What are the different silkworms used in sericulture?


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The different types of silkworms used in sericulture are:

No.

Common name

Scientific name

Belongs to Family

Feeds on

Other

1.

Mulberry silkworm

Bombyx mori

Bombycidae

Mulberry leaves

Gives silk of good quality called mulberry silk.

2.

Muga silkworm

Antheraea assamensis

Saturniidae

Machilus plant

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3.

Tasar silkworm

Antheraea mylitta

Saturniidae

Leaves of Oak, Sal and Fig plants.

Gives brown colour silk.

4.

Eri silkworm

Attacus riccini

Saturniidae

Castor leaves

Cocoons spun which give durable fibre.

 

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