wax moth

wax moth
moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
Hypernyms: ↑pyralid, ↑pyralid moth
Member Holonyms: ↑Galleria, ↑genus Galleria

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2. : a moth (Achroia grisella) smaller than the bee moth but similar in appearance and habits — called also lesser wax moth

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wax moth noun
A moth whose larvae are destructive to young bees
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Main Entry:wax

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wax moth,
a moth whose larvae feed on the honeycomb; bee moth.

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n. a brownish moth that lays its eggs in beehives. The caterpillars cover the combs with silken tunnels and feed on beeswax. Genera Galleria and Achroea, family Pyralidae: several species, in particular G. mellonella

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Wax moth — Wax Wax, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs, OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ. vosk .] [1913 Webster] 1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wax moth — wax′ moth n. ent bee moth • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • wax moth — noun Date: 1766 a dull brownish or ashen pyralid moth (Galleria mellonella) with a larva that feeds on the honeycomb wax of bees …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wax moth — /ˈwæks mɒθ/ (say waks moth) noun → bee moth …   Australian English dictionary

  • wax moth. — See bee moth. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • wax moth — noun a brownish moth whose larvae live in beehives, feeding on beeswax. [Galleria mellonella and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • wax-moth — n. Bee moth …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • wax moth. — See bee moth. [1760 70] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lesser wax moth — Adult specimen Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • lesser wax moth — noun see wax moth …   Useful english dictionary