We talked to the woman selling them for ages and she told us how long their life cycle lasts, what to feed them, and how to look after them.
I had always thought that they ate mulberry leaves (which they do) but you can also feed them other things.
Apparently if you feed them beetroot leaves their cocoons turn pink. And if you feed them cabbage leaves they turn out green.
So when we got home the kids went to the garden with me and picked some beetroot leaves and some cabbage and some mulberry leaves and divided the silkworms into three boxes.
It will be fun to watch them grom and see how the cocoons turn out.
The whole day we talked about lifecycles, how silk is made which led to other fabrics and where they come from. I love how these learning opportunities seem to arise from everywhere.