wax moth


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wax moth

n.
A moth (Galleria mellonella) that lays its eggs in beehives, where the larvae feed on the wax and debris of the honeycombs.

wax moth

n
(Animals) a brown pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the combs of beehives. Also called: honeycomb moth or bee moth

bee′ moth`


n.
a moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on honeycombs in beehives. Also called wax moth.
[1820–30, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wax moth - moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombswax moth - moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
pyralid, pyralid moth - usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests
Galleria, genus Galleria - a genus of Pyralidae
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