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Title: Bombycidae  
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Subject: Bombyx mori, List of moths of India (Bombycidae), Bombyx mandarina, Phiditiidae, Bombycoidea
Collection: Bombycidae, Bombycoidea, Insect Families, Moth Families, Moths of Canada
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Caterpillars of the silkmoth
(Bombyx mori), age 30 days
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Bombycidae
Latreille, 1802

The Bombycidae are a family of moths. The best-known species is Bombyx mori (Linnaeus) or silkworm, native to northern China and domesticated for millennia. Another well known species is Bombyx mandarina, also native to Asia.


  • Diversity 1
  • Taxonomy 2
  • Genera 3
  • References 4


The family consists of 21 genera and about 150 species, most of which belong to the nominate subfamily Bombycinae.


The family was recently severely restricted, and currently contains only two subfamilies, the Bombycidae and Epiinae (previously the tribe Epiini). The former subfamilies Oberthueriinae and Prismostictinae have been placed as subjective junior synonyms of Endromidae. The former subfamily Phiditiinae is reinstated as a separate family, the Phiditiidae.[1]


This list is provisional. Genera such as Apatelodes and Olceclostera are placed in the Apatelodidae, if these are considered valid. Ephoria may be a synonym of Epholca (Geometridae: Ennominae: Ourapterygini), and Epia may be one of Hadena (Noctuidae: Hadeninae: Hadenini).


  1. ^ "Increased gene sampling yields robust support for higher-level clades within Bombycoidea (Lepidoptera)". 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  • Natural History Museum Lepidoptera genus database
  • List of Bombycidae Types (Museum Witt München).
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