Continuous Wild Silk Moth Research and Development

Published: 12 October 2021
Last edited: 19 October 2021

Wild silk moth refers to silk producing moth which lives in the wild and are not domesticated (like the Bombyx mori).


There are approximately 160,000 species of moths in the world, many of these moths create unique cocoons. There are thought to be thousands of unused moth cocoons in various parts of Indonesia and the world, awaiting development by the community.


With a lifetime devotion encompassing continuous study, innovations and award-winning researches for more than 60 years, Dr Hiromu Akai is an Einstein in the world of wild silkmoth.


Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Documentation and dissemination of results

Enabling factors

Dr Hiromu Akai applies mutual symbiosis principle in utilizing the silk producing insects. This is achieved by encouraging massive insect breeding with continuous planting and cultivating various food plants for insects, without the use of noxious insecticides. Hence, promoting the moral obligation to conserve our Earth while developing local industry in domestic and developing countries.


It is important to be able to collaborate with different fields; science, economic, art etc

Lessons learned

When we apply a suitable biodiversity knowledge, we can change the perspective of a community. In this case, the Cricula Trifenestrata larvae which were labelled as pests are transformed into a valuable source of income when the local community learns the utilisation of the Cricula Trifenestrata golden cocoons into wild silk yarn and crafts.


Collaboration across cultures and nations is paramount as wild silk moths live in various regions of the world. Therefore, it is important to have reliable and trustworthy channel of communication, in order to avoid disinformation.


A research needs to have a strong economic value in order to sustain and grow in the long run.

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