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Jan 4, 2012 9:40 PM

Larvae ID?

I found 2 offcuts of pine stuck together in my shed. When I pulled them apart, I found the larvae as in the photo. Can anyone kindly tell me what they are? They were about 5-8mm long.

Thank you.

Peter Smith

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    Jan 5, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to Balpha)
    Re: Larvae ID?

    Dear Peter,

     

    I think these are the larvae of bee moths or wax moths.  A lepidopterist might be able to tell you which, but both species have a similar life cycle.  The larvae feed on the honeycombs of bee nests and make these distinctive silken tubes, often in sheds or under floorboards near to the bees' nest they have been feeding on.  I've attached a fact sheet with further information,

     

    Hannah

    NHM ID Team

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