What is a silk worm?

The silkworm (Bombyx mori) is the larva or caterpillar of the Bombyx mori moth.

Silk has been made for at least 5000 years in China. The world's first practice of silk production was started in China. The moth is important because it makes the silk, and no longer lives in the wild. It is entirely dependent on humans. Silkworms eat mulberry leaves and were native to northern China.

In India, silk is used in weaving sarees and ethnic wear and cloth for traditional wear. Kanchi silk sarees and Benaras silk sarees are world-famous.

Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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