The Moths of Suffolk
1425 Galleria mellonella, Wax Moth, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Gardens, woodland, heathland

Flight Period : On the wing from late May to September, literature mentions that there may possibly be two over-lapping broods although this is not apparent from the records

Larval foodplants : honeycombs

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local and uncommon with us. Copdock in September 1897 (Hkg); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield); Aldeburgh; one only at Monks Soham, sitting on window-sill on 20 August 1919 (Mly); one only at Needham, on 5 August 1905 (Platten); Stowmarket. Also found in the Breck district, the larvae in plenty feeding in old comb in bee-hives (Barrett); Bury.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 30-41mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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female; Eye (6.viii.2003) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (5.ix.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Found inside house - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Female (l) & male (r) - Woolpit, Suffolk (2013) © P.Bryant
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (8.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener