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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Bombycidae
Genus: Bombyx
Linnaeus, 1758 [1]
  • 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 two species, but then several other less important species were discovered, and the genus contains two tested hybrid species, a semi-natural cross between a female Bombyx mori and a male Bombyx mandarina, and another hybrid the other way around from the first.



  • 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.


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


  1. ^ K. Thangavelu (2003). "Conservation status of silkworm genetic resources in India". In Kee-Wook Sohn. Conservation Status of Sericulture Germplasm Resources in the World - II. Conservation Status of Silkworm (Bombyx Mori) Genetic Resources in the World. Food and Agriculture Organization.