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wax moth

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Definition of wax moth in English:

noun

A brownish moth which lays its eggs in beehives. The caterpillars cover the combs with silken tunnels and feed on beeswax.
  • Genera Galleria and Achroea, family Pyralidae: several species, in particular G. mellonella
Example sentences
  • In the greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella, distinctions between mates and predators are potentially difficult to make.
  • During early research, they used cadavers of Galleria mellonella, or greater wax moth.
  • The young were hand-reared on a mixed diet of wax moth larvae; crickets; and a mixture of ground beef heart, wheat, curd, calcium, and vitamins.

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