Entomopathogenic nematodes, Greater wax moth
, Yellow mealworm, Infectivity, Productivity.
These range from better recycling techniques and biodegradable "plastics" made from algae or starch, to (my favourite) using the wax moth
caterpillar or "mutant bacteria" to consume plastic waste.
Surprisingly, one of the best listeners is the Greater Wax Moth
. These moths can hear up to 300 kilohertz (Khz), which is 150 times more than we can hear.
She said another challenge facing the business was that of wax moth
pest which attacked the honey comb, irritating the bees resulting in part of the colony escaping from the boxes.
SustaFix gel contains propolis extract, bee venom, bee extract, beeswax, cedar sap, olive oil, horse chestnut extract and wax moth
Table 1: Effect of EPNs treated with various chemical and Bio-pesticides on Greater Wax Moth
Called wax worms, the larvae of the common insect Galleria mellonella, or greater wax moth
, live as parasites in honeybee colonies.
Scientists have discovered that the larvae of the wax moth
are able to eat plastics!
The synthetic polyethylene, the most commonly used material in plastic packaging, is not biodegradable but the wax moth
larva quickly breaks it down, according to a study in the journal (http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(17)30231-2) Current Biology .
The larvae of the greater wax moth
normally thrive on beeswax, making them a hated enemy of bee keepers across Europe.
In labs wax moth
, Galleria mellonella (a lepidoptern pest of bee hive) is used as host for their mass culture.