#Nature Awareness 1/8/2013 - Silk Moth. This moth originated in China but is now cultivated in silk farms all over the world. Sadly, this creature is now extinct in the wild, so to honor the silk moth I will discuss some of the natural features present from when it lived out in nature. The silk moth primarily occupied the tropical parts of Southeast Asia and could readily be found on mulberry trees and other plants. Long valued as a source of silk, these stout, pale cream, gray, and brown moths have a wing span of 2-6cm. Caterpillars of the commercial silk moth feed on mulberry; other species feed on fig and related plants. For the silk moth pupation does take place inside a dense silk cocoon, a true work of beauty. Symbolism: metamorphosis, embracing life, newness, creativity, beauty, rebirth.