Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

Comet moth larvae
Comet moth larvae

It is currently very rainy in Maroantsetra - good for CPALI and the caterpillars - but not humans! Mario and Bertrand found many stage 5 caterpillars in the field and so far 600 cocoons have been collected from the Maraontsetra rearing site. The team has just located 3 new host plant sites - Vodivohitra, 20 kilometers, and Sahajinja, 30 kilometers from Maroantsetra. The farmers in Ambodivoaghany, the "CPALI 5" are transplanting host plant seedlings into family gardens. Despite Madagascar's current political difficulties, CPALI is continuing to move ahead.

Denis' nursery
Comet moth cocoons - waiting for the adults to emerge
Comet moth cocoons - waiting for the adults to emerge

Thanks to our dedicated staff in Maroantsetra, continued support from WCS, and connectivity via Skype and email, the CPALI project is progressing towards its near term goal of producing 5 kg of silk this season. The volunteer farmers in Ambodivoangy have recently signed contract, pledging to use CPALI methods, with CPALI pledging to purchase their cocoons Our manufacturing and distribution partner, Angoworld has designed new products using sample cocoons.


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