Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Living With Wax Moth Caterpillar

wax moth

Wax Moth, Galleria mellonella
Photo: dhobern

Caterpillars of the wax moth, Galleria mellonella, can feed on beeswax and cause damage to the comb and foundation. The wax moth is an opportunistic pest that most commonly damages comb that is poorly attended by bees. Waxmoths are more successful if there are pollen and cast skins as food in addition to beeswax and honey. Exclusion of brood from the supers (the top boxes in a hive where honey is stored and collected) reduces problems. Beeswax in supers that are removed from a hive a vulnerable to wax moth damage. Isolated supers have no worker bees to protect the comb. Wax moths caterpillars if unnoticed can do substantial damange to the beeswax foundation requiring the beekeeper to replace it. To prevent waxmoth damage, it is useful for beekeepers to extract the honey shortly after supers have been collected from hive boxes. Bees can repair wax moth damage, but most consume honey to produce the wax scales.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Living With Wax Moth Caterpillar

  1. Caterpillars of the wax moth, Galleria mellonella is really very bad for make damage of our environment. So we need to make our awarness strong for take against of it.

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