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Figure 10.14. MOTHS, (a) Mediterranean flour moth (Anagasta kuehniella, Pyralidae). (b) Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella, Pyralidae). (c) Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella, Pyralidae). (d) Agave worm moth (Comadia redtenbacheri, Cossidae). (e) Agave worm butterfly (Aegiale hesperiaris, Megathymidae).

Figure 10.14. MOTHS, (a) Mediterranean flour moth (Anagasta kuehniella, Pyralidae). (b) Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella, Pyralidae). (c) Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella, Pyralidae). (d) Agave worm moth (Comadia redtenbacheri, Cossidae). (e) Agave worm butterfly (Aegiale hesperiaris, Megathymidae).

Reference

Corbet, A. S., and W. H. T. Tams. 1943. Keys for the identification of the Lepidoptera infecting stored food products. Zool. Soc. London, Proc. B 113: 55-148.

Greater Wax Moth

Pyralidae, Galleriinae, Galleria mellonella. Spanish: Gusano de la cera, falsa tina de los colmenares.

The larva of this pyralid attacks the combs of the honeybee, feeding on the wax and spoiling the honey. It is a cosmopolitan species well known to apiculturists. The adult (fig. 10.14c) is medium-sized (WS 28-35 mm), with dull brown fore wings having a characteristic notched or falcate apex; the hind wings are cream (Koehler 1933, Whitcomb 1936).

References

Koehler, P. 1933. La polilla de las colmenas (Galleria mellonella L.). Min. Agric. Argentina Bol. Mens. 33: 257-277. Whitcomb, W. 1936. The wax moth and its control. U.S. Dept. Agric. Circ. 386: 1-14.

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