- a brownish pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the honeycombs in beehives.
Origin of bee moth
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
Also called wax moth.
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Examples from the Web for bee moth
That the bee-moth has multiplied most astonishingly, is undoubtedly true.
Hundreds are caught in this way, although many other kinds besides the bee-moth will be mixed with them.Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained
And well they may, for death and destruction of the community follow in the train of the bee-moth.Insect Stories
Vernon L. Kellogg
It has been found very difficult to preserve comb from the bee-moth, when it is taken from the bees.
It ought to furnish the greatest possible security against the ravages of the 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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