4.1.4. Damage to woodenware

Greater wax moth larvae can cause extensive damage to colony woodenware, including the frames and supers. After the moth larvae finish feeding, they look for a place attach their cocoons. Some moth larvae will chew away wood to create an area for cocoon attachment (Williams, 1997). This chewed area can be minor excavations or large holes (Fig. 7). Such damage is characteristic of wax moths and can weaken the structural integrity of the woodenware.