Atypical voltinism in mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori L., 1758 (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) races Barapat and Barapolu




Diapause, non-diapause, temperate, univoltine


The mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori L., 1758 (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) is classified as univoltine, bivoltine, and polyvoltine based on the annual brood frequency. Voltinism in B. mori is characterized by the occurrence of embryonic diapause (facultative and obligatory diapause). Univoltine silkworms suited to cold and temperate regions lay diapausing eggs and polyvoltine silkworms suited to tropical regions lay non-diapausing eggs. In contrast, the occurrence of diapause in bivoltine silkworms is influenced by the environment. In addition to the difference in the occurrence of embryonic diapause, larval duration, and cocoon characters show distinct variations. In the present correspondence, we are presenting an interesting observation from two silkworm races Barapath and Barapolu originating from the North-East region of India that display divergence in voltinism. The unique characteristic features of univoltine, bivoltine, and polyvoltine observed in the races are discussed explaining the occurrence.


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How to Cite

Rudramuni, K., Kumar, S., Neelaboina, B. K., Ahmad, M. N., & Chowdhury, S. R. (2021). Atypical voltinism in mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori L., 1758 (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) races Barapat and Barapolu. Entomological Communications, 3, ec03001.



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