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Hooke's drawing of a silkworm's egg in 1663
"Mr. Hooke showed a microscopical observation of a silk-worm's egg."
Virginian silk as viewed by Hooke through his microscope in 1663
Royal Society journal book entry for 25 Nov. 1663
"a young Lady Discoverer"
Woodcut illustration of silkworms, printed in 1650
"Some silk from Virginia was given to Mr. Hooke, to be examined with a microscope."
Royal Society journal book entry for 30 Sept. 1663