IMHO if the mothfolk in question are arthropods, they'd farm live silkworms in the way that ants farm live aphids.Dormouse559 wrote: ↑22 Sep 2018 23:03Also true, for real silk worms. But if that's also the case of fruityloops' arthropods, it seems their tolerance for killing is higher than I've assumed; fruityloops hasn't mentioned it as a factor in views of the silk.
A continuous supply of any commodity (honeydew, silk) is pretty much always preferable over a one-time heist.
Such lepidopterid silk-gatherers would learn how to tell when a caterpillar was ready to spin and coax the grub to spin silk while gathering the threads.
They could do it by simple crank machines as well, sort of like how we harvest spidersilk w/o offing our 8-legged pals.