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1428 ~ Aphomia sociella ~ Bee Moth
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and often common throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Very common, especially in the northern half of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 25-38mm.

Confusion species


Female can resemble Melissoblaptes zelleri and Paralipsa gularis.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)

Habitat

Wherever bees nests are found.

Foodplant

Various material in bee's nest.

Lifestage data

Eggs laid inside nest. Larva initially feed on old cells and debris, later attacking comb and brood, often riddling the nest with silk lined tunnels. Pupates in a tough brown papery cocoon, often in numbers.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 28th June 2008, Llanfyllin.
Male.

Photo by MDH, 16th Aug 2009, Llanfyllin.
Female.

Photo by SOS, 24th May 2014, Guilsfield
Emerging adults

Photo by SOS, 24th May 2014, Guilsfield
Larva

Photo by SOS, May 2014, Guilsfield
Cocoons