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Achroia grisella
Lesser Wax Moth

(Fabricius, 1794)1426 / 62.005

A local and possibly declining species. 3/4 records a year in Staffs. Similar numbers in Herefordshire.

Eggs laid in bee hives where the larvae feed on old wax. Can become abundant to the detriment of the hive.

Adults not readily attracted to light.

Recorded in 37 (26%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1863.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 16-24mm
Flight: July - Oct
Foodplant:   Old Honeycomb from Bee-hives
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
11/09/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSK04
03/09/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO44
07/08/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
27/07/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSK11
25/07/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ91
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