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Humanity has been producing silk for over 5,000 years. Although this is not entirely true. The larvae of silkworms constantly eat mulberry leaves. The Bombyx mori caterpillar eats almost continuously and gradually increases in weight and size by 10,000 times: up to about 6-7 cm by the time of pupation. Then the silkworm creates a cocoon to calmly survive the pupal stage in it, freeze and wait until the end of the process of global physical transformation. Threads give protection to the pupa. Because if you are small, immobile, and nutritious - you will definitely be eaten. The cocoon builds of a strong thread with a thickness of 10-30 microns, triangular in cross-section. Like a prism, the thread refracts light and gives silk fabrics a shine. One caterpillar produces up to 3000 meters of thread, with a body length of 6-7 cm. The pupa is going to spend from 2 to 2,5 weeks in the cocoon and going to born as an adult dirty-white furry butterfly. But for 5000 years most of the plans haven't been destining to come true. Instead of a new, better life with wings, most of the silkworm specimens will die. For humans, it is absolutely unprofitable that they destroy their cocoons and come out. Therefore, ten days after creation, the cocoons throw into boiling water, so the pupa dies, and the thread begins to unravel. There are methods in which silkworms stay alive. However, in this case, only 1/6 of the thread volume that could be picked using the traditional method can be obtained from the cocoon. The technological process increases by 10 days, and the cost of a kilogram of silk becomes more expensive.
Bombyx mori or silkworm is one of the earliest species bred by humans for their own use. Modified domesticated specimens have forgotten how to fly, so the males can't find a female for mating on their own. They are not afraid of predators so they have lost their protective coloring. But they are larger than wild relatives, grow faster, produce about ten times more thread, lay more eggs, better tolerate crowding, and therefore are more suitable for commercial use.
For thousands of years, the life cycle of these creatures has been obeying the will of humans. The goals are to produce a visually appealing fabric. Their body was deformed for the sake of this process. They are forced to produce more and live faster. But they desperately want to control the devices, other butterflies, time, and their own lives. Unable to fly, they control human-made drones. They seize the remote controls and nominate themselves for rulers. Occupy the pillows to living calmly for a while.