Friday Fictioneers: Moth, Eaten.

Time for another prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for the Friday Fictioneers. She challenges us to tell a story in 100 words or less with beginning, middle, and end.

You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Image © Madison Wood

Moth, Eaten

“Careful. Put them each into a separate box. There, that’s it.”

Matt looked at his handiwork. Who knew that catching moths could make you proud?

“Weren’t they harmed by the fallout?” he asked his mentor.

“They regenerate well with clean food.”

“And they’ll breed with ours?”

“Hopefully. It prevents inbreeding.”

Matt had tried many crafts, but silk-moth farming had become his calling. The moths were native, fed on a large variety of plants, and the cocoons could be spun into a silky fabric after the adults hatched. Both, humans and moths benefited. Except for the unfortunate caterpillars used for dinner.

(100 words)

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57 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Moth, Eaten.

    1. I thought so, too, but I learned that the larvae are eaten, at least it’s not just waste. We boil lobsters… It is supposed to be a quick death, but who knows. The thing that worries me about the commercial silk moth is that it is so over-bred that it can’t survive in the wild any longer. But there is also another kind of silk, called Eri silk, also from an Asian moth, which is hatching first, then the cocoon is unravelled.

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    1. LOL!
      (enter lecture mode) that’s what the Asian silk moths eat, the ones bred commercially. The two specimen in the picture above are North American species. They have a wide range of food plants. But their silk isn’t used. (end lecture mode) — WordPress has cut out my html tags with the lecture mode, grr.
      Thank you!

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        1. I’m not telling… I’ve read it a few weeks ago, a great page turner. I also found an astronautics paper which contains a lot of the information used in The Martian, gotta check which one was written first.

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