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62.005 (BF1426)

Lesser Wax Moth   

Achroia grisella
Adult: 1
Resident. Rare.


A small, plain unmarked moth with a yellowish head.

Recording method

Attracted to light. Can be found in and near bee-hives.

Flight period


Larval food

Wax in beehives and wasps nests. Occasionally on dried fruit and dead insects.


Beehives and wasp nests.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Mersehead RSPB, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 20th August 1996, while the first record for Dumfriesshire was of an infestation found in the council offices in Dumfries on 2nd September 2013. There are no records from Wigtownshire.

5 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018 2016

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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