The Secrets of Raising Silkworms

If you're seeking an unusual hobby or part-time pursuit, consider raising silkworms—one of the world's most profitable insects after honeybees.

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The product of a successful season raising silkworms. That paper grocery bag holds about 10,000 cocoons, each composed of 600 to 1,000 yards of thread—enough to produce about 5 pounds of raw silk or about 30 pairs of silk stockings.
PHOTO: CLYDE E. WITT