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Food Plants of Silkworm

Food plants of tasar silkworm

The important food plants are Arjun (Termanalia arjuna Roxb. Fr. De Wright & Am.), Asan (Termanalia tomentosa, W & A) and Sal (Shorea robusta Gaertn.). Besides these, the silkworm feeds on Phutuka (Melastoma melabathricum Linn.), Bogori (Zizyphus jujuba Mill) etc. are some of the endemic species of the tropical region of India. The temperate species of this silkworm, namely, Antheraea proylei Jolly, feeds on different species of Quercus which are widely distributed in this region.