Greater wax moth larvae can complete development on paper wasp nest



The greater wax moths were able to complete their development on paper wasp nests. This shows that nests of other social insects could be used as alternative food sources to beeswax. Unfortunately, the nutritional value of the paper wasp nest to the greater wax moths was not investigated in this study. Therefore, further investigations are required to assess the nutritional value of paper wasp nests to wax moths in comparison with beeswax, and to better document the biological characteristics of moths reared on wasp nests.

 

Abou-Shaara, H.F. (2017). Greater wax moth larvae can complete development on paper wasp nest. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology, 33(1):57-60.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3954/JAUE17-13.1
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Ricola Foundation

Veto-Pharma

University of Bern

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