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1426 ~ Achroia grisella ~ Lesser Wax Moth
UK Status

Resident. A widespread and fairly common species in Britain.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in the west of the county at Commins Coch in 2011.

Wingspan :   M & F, 16-24mm.

Confusion species

It's orange head makes this species fairly distinctive.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine.)


Wherever bee hives are found.


Wax, dried fruit and insects.

Lifestage data

Eggs laid on food source. The larva feeds on old wax in a beehive. Pupates in a white silken cocoon.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 4th Oct 2011, Commins Coch

Photo by DB, 2nd July 2014, Middletown