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

Origin of bee moth

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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bee moth

noun
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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