Greater Wax Moth, Galleria mellonella (L), Lesser Wax Moth, Achroia grisella, Beekeeping, Apiary management, Honeycomb..
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The damage to honeycomb caused by wax moth is a world-wide problem, the extensive distribution of the pest being due to the transport of infected material which has accompanied the expansion of bee-keeping. Although wax moth can be reared on a variety of materials not obtainable in the beehive, their association with the honey-bee is of such antiquity, that honeycomb in one form or another now forms its only natural food supply.
Rimes, G. D.
"Insect pests and their control - Wax moth - An apiary problem,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 7
, Article 12.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol7/iss2/12