The Moths of Suffolk
1426 Achroia grisella, Lesser Wax Moth, (Fabricius, 1794)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late July to early September, a partial second brood in October

Larval foodplants : wax in beehives

Records : Sicklesmere (S Dumican 1999-2000), Brandon (G Austin, 27.vii.2002), Great Cornard (S Read, 13.ix.2002), Fakenham (SMG, 21.vi.2003), Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman 2003-4), Martlesham Heath (S Goddard 10.ix.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : In old comb in bee-hives at Great Glemham (Bloomfield); Bury (Skepper) ; Ipswich in 1933 (Bp). It destroyed honeycombs at Thetford (Barrett) and Tuddenham in July 1903 (Sparke). Never seen in Suffolk till late July 1935, when it flew to light and at dusk in Monks Soham; Benacre Broad (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 16-24mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Burgh Castle, Suffolk (23.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (27.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (9.ix.2016) © Paul Kitchener