bee moth



a brownish pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the honeycombs in beehives.

Nearby words

  1. bee glue,
  2. bee gum,
  3. bee in one's bonnet,
  4. bee killer,
  5. bee martin,
  6. bee orchid,
  7. bee plant,
  8. bee tree,
  9. bee's knees,
  10. bee-eater

Origin of bee moth

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

Also called wax moth. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bee moth

bee moth


any of various pyralid moths, such as the wax moth, whose larvae live in the nests of bees or wasps, feeding on nest materials and host larvae
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