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Species Achroia grisella - Lesser Wax Moth - Hodges#5623

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Galleriinae
Tribe Galleriini
Genus Achroia (Lesser Wax Moth)
Species grisella (Lesser Wax Moth - Hodges#5623 )
Hodges Number
forewing length 7.5-11.5 mm(1)
forewing is gray with pale yellow area on the head](1)
originally introduced in the mid 19th century to southern California and is expanding range eastward throughout North America
in or near abandoned beehives
2-5 broods per year, warmer climates having the most
larvae feed on honeycombs and debris of abandoned beehives(1)
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. A. & P. A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, p. 186, plate 24.40(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photograph of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph pinned adult of related species for comparison.
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.