Wax Moth Galleria mellonella
Wax Moth Galleria mellonella
Larva • Beverly, E. Yorkshire, found in beehive. • © Andrew Tyzack

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Wax Moth Galleria mellonella

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 29-40 mm.

The males of this species have a distinctively concave outer edge to the forewing; the females are generally plainer in appearance with a less concave edge.

The name 'Wax Moth' refers to the moth's lifestyle - it lives in beehives, where the larvae feed on the honeycomb.

Flying between June and October, the adults can be attracted to light.
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