There are seven large silk-moths, of which two only (Bombyx mon and Anthenaea yama-mai) are employed in producing silk.
A silk spinning moth, the ailanthus moth (Bombyx or Philosamia cynthia), lives on its leaves, and yields a silk more durable and cheaper than mulberry silk, but inferior to it in fineness and gloss.
But the fibres used for manufacturing purposes are exclusively produced by the mulberry silk-moth of China, Bombyx mori, and a few other moths closely allied to that insect.
The mulberry-feeding moth, Bombyx mori, which is the principal source of silk, belongs to the Bombycidae, a family of Lepidoptera in which are embraced some of the largest and most handsome moths.
- Bombyx mori (male).
- Bombyx mori (female).: _; FIG.
- Larva of Bombyx mori.
- Cocoon of Silk of Bombyx mori.
Of Bombyx mori.
Who devoted great attention to the silk question as it affects the East Indies, that at least six species of Bombyx, differing from B.
From the blood of Bombyx mori, V.