wax moth


Definition of wax moth

: a dull brownish or ashen pyralid moth (Galleria mellonella) with a larva that feeds on the honeycomb wax of bees

Examples of wax moth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other scientific efforts to find biological ways to break down major plastic are underway, including using wax moth larvae to break down polyethylene. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Breakthrough in plastic recycling, and more," 1 May 2020 Waxworms, which are the larvae of wax moths, and spikes or eurolarvae, which are blue bottlefly maggots, are the most popular live baits for hardwater bluegills. Outdoor Life, "5 Bluegill Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish," 27 Jan. 2020 Researchers in Spain and England recently found that the larvae of the greater wax moth can efficiently degrade polyethylene, which accounts for 40 percent of plastics. Matthew Sedacca, Scientific American, "Plastic-Eating Worms Could Inspire Waste-Degrading Tools," 1 Aug. 2017 Wax worms, which are the larval stage of the wax moth Galleria mellonella, are commonly used in the United States as fishing bait or birdfeeder snacks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastic," 26 Apr. 2017

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1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Wax moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wax%20moth. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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