What does a wax moth look like?

What does a wax moth look like?

So What does a wax moth look like? There are two species of wax moth that every beekeeper needs to be on the lookout for. The great and lesser wax moths have different behaviours and present different challenges to beekeepers, who have to constantly be vigilant for any signs of them or their effect on the hive. Knowing what these moths look like and the tell-tale signs that they have infected your hive could save you considerable time, trouble, and money further down the line.

What does a wax moth look like?

Wax moths are initially white, although they turn grey as they age. They usually grow up to 2 cm long, so they are easily visible to the naked eye. Female wax moths begin to lay their eggs immediately after mating and continue to do so for the next five days or so. The number of eggs produced by a single female can vary considerably and is largely dependent on temperature. However, most clutches will contain between 300 and 600 eggs. Females lay their eggs in dark, out of the way places, where they will remain undiscovered for 3-5 days prior to hatching.

Once the eggs have hatched, the larvae immediately begin to burrow through to the hive, leaving a trail of silk in their wake. This wax moth larvae burrowing is what causes damage to the honeycomb. It can also cause damage to bee pupae, preventing bees from developing properly and potentially being born with deformities.

Wax moth larvae should clearly stand out in any beehive. However, if the first you become aware of any potential invaders in your hive is when you see an adult wax moth, pray that it is the first one to discover your hive. Male wax moths attract females using pheromones; if you have a male wax moth near your hive, more could soon be along to investigate.


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