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Bombix Mori
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The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of Bombyx mori (Latin: "silkworm of the mulberry tree"), the domesticated silkmoth. A moth in the family Bombycidae, it is very important economically as the producer of silk. It is entirely dependent on humans for its reproduction and no longer occurs naturally in the wild. Sericulture has been practiced for at least 5,000 years in China (Goldsmith et al. 2004). A silkworm's preferred food is white mulberry leaves. It is native to northern China and Iran.
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Bombycidae
  • Genus: Bombyx
  • Species: B. mori
  • Common names: Mulberry silkworm (Eng.) and Silkmoth  - Baco da seta (Ita.)


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