2.6. Wax moth oviposition

Female greater wax moths search for a crevice in which to lay their eggs. When a suitable location is found, the female extends her body in order to reach her ovipositor as deep into a crevice as possible. In laboratory studies, the females continued oviposition from 3-13 days (Paddock, 1918). The female greater wax moth can oviposit over 2,000 eggs in her lifetime, though the average is ~700 eggs (Warren and Huddleston, 1962). The female lesser wax moth will oviposit 250-300 eggs during her 7-day adult lifespan (Williams, 1997).