Bee Moth - Aphomia sociella


Wingspan 18 to 44 mm. This species is sexually dimorphic, the buff and brown males being more brightly coloured and patterned than the greyer females.

Identification difficulty

Common around bee and wasp nests and beehives throughout Britain.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Larva feeds on the debris in and the contents of wasp and bee nests.

UK Status

Fairly common over much of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map