with humble bricks and boards from the hardware store (cheap!!), since I was thinking I needed to saw and nail things together and I have very few tools for that.
While I was arranging things, I put him on my desk chair, out of the way. He jumped down and came to look at what I was doing with his house and got back in to check it out. omg cutiepie.
And then he got his very first silk worms!! Some have grown to 4th or 5th instar and are big enough for him! :)
Now to see if he can figure out how to get to those higher levels.
I really needed to go with thin plywood to let more heat through the levels but they didn’t have small pieces.
Something’s wrong with my tablet, it’s not working.
Darwin ate some silkworms!!
- They arent very physically active (very slow moving) so they don’t really get his attention. I need some forceps.
Grant just IGNORES IT RIGHT UNDER HIM!!! WHAAAAT. I think hes just flustered because I disturbed him earlier than I do every day. He eats at night so I left him worms in his food dish. Tomorrow we will see if he likes them!
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3rd instar wormies!! Good size for Mr Leopard Gecko and a snack for Mr Chameleon.
It is really enjoyable seeing how fast they grow! Wowza.
Slow day at the bar!
Boyfriend is a bartender and he’s bored right now so it’s a snail bar and he’s a snail with a beard.
when the science teacher uses the prefix “homo” and all the homophobic assholes in the classroom start snickering
This isn’t really homophobic but, one day at recess in 3rd grade, this kid Paul asks me if I’m a Homo sapiens. Well of COURSE I am, I tell him, that’s the name for humans. He laughs at me, points, “HA! That means you’re a MAN!” and runs off yelling triumphantly. “SHES A MAN! SHES A HOMO SAPIENS!! SHE’S A MAAAAN!!”
I’m left standing there stammering PAUL THATS NOT- that’s not what that— hey we’re ALL homo sapi- goddammit Paul you dumbass
complete with safety railing!! even though he barely moved.
(the screen is wedged under the window it wasnt dangerous either)
He had evening sun but its gone now.
I need to build a better solution. I was looking at cat towers….for my lizard…
Gotta build him some proper furniture!!
Darwin eating a cricket! Complete with crunchy noises and tongue action. Dat tongue so crazy looooong.
Also on the menu today: a harvestman, some earwigs, and a few tiny millipedes. Mmmm, mmm, lizard feast!
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AWESOME!! What do you feed them?
The silkworms eat “silkworm chow” which is powdered mulberry leaves (maybe other stuff?? not sure). You add water and boil in the microwave. 1/2lb powdered chow = 1 lb cooked chow, which will raise 200 worms to adulthood (the number I got).
EVENTUALLY I’d love to get a mulberry tree and try to make my own powdered chow, if that’s even feasible! Or at least have a tree and feed some leaves.
It’s actually easier to feed them chow since hatchlings can only eat the newest tender baby leaves because their jaws can’t crunch the mature leaves (such precious fragile babies!!) so you have to have new growth available, but chow is no prob thus you can raise them all year.
So far raising silkworms is going according to plan!
Hatching = SUCCESS
2nd instar = SUCCESS
They come out as these TINY TINY black specks but now they look like proper catepillars :) Immediately after hatching and until about 3rd instar they’re most fragile, but all that’s needed is feeding once a day or so and that’s it for care. They’ll live in the incubator set at around 80F. Investing in a cheap incubator took all the worry out of keeping temps properly.
The hard part is keeping things clean so thorough handwashing and careful handling of food to keep infection away.
So much fun!! WORMIES!!
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