Bee Moth - Aphomia sociella

Description

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
Habitat

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)

Reference
62.001 BF1428

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map