Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Aug.
Foodplant: Honeycomb in hives.
|Year first recorded||1877||1994||1877|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||406||126||1064|
|Number of individuals||357||136||986|
For the region, we have a total of 1064 records from 368 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1877.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva living in the nests of wild bees and wasps above the ground, and feeding eventually on everything therein, including nest walls and even the brood. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density, rising to frequent, locally, on sandy soils. A partial bivoltine cycle is suspected from the data in addition to the single cycle, with individuals on the wing between late May and late August.
A very late singleton appeared at the peak of a notable immigration from southern Europe and north Africa: Arne Wood, at MV light on 14 October 1995 (B Pickess).