Silkworms

Silkworm moths spin silk for humans to make cloth out of. But what’s more interesting is their lifetime. From egg to moth is an amazing journey called metamorphosis and it has four phases.

The first phase of metamorphosis is the egg stage. When the larva is in its egg and ready to hatch, it bites a hole in its egg and crawls out. When the larva is born it is three millimeters long. It has a large head and a very hairy body.

Before the silkworm becomes a moth, it is a caterpillar it is called a larva. During this phase, it molts four times and goes through five instars, or “periods before or after the different molts.” The larva has to molt, which means it has to shed skin, and before it does that, it stops eating for a whole twenty-four hours.

When the larva is ready to become a moth, it makes a cocoon made of shiny silk. It takes six hours for the larva to make its cocoon. Then, it starts its transformation into a moth. When the moth is ready to come out of the cocoon, it makes a chemical that comes out of its mouth and dissolves a hole in the cocoon. When the moth comes out of the cocoon is a grown up moth.

After fifteen minutes of clinging to its cocoon, its wings open completely, but its wings are too small too fly. When the moth’s wings are open all the way, they are two inches across. Their wings are white with tiny white scales on them. Their antennas are long and feathery.

Even though it is not the same in each of its life stages, the silkworm is an interesting creature that we can use to make strong and shiny silk fabric.

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The life of a silkworm

Bibliography:
Silkworms by Silvia A. Johnson

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Think About Your Fame

  I listened to two of my favorite artists’ songs that are completely different, and I combined the songs.  Lady Gaga says, “I live for the applause” in her song Applause, and Francesca Battistelli says,”I don’t live for the applause” in her song He Knows My Name.

Think About Your Fame
By Luana

Some people live for the applause, applause, applause

But what they need to know is what they need to know is,

God knows your name

So you don’t need the fame.

You’re already so adored

Its not like you have a choice

He knows your name!

So you don’t need your name in lights

You’re famous in your father’s eyes

Make no mistake he knows your name

Don’t live for the applause, applause, applause

Don’t live for the applause-please live for the applause-please

It’s all his stage,

He knows your name.

God loves you for who you are

A child of God

Free forgiven,

Loved and adored.

He knows your name!

It’s better for god to know your name

Than not being known at all

You’re his true child,

Loved an wanted,

You are his

He is yours

You can be famous but don’t live for fame.

Live for God.