Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
Male • Dorset • © Paul Harris

62.001 BF1428

Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 18-44 mm.

This species is sexually dimorphic, the males being more brightly coloured and patterned than the females. Like some other members of the Galleriinae, the larvae feed on the comb inside bee and wasp nests.

The nocturnal adults are on the wing from June through to August, and can be attracted to light.

It is a fairly common species over most of Britain.
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