Friday, January 26, 2007

Silk (I)

Silkworm (Bombyx mori, Latin: silkworm of the mulberry tree") is the larva or caterpillar of a moth in the family Bombycidae, that is very important economically as the producer of silk. It is entirely dependent on humans for its reproduction and no longer occurs in the wild; silk culture has been practiced for at least 5000 years in China (Goldsmith et al., 2004). A silkworm's diet consists solely of mulberry leaves. It is native to northern China. Its nearest wild relative is Bombyx mandarina with which it is able to hybridize (Goldsmith et al., 2004), and which ranges from northern India to northern China, Korea and Japan. You can read more on Silkworms in Wikipedia.



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