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1. The fine, soft thread produced by various species of caterpillars in forming the cocoons within which the worm is inclosed during the pupa state, especially that produced by the larvae of bombyx mori.

2. Hence, thread spun, or cloth woven, from the above-named material.

3. That which resembles silk, as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize. Raw silk, silk as it is wound off from the cocoons, and before it is manufactured. Silk cotton, a cottony substance enveloping the seeds of the silk-cotton tree.

(Science: botany) Silk-cotton tree, a climbing plant (Periploca Graeca) of the milkweed family, having a silky tuft on the seeds. It is native in southern Europe.

Origin: OE. Silk, selk, AS. Seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. Silki, SW. & Dan. Silke; prob. Through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. Szilkai, Russ. Shelk', and also L. Sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. Sericeous. Serge a woolen stuff.

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As a male silk worm moth nears a female that is releasing bombykol,? a. the female starts to release more bombykol b. the action potential in the antennal nerve increase c. many bombykol sensitive hairs are stimulated per second ...

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Animal Behaviour MC questions

... such as a cricket, whose acceptance by the female is critical for male mating success. Males wrap their generally dark coloured gifts in white silk. Stålhandske wondered if the males wrapped their gifts in order to make them look like the white, silk‐covered egg sacs that mated females make ...

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Re: Does anyone know what spider this is?

... about 2 mm in length. They build extremely delicate webs in the form of a sheet, and unlike many spiders the web does not lead to a retreat. The silk used in these webs is so fine that they are difficult to spot unless they are coated with dew. They greatly favor locations near water or near ...

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Horse blood agar

Try silk screening...and transfer to a media with pure horse blood.

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