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Achroia grisella
Lesser Wax Moth (Fabricius, 1794)
Pyralidae: Galleriinae
1426 / 62.005
Photo © Mike McCarthy,  11/08/2020 - Horsford

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Wingspan: 16-24mm
Flight: July - Oct
Foodplant:   Old Honeycomb from Bee-hives
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Local in Norfolk, can often be found wherever old bee-hives are situated.
Considered a pest by most bee-keepers, modern 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.

Recorded in 35 (47%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1884.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/09/2021127TG14 - Sheringham
18/09/2021128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
02/09/2021127TG20 - Norwich
02/09/2021127TG41 - Acle/Hemsby
30/08/2021127TG20 - Norwich
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