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« on: September 08, 2017, 01:27:43 PM »

The larvae of a silk moth, silkworms are small creatures which are incredibly useful in the production of fine, high quality silk for use in textiles.

On Pern, Silkworms feed on Cave Pitchers, and breed and grow with the help of the Weavers trained in the art.

Silkworms go through two main phases of life, moth and larval phase. Where silkworms live for almost a month, the moths only live for about 7 days. 

The silkworms of Pern are amazing creatures. Brought across by the colonists, silkworms almost seem like they were made for a Pernese environment. Silkworms are notoriously picky creatures, having been overbred on Earth to be mostly completely reliant on human intervention in order to reproduce. Therefore colonists had always worried about their viability and the viability of mulberry trees (the only plant silkworms eat), growing in foreign soil. Genetic modification was bandied around for a time, until they decided to simply test to see whether or not the silkworms would take to any of the native Pern flora.

Luckily for the colonists, and the Weavers of the future, they did. Cave Pitchers were discovered to be the preferred food source of the silkworms, and unlike mulberry trees, they required only natural volcanic cave deposits in order to grow, and could be left almost to their own devices to flourish.

Since the eruption at Landing, this knowledge of the "original" silkworms have been lost. Now, the Pernese have only known silkworms to thrive in cave-like environments feeding on Cave Pitcher fields. However, silkworm populations were not well-equipped for the damp environments of caves, and therefore still required the help of Weaver's trained in the art of silkworm raising, and silk extraction.

Due to overpopulation in the Holds and the subsequent inability to raise silkworms in a steady controlled environment (on top of dangerous transportation across the Northern Continent as the Weaver Hall fell), only a small population of silkworms were able to be brought to Southern Winds Weyr, and the population is not steady enough in order to be utilised for silk manufacture.

After a trip to the Weaver Hall, a small wild population of silkworms were discovered. Which had seemingly escaped within the cave systems of the Weaver Hall and managed to build their own small, but steady, population. With the addition of these silkworms to those at Southern Winds Weyr, the silkworm population is slowly beginning to prosper again.

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« Last Edit: September 05, 2018, 01:48:14 PM by Southern Records »
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