wax moth


noun

Origin of wax moth

1
First recorded in 1760–70

Words Nearby wax moth

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How to use wax moth in a sentence

  • The Wax-moth caressed Melissa with her soft feelers and laid another egg.

    Actions and Reactions | Rudyard Kipling
  • But the great question in bee-culture is, How to prevent the depredation of the wax-moth?

    Soil Culture | J. H. Walden
  • Laying at every sob, the Wax-moth backed into a crowd of young bees, and left Melissa bewildered and annoyed.

    Actions and Reactions | Rudyard Kipling
  • The little grey Wax-moth, pressed close in a crack in the alighting-board, had waited this chance all day.

    Actions and Reactions | Rudyard Kipling
  • The Wax-moth tripped towards the fourth brood-frame where the young bees were busy feeding the babies.

    Actions and Reactions | Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for wax moth

wax moth

noun
  1. a brown pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the combs of beehives: Also called: honeycomb moth, bee moth

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