Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-early Oct.
Foodplant: Bees wax from hives.
|Year first recorded||1885||2004||1885|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||29||7||72|
|Number of individuals||17||7||48|
For the region, we have a total of 72 records from 48 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, the larva feeding on honeycomb, preferring old rather than fresh wax, dead bees and detritus in beehives. In 2008, Dr P Sterling found several adult specimens at West Bexington indoors in a bedroom beneath a wild beehive in the attic. This is the only record of residency in recent years, although historically it was plentiful in apiaries: Sherborne, abundant in old beehives (J Douglas), and Chamberlaynes, common in beehives (H Andrewes).
The following are all the recent MV light trap records for the species. Galleria mellonella1425 was also seen in the county on the 1995, July 1996, 1997 and 2003 dates. Migrant-bearing south-easterly or easterly airflows were established on all occasions. The status of the moth is a declining resident of wild beehives and an occasional immigrant: Weymouth, on 2 July 1994 (Dr P Sterling), 19 August 1997 (J Pyett), Shaggs, on 6 August 2002 (M Parsons), Morden Bog, on 16 August 1997, and Shapwick, on 15 July 2003, 5 September 2003, and Gaunts Common, on 11 October 1995, 9 July 1996, 13 October 1996, 10 August 1997, 19 August 1997 (P Davey), West Blagdon, on 4 August 2003 (D Green), Hurn, on 17 July 2007 (M Jeffes).