The diagrams below show the life cycle of the silkworm and the stages in the production of silk cloth. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
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The first diagram depicts the different stages in the life cycle of the silk worm. The second set of diagrams depicts the processes involved in the production of silk cloth from this cocoon.
The moth lays eggs on the mulberry leaves and within ten days the eggs hatch into silkworm larva. The larva feeds on mulberry leaves and within 4 to 6 weeks, it starts weaving the silk thread. In three to eight days, this thread encases its body and forms a cocoon. The cocoon evolves into the moth in 16 days and the cycle starts again.
In order to produce silk cloth, the cocoons are boiled in hot water and the threads are unwound. The threads could be of 300 to 900 meters in length. Some of these threads are twisted and subjected to dye, while others are woven into silk cloth. Both are now ready for the market.
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