Came home from work and my silkworm did this.
I bought them awhile ago but my Cham won’t eat them. Well I forgot about them and they ran out of food most died but I cleaned them out and put the couple still live ones in there with some fresh mullberry leaves and two did well after that. Yesterday I came home and one was suddenly dead. It was mushy after looking healthy the day before? So I cleaned it again and I have a cocoon.Nice! If they start cocooning faster than you can feed them you’ll end up with moths and eggs - and then free silkworms for life!
Feed the moth if you just have one cocoon - they dont fly and your cham will enjoy it. Theyre relatively small moths.
They were in a large tall deli cup, it had a lid with holes in it. (Like hornworms come in.) There is some sort of plastic grid in it for them to crawl on and just mulberry leaves. I would take the lid off most days for a couple hours at a time to let any moisture evaporate. I opened the lid part way last night and forgot about it. That’s when it formed the cocoon.Do you keep them in a container with a lid on or no lid? What do you have in the container besides mulberry leaves?
Thanks for the advice! Is the no lid thing to keep the humidity down? How often do you replace your mulberry leaves?I'm,pet them in shoebox sized Tupperware containers that were a little deeper than shoe boxes with a sheet of waxed paper on the floor and some mulberry leaves and toilet paper rolls laying on the floor of the container. No lids.