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Galleria mellonella

(Linnaeus, 1758)1425 / 62.006

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but declining species in England, the larva feeds on honeycomb in nests and in hives, preferring old combs. In Dorset, the moth has declined, and there is no evidence of residency in recent years. Historically, the species was a pest in beehives as the following old records indicate but even by the middle of the twentieth century, improved methods of bee-keeping meant that the species was becoming rare: Sherborne, abundant in neglected beehives (J Douglas),... Read More


Additional Stats

Wingspan: 29-40mm
Flight: June - October
Foodplant:   Honeycomb from bee-hives
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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