Wax Moth - Galleria mellonella


Wingspan 29 to 40 mm. The males of this species have a distinctively concave outer edge to the forewing; the females are generally plainer in appearance with a less concave edge.

Identification difficulty

Around bee hives.

When to see it

Flying between June and October, the adults can be attracted to light.

Life History

The name 'Wax Moth' refers to the moth's lifestyle - it lives in beehives, where the larvae feed on the honeycomb.

UK Status

Formerly local and infrequent in Britain, but has become much more common of late. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland and may be decling here. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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

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