The Moths of Suffolk
1428 Aphomia sociella, Bee Moth, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, fens, grassland, heathland and scurb

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to August

Larval foodplants : bees and wasps nests, on comb and brood

Morley's Final Catalogue : An extremely frequent species, everywhere but perhaps around Ipswich where it comes but sparingly to light. Common at Copdock (Hkg), Bentley Woods in 1935; Aldeburgh, Leiston, Hacheston, Waldringfield; at Monks Soham light constantly in July-August 1908-36, Stowmarket, Fritton, Brandon.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 25-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMelissoblaptes zelleri
Paralipsa gularis, Stored Nut Moth

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Eye (18.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (1.vi.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Great Cornard (v.2005) © Stuart Read
Thetford, Norfolk (23.vi.2005) © Lee Gregory
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (20.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (16.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener