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Galleria mellonella (Linnaeus, 1758)

An uncommon species in most areas of Belgium.

The larvae live on the comb in bee-hives, preferably an old one, in a silk-lined gallery. They hibernate and later pupate in their cocoon.

The adults have been observed from July till October. They are active at night and come to light or sugar.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Kapellen, 17 September 2006.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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