Lesser Wax Moth - Achroia grisella


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

Identification difficulty

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)

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

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