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    Default Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    I have foundation stored in open boxes for 30 plus years on the shelf in my shop. Never before have I seen wax moth damage on it. I have been splicing smaller sheets together for 11 1/4" frames, using up that nice old treatment free wax, and came across this 1 1/2" long what looks like wax moth larvae damage.


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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    Looks like wax moth

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    Had a two sheets like that a few months ago. Found a wax moth larvae on each. They were still tiny. Little nutrition on pure wax.

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    I've never seen a greater wax moth in foundation, but I have had lesser wax moths in my foundation. Luckily they aren't quite as destructive...
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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    I used to have some of that older foundation, too. But, several years ago the wax moth larva converted it almost entirely into frass, webbing, and cocoons. Soon afterwards, I began using Bt 'Aizawai' on any idle combs - it helps a great deal.

    When looking to find documentation about wax moth larvae, and if they are able to digest beeswax, or not, the information I found was divided on the issue. Some authors said they could, and explained how, others said that they couldn't. If they cannot digest beeswax, those that took out a stack of pure beeswax foundation, certainly seemed to indicate, otherwise.
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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    The poo on the inspection board often seems to be undigested wax, the larva needs protein which i think is in the caccoons. Not really sure.

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    I didn't think they were able to do that, but I guess you learn something new every day. Thank you for sharing, odfrank!

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    I've had lesser wax moths burrow into and pupate in a solid block of wax.
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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    Roaches will do the same type of damage, are you sure it was wax moth?

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    I don't have any roaches, but there are plenty of lesser wax moths flying around my basement. Yes, they left their cocoon behind.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by broodhead View Post
    Roaches will do the same type of damage, are you sure it was wax moth?
    >"what looks like wax moth larvae damage."

    No, the culprit had fled the scene and was no where in sight. Only one sheet was damaged.

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Damage On Foundation

    huh that is odd. Never seen it like that.

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