Pyralidae : Galleriinae
ABH BF
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  Immature stages

 
Achroia grisella
1426 Lesser Wax Moth
(Fabricius, 1794)62.005
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 15 (22%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1884.
Last Recorded in 2014.

 

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/07/2014127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
20/07/2014127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
19/07/2014128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
24/06/2014127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
27/08/2013127TG14 - Sheringham
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Wingspan: 16-24mm
Season: July - Oct
Foodplant:   Old Honeycomb from Bee-hives
Nat Status: Local
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