These caterpillars will soon spin a cocoon home for their transformation into adult domesticated silk moths. Bombyx mori have been domesticated since at least the past 4500 years. The commercial and cultural importance of these moths is immense. Sericulture is practiced around the word, and in many parts of Asia the moths are kept in attic like ceiling areas to collect the silk in village co-ops. The sale of the silk from the cocoons supplements farm or similar income. These little moths (well the caterpillar really) alo have some special powers we'll get to soon.
In the mean time, check out the development of a closely related Saturniid silk moth from egg to adult moth.
- B. mori
(nod of the antenna to SOFennell for the silk worm image and Miriam at The Oyster's Garter for pointing out the Saturniid series!)