Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

female Bee Moth
female Bee Moth
female Bee Moth
The Bee Moth is one of nature's rubbish recyclers. Their larvae live in nests of bumble bees and social wasps (not usually in honey bee hives, unlike their relative the Wax Moth). The caterpillars eat the nest debris first, then the wax/comb and then, unusually for caterpillars since most are vegetarian, they may eat the bee/wasp larvae.
female Bee Moth Wingspan: male 22-33 mm; female 30-40 mm
female Bee Moth UK flight time: Jun-Aug
The female Bee Moth (above) is larger and much plainer than the male (top row), with little colouring and pattern on her greyish wings.
He is more colourful and strongly patterned, having a wide pinkish central band with a wavy dark border. Both have black spots on their sides.