Bombyx

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Bombyx
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Bombycidae
Genus: Bombyx
Hübner, 1818 [1]
Synonyms
  • Theophila Moore, 1862

Bombyx is the genus of true silkmoths or mulberry silkmoths of the family Bombycidae. For a few thousand years, people only recognised 2 species, but then several other less important species were discovered, and the genus contains 2 tested hybrid species- a semi-natural cross between a female Bombyx mori and a male Bombyx mandarina, and an other hybrid the other way around from the first.

Species[edit]

Hybrids[edit]

  • Bombyx Hybrid, a hybrid between B. mori and B. mandarina
  • Bombyx second Hybrid, a hybrid between a male B. Mori and a female B. mandarina. It is completely dependent on humans to survive.

Food[edit]

The caterpillars feed on Moraceae, especially on mulberries (Morus).[1] Domesticated silkworms may be fed artificial mulberry chow.

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