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Moth Spit

Robert N. Wiedenmann and J. Ray Fisher

in The Silken Thread: Five Insects and Their Impacts on Human History

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197555583
eISBN:
9780197555613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197555583.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter reviews how silk, the fabric of royalty, begins as threads of sticky secretions from a moth’s salivary glands—moth spit, in other words. But not just any moth, the domestic silkworm, the ... More


The Silk Roads

Robert N. Wiedenmann and J. Ray Fisher

in The Silken Thread: Five Insects and Their Impacts on Human History

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197555583
eISBN:
9780197555613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197555583.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter shows how in early antiquity the universal appeal of silk spread across Eurasia through a trade network known as the Silk Roads. Silk inspired the economic exchange of trading goods, ... More


The Silken Thread: Five Insects and Their Impacts on Human History

Robert N. Wiedenmann and J. Ray Fisher

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197555583
eISBN:
9780197555613
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197555583.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

Insects are seldom mentioned in history texts, yet they significantly shaped human history. The Silken Thread: Five Insects and Their Impacts on Human History tells the stories of just five insects, ... More


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