Greater Wax Moth

greater wax moth larvaeGreater Wax Moth

Scientific name: Galleria mellonella Linnaeus
(Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)

Facts: The greater wax moth is a pest in beehives. Caterpillars of this species tunnel through the comb, feeding on wax, honey and pollen. They are not usually a problem in healthy hives, but, if not controlled, can be extremely damaging to weakened hives or to combs placed in storage.

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