Lesser Wax Moth - Achroia grisella

    Description

    Wingspan 16-24 mm. This is a rather small and plain-looking brown moth.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Often in areas where bee hives are present.

    When to see it

    The adults occur from July into the autumn and can sometimes be attracted to light.

    Life History

    This moth has an interesting life-history. The larvae feed on the wax of old honeycombs in bee-hives, though they are also known to feed on dried fruit and dead insects.

    UK Status

    Formerly regarded as fairly common throughout Britain, this species has declined and is often local to those areas where bee-hives occur. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

    Reference
    62.005 BF1426

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map