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Its appearance is that of a silkworm, but it feeds on the leaves of the .Karitè (Butyrospermum parkii). It has not been possible to use its .silk because it is not uniform o constant like that of the silkworm .(Bombix mori). In Bukina Faso it is used in the traditional pharmacopeia .and is swallowed by infertile women to reverse their condition