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...which eventually develop into cacoons..

The full sentence is:

According to researchers, the silkworm (which eventually develop into cacoons) from which raw silk is produced do well in warm climatic conditions

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    It's called a non-restrictive(or non-defining) relative clause, and its function is that of 'supplement'. – BillJ Jan 23 at 13:48
  • Perhaps the word you are looking for ”erroneous”, given how it’s both orthographically and biologically incorrect. Silkworms don’t develop INTO “cacoons”. The larvae metamorphosize into the chrysalides of their pupal phase, during which time they are enclosed by the silk cocoons they’ve spun to protect themselves while their pupae further metamorphosize into imagos. There is no such word as “cacoon”, and the silkworms don’t develop INTO cocoons; they metamorphosize WITHIN these outer coverings, which are no part of the organism itself, being mere wrappers of their own creation. – tchrist Jan 23 at 14:09
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The precise grammatical term would be that this sentence is a relative clause which is describing some property of your silkworms in additional detail (just as this sentence is a relative clause).

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