THE SILKWORM, caterpillar of the silk moth (Bombyx mori)
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM)
A silkworm is the larva (caterpillar) of the domesticated silkmoth, Bombyx mori (Latin: “silkworm of the mulberry tree”). It is an economically important insect, being a primary producer of silk. Sericulture, the practice of breeding silkworms for the production of raw silk, has been underway for at least 5,000 years in China.
Does that make this little guy the most important caterpillar on the planet? Probably so, assuming that by “most important” we mean “most important from the human perspective.”
Colored scanning electron micrograph
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