Pyralidae : Galleriinae
Photo © Shane Farrell

  Immature stages

Achroia grisella
Lesser Wax Moth

(Fabricius, 1794)62.005/1426
Norfolk status
Locally uncommon in Norfolk, although can often be found wherever old bee-hives occur.
Considered a pest by most bee-keepers, improvements in bee-keeping practices keep numbers down.

Note characteristic yellow head.

The larvae feed on the wax of old honeycombs and are also known to feed on dried fruit and dead insects.

Recent records at Filby (D. Hipperson 2006), Salhouse (J. Clifton, 2009), Blackborough (R. Edmunds, 2010,2011) Downham (R. Edmunds, 2011), Upwell (J. Wheeler, 2011).

Recorded in 18 (26%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1884.
Last Recorded in 2015.


Corcyra cephalonica  |  Galleria mellonella >

List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/08/2015127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
10/07/2015+27TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
04/07/2015128TL69 - Southery/Hilgay
23/07/2014127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
20/07/2014127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
Express Record Achroia grisella
We need your records!
Do you have records of Achroia grisella?
Put your own dot on the map!

Copyright © Jim Wheeler 2015

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 16-24mm
Season: July - Oct
Foodplant:   Old Honeycomb from Bee-hives
Nat Status: Local
 Immature Adult
Share this page


Photos Required | T-shirts | Yahoo Group | Data Policy
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ 2015. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2015. Data © NOLA™ 2015