(b. 1526, Milano, d. 1593, Milano)

Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 5)

c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Drawing No. 5 depicts that once the they have attained their maximum size, the worms are transferred onto branches on which they can spin their cocoons out of a single filament of silk; inside the pupa commences its metamorphosis, which takes about ten days.

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