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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid May-Sep.

Forewing: 14-20mm.

Foodplant: Bees wax from hives.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19982003199518832006
Year last recorded20142003201420142013
Number of records49118156
Number of individuals42118166
Unique positions24110111
Unique locations24110111
Adult records49118156
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 89 records from 47 sites. First recorded in 1883.


62.006 Wax Moth 05
© Terry Box, 22 Jul 2018
62.006 Wax Moth 04
© David Ashton, 16 Jul 2016
62.006 Wax Moth 03
© Andy Nunn
62.006 Wax Moth 02
© Dave Shenton
62.006 Wax Moth 01
© Charles Fletcher, 12 Sep 2006

Species Account

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, 21 & 22.7.1998 (BRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Rossington, 20.7.1995, 13.9.2000 (RIH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, pub. 2006: The increase in records of this inhabitant of hive bee nests and combs has continued. Inquiries made of Yorkshire beekeepers by Colin Howes (Doncaster Museum) has revealed that the moth first appeared during the late 1990's and has become more frequent during the past two or three years, which mirrors the increase in light trap records over the same period. Records from beekeepers are concentrated in the south and east of the county.

Argus 52, 2006:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 16 & 25.9.2006 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): Porritt listed only an old record from Leeds (VC64). There were no further records until it occurred at Rossington (VC63) in 1995 and Spurn (VC61) in 1998. In recent years moths have been attracted to MV light quite widely; this has coincided with reports from Yorkshire beekeepers of infestations of this moth in their hives for the first time.

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