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Does anyone know life cycle of the waxworm? I'm interested in the time from egg to moth and how many cycles might occur in an empty hive during a two month period.
 

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"The fully grown larva spins its own cocoon, which usually is attached to wooden parts inside the hive - such as the inner cover, hive body, and frame. In colder climates, the greater wax moth overwinters as a pupa. In warmer areas, adults emerge all year. The adult female is about 3/4-inch long and 1 to 1-1/4 inches wide from wingtip to wingtip. Within 4 to 10 days after emergence, the female begins to lay eggs. She lays about 300 eggs in her lifetime, which usually is somewhat less than 3 weeks."

- Beekeeping in the United States
 

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Thanks guys, very helpful. I lost a colony sometime last summer I think to pesticides. By the time I found the deadout, the worms had ruined much of the comb. Really sad since it was really a booming colony.
 
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