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How to identify wax moths in bee comb

Wax moths are insects that are known to be pests of beehives and their comb. These moths can cause damage to bee comb and stored beekeeping equipment if not properly managed.

Here's a description of their interactions with bee comb:

  1. Life Cycle: Wax moths go through a complete metamorphosis, which includes four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult. The adult female wax moth lays eggs near or on beehive frames, combs, or stored equipment.

  2. Larval Stage: The larvae are the most destructive phase of the wax moth's life cycle. They hatch from the eggs and begin to feed on beeswax, pollen, and other debris found in the bee comb. Larvae are capable of burrowing into the comb, creating tunnels and web-like structures as they feed. Their feeding activity weakens the comb's structural integrity and can lead to contamination of stored honey and pollen.

  3. Damage: Wax moth larvae can cause significant damage to the bee comb, rendering it unsuitable for the brood rearing and honey storage activities of the bee colony.

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