TAG: Beneficial insects

The Magic Shoe Box

The Magic Shoe Box

This morning, David, an old family friend in his eighties, shared with me a childhood story of growing silk worms. As a little boy, he would gather a pile of mulberry leaves, stuff them into a shoe box, and hide half a dozen small caterpillars beneath the foliage. The creatures were the object of fascination for David as a little boy. He would marvel at the caterpillars’ ravenous appetites as they devoured box after box of mulberry leaves. With every mouthful, the caterpillars grew fatter. Eventually the little critters grew thicker than David’s thumb. When the caterpillars were fat and… read more