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Who keeps silkworms?


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November 30, 2008 1:20AM

Silkworms are now raised commercially in Europe and the Northern and Southern Americas. They are from North China, North India, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea orginally. They are the only insect to be domesticated and completely raised by hand. They feed on Mulberry trees, so the farms raising the worms are usually near fields of Mulberry Trees. Some are used for educational reasons and taken to schools and other teaching facilities. The main reason to raise silkworms is for the silk they produce, which is between 1,000 and 3,000 feet long, in one single length. Even though there are no silkworms in the wild now, they are not considered to be threatened, endangered.