A Complete Guide to Breeding Silkworms

How to Breed Silkworms


  1. Get 1-50 plain white and same amount of striped ones.
  2. Feed silkworms with mulberry leaves every couple of hours.
  3. Wait for about 4-5 weeks and they will spin a cocoon.
  4. Now you just wait until they come out as moths.
  5. Put them together and put paper in the container to let them lay eggs on.
  6. After they mate,lay eggs and die,you can put the eggs in the fridge in a sealable bag.
  7. After 2 weeks, take them out and they should hatch in 1-3 weeks.
  8. Look after them.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can spray or smoke kill the silkworm? How can protect them?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Smoke cannot, but bug spray can. So, keep them clear of anywhere someone might spray.
  • Question
    Are phoenix worms/black soldier fly larvae available in Canada?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. The worms are available almost anywhere in the world. There is no need for a license unless you are breeding thousands of them and also selling them.
  • Question
    How do I tell the difference between a male and female silkworm?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It is impossible to determine silkworms' genders in the larva or pupa stage. In the adult moth stage, females can be distinguished from the males because of their larger size.
  • Question
    Do I have to put the eggs in the refrigerator?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, just make sure they are submerged in dirt in a cool place, and make sure the dirt is moist. Spray it with water every 2 days.
  • Question
    How do I breed black soldier fly larvae?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Raise them as you would raise darling beetles. Feed them vegetables, use a biodegradable substrate, separate adults and larvae, as the adults will eat the young, and clean the habitat often. You can refer to the wikihow "How To Breed Mealworms" for more information. Follow the same steps for black solider fly larvae.
  • Question
    Can I feed them anything other than mulberry leaves?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can feed them mulberry chow, but that's the only good alternative.
Unanswered Questions
  • Why do I need some white and some striped when breeding silkworms? How do I store silkworm eggs if they don't hatch?
  • What is the reason for breeding silkworms with particular colors or patterns?
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  • When they turn to cocoons, wedge a lot of square cardboard thingies into your container. If you have more than 10 silkworms, they'll need a lot of corners to choose from!
  • Keep the growing silkworms in a tub with a mesh as substrate, place the mulberry leaves on top of the mesh and the majority of the worms will go above the mesh, the mesh can then be removed to allow for a much easier and safer clean.
  • Keep them at around 80F from Hatch-Moth for best results.
  • Keep in a ventilated container to ensure humidity levels are low.


  • DO NOT feed the silkworms wet leaves. They can throw up and die.
  • Humidity / moisture should be kept to a minimum, any moisture could result in a bacterial infection or a development of mold, either of these two scenarios would likely kill a colony of silkworms.
  • The newly hatched worm should be transported from leaf to leaf.

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