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The lesser wax moth Achroia grisella is a small moth of the snout moth family Pyralidae that belongs to the subfamily Galleriinae. The species was first described by Johan Christian Fabricius in Adults are about 0. Their geographic spread was aided by humans who involuntarily introduced them to many countries. The mating systems of the lesser wax moth are well researched because they involve sound production.

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Synonyms and other taxonomic changes. Pyralis cinerana, Tinea grisella, Galleria aluearia, Bombyx cinereola, Galleria alvea, Galleria alveria, Meliphora alveariella, Tinea anticella, Achroia obscurevittella, Acroia sic major, Achroia ifranella.

Shiny light brown to silver-gray. Tips rounded with long fringe. Hindwings whitish-gray with long, gray fringe. One report from the Netherlands of feeding on cork mat material used in insect collections. Females lay eggs inside beehives or on dried fruit.

Larvae create webs and feed from under the webs. Superficially resembles Crambid Snout Acentria ephemerella which has shiny white-gray wings more spread out at rest, a darker thorax and no orange on head. Powell, J. Opler, Moths of Western North America, p. Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta, , Vol. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario, , Vol.

Entomologische berichen, , Vol. Moth Photographers Group - species page with photograph of living and pinned adults. Moth Photographers Group - photograph pinned adult of related species for comparison. Clickable Guide. Size forewing length 7. Range originally introduced in the mid 19th century to southern California and is expanding range eastward throughout North America to Ontario and Quebec. Habitat in or near abandoned beehives Season broods per year, warmer climates having the most Food larvae feed on honeycombs and debris of abandoned beehives 1 ; dried fruits, including grapes raisins and apples.

Life Cycle Females lay eggs inside beehives or on dried fruit. Remarks rarely collected at lights 1 males broadcast an ultrasonic calling song to attract females See Also several webworm moths are similar. Print References Powell, J.

Handbook of British Lepidoptera, by Meyrick, pp. Internet References Moth Photographers Group - species page with photograph of living and pinned adults. Works Cited 1. UC Press. Bugguide is hosted by: Printer Friendly Version.

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Achroia grisella Fabricius, the lesser wax moth Figure 1 , is considered a pest of unoccupied honey bee, Apis spp. Wax moths consume the abandoned combs, thereby minimizing the risk for exposure to future inhabitants of the cavity. Lesser wax moths have a similar life history to that of greater wax moths, Galleria mellonella L. Figure 1. An adult lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella Fabricius, on a piece of brood comb. Photograph by Mike Bentley , University of Florida. Lesser wax moths are cosmopolitan in distribution, and are present nearly anywhere honey bees are managed.

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