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wax moths

wax moths is a plural form of wax moth

wax moth


a moth whose larva lives in and feeds on bee honeycombs


animal noun (animals and microorganisms)


wax moths

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Princeton WordNet


Galleria mellonella [species] | bee moth | honeycomb moth | G. mellonella [abbreviation, species]

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Waxworm | Waxworms | wax moths

which belong to the snout moth family. Two closely related species are commercially bred - the lesser wax moth and the greater wax moth. They belong to the tribe Galleriini in the snout moth subfamily Galleriinae. Another species whose larvae share... (41 of 921 words, 3 images)


Collins Dictionary:

wax moth | honeycomb moth [synonym] | bee moth [synonym] | Galleria mellonella [species]

a brown pyralid moththe larvae of which feed on combs of beehives (12 of 189 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

bee moth | greater wax moth | honeycomb moth | lesser wax moth | wax moth, greater | wax moth | bee moths

common name for an insect pest of honeycombs. Bee moths do damage during their larval stages, injuring combs and honey. The moth "Galleria mellonella" ... (24 of 181 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

wax moth

a brownish moth which lays its eggs in beehives. The caterpillars cover the combs with silken tunnels and feed on beeswax.; Genera Galleria and ... (24 of 53 words)



wax moth | Galleria mellonella [species]

a dull brownish or ashen pyralid moth with a larva that feeds on the honeycomb wax of bees (18 of 34 words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bee moth | wax moth [synonym] | Galleria mellonella [species]

A moth that lays its eggs in beehives, where the larvae feed on the wax and debris of the honeycombs. (20 of 27 words)


Random House Dictionary:

bee moth | wax moth [synonym] | Galleria mellonella [species]

a brownish pyralid moth the larvae of which feed on the honeycombs in beehives. (14 of 22 words)



wax moth | wax moths [plural] | Galleria mellonella [species]

A brown pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which (waxworms) feed on the honeycombs of beehives (17 of 18 words)

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New World Dictionary:

bee moth [United States]

any of various moths; especially, a pest moth (Galleria melonella) whose larvae, hatched in beehives, eat the wax of the honeycomb (21 of 22 words)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

pyralid moth [insect] | Pyralis farinalis [species] | Plodia interpunctella [species] | Ephestia kuehniella [species] | Galleria mellonella [species] | Cactoblastis cactorum [species]

any of a group of moths in the order Lepidoptera, most members of which have long, narrow forewings, broader hindwings, and a wingspan of 18 to 35 mm, ... (28 of 543 words, 1 image)


Encarta Dictionary:

wax moth | wax moths [plural] | Galleria mellonella [species] | honeycomb moth [zoology] | honeycomb moths [zoology, plural]

a small brownish moth whose larvae develop inside beehives, feeding on the wax of the honeycombs and often damaging the honey and the honey bee ... (25 of 42 words)

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