3.2.2. Environment

Wax moths, as adults, are nocturnal insects that fly at night and hide in dark places during the day. Wax moths thrive in dark, warm, poorly ventilated areas that are not well defended by honey bees. As such, ~30°C, ~70 % RH and constant darkness are recommended in most manuscripts where rearing is discussed. Warren and Huddleston (1962) discuss the effect of humidity and temperature on various life stages of greater wax moths.