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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map