Species Account

Select species and region:



Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-mid Sep.

Forewing: 8-12mm.

Foodplant: Bees wax from hives.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19971883188318832001
Year last recorded20142013201420142013
Number of records88221412
Number of individuals67211523
Unique positions8614104
Unique locations8615104
Adult records87201212
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 64 records from 43 sites. First recorded in 1883.


62.005 Lesser Wax Moth 05
© Andy Nunn
62.005 Lesser Wax Moth 04
© Andy Nunn
62.005 Lesser Wax Moth 03
© Damian Money
62.005 Lesser Wax Moth 02
© Charles Fletcher, 27 Aug 2008
62.005 Lesser Wax Moth 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Undoubtedly under-recorded this moth occurs thinly in vice-counties 62 to 64 but seldom comes under notice unless looked for among old honeycombs.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Hornsea, emerged July 1997 from old honeycombs (HEB, ASE). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 23.8.2001 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, 2005: Beekeepers have reported this moth to be widespread across the county (Colin Howes), usually infesting stored honeycombs rather than active hives. This has long been suspected although records of moths attracted to lights of lepidopterists have been few. These have been of female moths presumably making dispersal flights to found new colonies.

See background to species accounts.  Index of Vernacular names - Search - Random Species