Cindy Haskin wrote:Will you be allowing some to breed and lay eggs for next year?
Cindy Haskin wrote:Purely guessing here. Just something that happens to a few because of the (guessing again) inbreeding? I certainly hope it's not something more sinister.
r ranson wrote:Is hydrogen peroxide good enough for cleaning?
I'm feeling identification of the ailment is my goal this year. Then cleaning everything.
This batch had an extremely low hatch rate.
I'll smell the goo in the morning and report back.
r ranson wrote:My bins are plastic.
How about chlorine bleach? I don't like to use it, but the bins will have a few months to air out before next spring.
I am worried about the way the weather is influencing the mulberry trees this year. The leaves feel tougher/dryer than normal and there is more dust that is tough to get off. I wash down the trees every few days, but there is just so much dust and soot in the air that it's hard to get the leaves clean.
But my instincts tell me this isn't the cause of the problem.
I checked, and there's no moth spray this year. Sometimes they spray for gipsy moths in april and may.
Ryan Hobbs wrote:Silk worms are actually quite tasty. After you boil them to get the silk thread, take the bare pupae and fry them in sesame oil, then when they're kind of crisped up, coat them in teriyaki sauce and put them on skewers. They're good to freeze like this if you don't want to eat them all at once, and the frozen ones are good to throw on the grill as an appetizer for your next bbq. Waste not, want not.