Greater wax moth

Greater wax moth

Photo by Pest and Diseases image library, Australia,

  • Pests of weak and stressed colonies and combs in storage
  • Both moths are a similar grey colour and tend to coexist in the same location
  • Both species prefer brood combs and eat wax, pollen and remains of larval honey bees, leaving behind silk webbing and silk lined tunnels
  • Larvae spin white silk cocoons on frames and hive body parts which damages parts of the hive
  • Both species are present throughout Australia


Scientific name: Galleria mellonella
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol