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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Aug.

Forewing: 9-22mm.

Foodplant: Honeycomb in hives.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041904188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records152348510171079220
Number of individuals215866814362073381
Unique positions93768910026
Unique locations90778510324
Adult records152048410131035218
Immature records00131

For the county, we have a total of 4324 records from 379 sites. First recorded in 1883.


62.001 Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth) 05
© Nick Lawman
62.001 Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth) 06
© Andy Nunn
62.001 Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth) 04 larva in old wasps' nest
© Derek Parkinson
62.001 Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth) 03 female
© Alan Draper
62.001 Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth) 02 male
© Alan Draper
62.001 Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth) 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread throughout all five vice-counties, usually recorded in small numbers but occasionally fairly common.

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