wax moth


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wax moth moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wax moth (Zoöl) a pyralid moth (Galleria cereana) whose larvæ feed upon honeycomb, and construct silken galleries among the fragments. The moth has dusky gray wings streaked with brown near the outer edge. The larva is yellowish white with brownish dots. Called also bee moth.
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In literature:

The little grey Wax-moth, pressed close in a crack in the alighting-board, had waited this chance all day.
"Actions and Reactions" by Rudyard Kipling
The larva of the moth feeds on the wax.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
If she gets the least opportunity Mother Bee-Moth lays her eggs in the wax of the honeycomb, for the baby moths are very fond of wax.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Wax the food of the moth larvae.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
But the great question in bee-culture is, How to prevent the depredation of the wax-moth?
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden

In news:

The anesthetic may not only help honey bees fend off pests such as wax moth and the parasitic varroa mite, but it also has great potential for use in human medicine.