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Tussar moths
Antheraea godmani specimen
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Tribe: Saturniini
Genus: Antheraea
Hübner, 1819
Type species
Phalaena mylitta
Drury, 1773

See text

  • Telea Hübner, [1819]
  • Metosamia Druce, 1892
  • Carmenta Weymer, 1906

Antheraea is a moth genus belonging to the family Saturniidae. The genus was erected by Jacob Hübner in 1819. Several species of this genus have caterpillars which produce wild silk of commercial importance. Commonly called "tussar silk", the moths are named tussar moths after the fabric.



The genus includes the following species:


Species mostly placed in other genera[edit]


  1. ^ The "tasar" silkworm Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Produces Tassar silk in India". Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  3. ^ See: "Gary's Open Window Way to Science Prize", Toronto Telegram, 2 May 1960, page 1; "Ontario Boy Wins Top Spot in Science Fair", Toronto Telegram, 13 May 1960; "Top Winner at U.S. Fair" [Indianapolis: Special], Indianapolis Times, 14 May 1960; "Science Fair Winners", Science Newsletter, 28 May 1960; "Moths Wing Lad to Oklahoma", Toronto Telegram, 16 June 1960; "Student to be Guest of U.S. Institute", Globe and Mail, 16 June 1960; "Bright Youth Brighter Today", Weekend Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 40, 1960; "Young Expert on Moths Invited to India Talks", Toronto Telegram, 29 December 1960; "Boy Collector: Moths Win Gary World Trip", Evening News, 29 December 1960; "Young City Moth Expert Flies to India", Peterborough Examiner, 30 December 1960; "Noted U.S. Scientists Address Roorkee Meeting", American Reporter, 11 January 1961
  4. ^ See Helen Spurway


  • Tuskes, PM, JP Tuttle and MM Collins. 1996. The Wild Silk Moths of North America. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-3130-1
  • "Studies on the filament of tasar silkworm, Antheraea mylitta D (Andhra local ecorace)." G. Shamitha and A. Purushotham Rao. Current Science, Vol. 90, No. 12, 25 June 2006, pp. 1667–1671. PDF file downloadable from: [1]

External links[edit]

  • "Raw & Organic Silk: Facts behind the Fibers" [2]
  • "Walter Sweadner and the Wild Silk Moths of the Bitteroot [sic] Mountains. By Michael M. Collins. [3]
  • Downloadable pdf file on Antheraea yamamai (in German) [4][permanent dead link]
  • "Antheraea Hübner, [1819] 1816" [5]