Aphomia sociella

Aphomia sociella
"Bee Moth" redirects here. This term may also refer to the moths used to produce waxworms.
Bee Moth
Adult male
Adult female
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pyralidae
Genus: Aphomia
Species: A. sociella
Binomial name
Aphomia sociella
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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The Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) is a small moth of the family Pyralidae. It is native to Europe, but may be found synanthropically outside its original range.

The wingspan is 18–44 millimetres (0.7–1.7 in). This moth flies from June to August in the temperate parts of its range, e.g. Belgium and The Netherlands.

The caterpillars feed on the honeycomb in bumblebee, bee and wasp nests.[1]


Time and again this species has been described as supposedly new, yielding a considerable number of alternate scientific names which are all invalid as junior synonyms nowadays:[2]

  • Aphomia asiatica Caradja, 1916
  • Aphomia eritrella Della Beffa, 1941
  • Aphomia lanceolata Dufrane, 1930
  • Aphomia minor Dufrane, 1930
  • Aphomia pedemontella Della Beffa, 1941
  • Aphomia rufinella Krulikowski, 1909
  • Aphomia virescens Skala, 1929
  • Crambus colonatus Haworth, 1809 (unjustified emendation)
  • Crambus colonum Fabricius, 1798 (unjustified emendation)
  • Lithosia socia Fabricius, 1798 (unjustified emendation)
  • Tinea colonella Linnaeus, 1758
  • Tinea sociella Linnaeus, 1758
  • Tinea tribunella [Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775


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