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Achroia grisella (Fabricius, 1794)

Lesser Wax Moth
62.0050 (B&F: 1426)

»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Pyraloidea
    »Family: Pyralidae
      »Subfamily: Galleriinae
        »Tribe: Galleriini


Resident. Usually occurs singly at light in a wide range of habitats, larvae are sometimes fairly common in neglected beehives. Well distributed in central Sussex, less so elsewhere. Single-brooded, flying mainly from late June to early September. Larvae feed on wax in domesticated beehives, preferring old wax, adults have also been associated with wasp nest. (Pratt, 2011).

Achroia grisella (Fabricius, 1794)
Woods Mill SWT Reserve, 20 vii 2018
Photo: Bob Foreman
Achroia grisella (Fabricius, 1794)
Findon Valley, 09 viii 2010
Photo: Mike Snelling

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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