Aphomia sociella

800008.00 — 5629 — Aphomia sociella (Linnaeus, 1758) — Bee Moth

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Apoidea (Insecta: Hymenoptera)

Apoidea (Insecta: Hymenoptera)


Introduced from Eurasia

Sex Differences

Wing maculation sexually dimorphic.

Life History

Larvae develop in bee and wasp nests, feeding on pollen, honey, and immatures


(1 ♂, 1♀) 41.1950 -71.5652, 3 vi 2020, A.S. Hunt [ASHC]


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Solis, M.A., & M.A. Metz, 2008. Aphomia Hübner and Paralipsa Butler Species (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Galleriinae) Known to Occur in the United States and Canada. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 110(3): 592-601.
  • Species Page at BugGuide