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62.001 (BF1428)

Bee Moth   

Aphomia sociella
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.


Sexually dimorphic.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Flight period


Larval foodplants

Honeycomb in nests of wasps or bumblebees, the moths preferring nests above ground.  Also feeds on accumulations of dead insects.


Woodland, scrub, parkland, hedgerows, gardens.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish, Dumfriesshire, on 1st July 1978 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Newton Stewart on 23rd July 1990, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at Mersehead RSPB on 20th July 1996.

441 record(s) from 40 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
62.001 Aphomia Sociella, Bee Moth
62.001 Aphomia Sociella, Bee Moth
62.001 Aphomia Sociella, Bee Moth62.001 Aphomia Sociella, Bee Moth

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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