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Pests of Honey Bees

Adult wax moths

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Adult female wax moths fly at night and deposit masses of eggs on unprotected beeswax combs and in the cracks between hive bodies. After a few days these eggs hatch into caterpillars or larvae. The larvae crawl onto the comb and begin their feeding activity in protected areas, often near the center midrib of the cells.