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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
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. Also known as the silkworms, which are the larvae or caterpillars of silkmoths. The genus was erected by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. For a few thousand years, only two species were recognized, but several other species have been discovered; the genus also 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.




The caterpillars feed on Moraceae, especially on mulberries (Morus species).[2] Domesticated silkworms may be fed artificial mulberry chow.


  1. ^ Pitkin, Brian & Jenkins, Paul (November 5, 2004). "Bombyx Linnaeus, 1758". Butterflies and Moths of the World. Natural History Museum, London. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ K. Thangavelu (2003). "Conservation status of silkworm genetic resources in India". In Kee-Wook Sohn (ed.). 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.