wax moth

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Related to wax moth: Waxworm, Greater wax moth
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Synonyms for wax moth

moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs

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Effects of different honeycomb and sucrose levels on the development of greater wax moth Galleria mellonella larvae.
The larvae of the wax moth cause considerable damage to unattended combs by bees and to combs in storage (Caron, 1992).
As it turns out, wax moth larvae don't taste all that different from potatoes either.
MOTH BAWL: Tricia was terrified; EAR AND LOATHING: A wax moth
The females were fed one particular larvae, either wax moth or mealworm - a treat for the birds, like chocolates - allowing the males to observe from an adjacent compartment through a transparent window.
Dr Max Watkins, a former researcher at Cardiff University, said the anaesthetic may not only help honeybees fend off pests such as wax moth and the parasitic varroa mite, but it also has great potential for use in human use.
A technical hurdle that's kept the insect-cadaver approach from gaining widespread commercial acceptance is the tendency of some commonly used host insects--notably the soft-bodied greater wax moth larvae--to rupture or stick together during storage, transport, and application.
Experiences in south western Nigeria have shown that slum gum are good breeding materials for apicultural pests, most especially the wax moth, (Galleria melonella) and hive beetle (Aethenia tumida).
When the parasitic nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora infects caterpillars of the greater wax moth, the normally pale caterpillars turn persistently pink-red and temporarily luminescent.
Hymenoptera: Braconidae) was reared in the laboratory on the late stage (5th instars) larvae of greater wax moth G.
By October the hive was completely robbed out--no bees, no honey, a couple of hive beetles and a small amount of wax moth activity.
The insects use their tiny mandibles to bite animals that are too small to sting, like the wax moth and the parasitic varroa mite.