4.1.1. Damage to combs

Wax moth larvae feed on wax combs, cast larval skins, pollen, and some honey (Shimanuki et al., 1992). Dark comb (comb in which brood has been reared) is preferred by the moth and subsequently suffers the most damage. The feeding habits of the larvae can reduce the wax combs to a pile of debris, wax moth frass, and webbing (Figs. 3 and 6).