Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Galleria mellonella
(greater waxmoth)



Galleria mellonella (greater waxmoth)


  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Galleria mellonella
  • Preferred Common Name
  • greater waxmoth
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Galleria mellonella Linnaeus

Preferred Common Name

  • greater waxmoth

Other Scientific Names

  • Galleria cerella Fabricius
  • Phalaena mellonella Linnaeus
  • Tinea mellonella Linnaeus

International Common Names

  • English: bee moth; honeycomb moth; larger waxmoth; waxworm
  • Spanish: polilla de las colmenas; polilla mayor de los panales (arg)
  • French: fausse-teigne de la cire; teigne de la cire, fausse; teigne des ruches

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: voksmøl
  • Germany: Bienenwolf; Grosse Wachsmotte; Rankmade
  • Israel: ash hadonag hagadol
  • Netherlands: Wasmot
  • Norway: voksmoll

EPPO code

  • GALLME (Galleria mellonella)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Pyralidae
  •                             Genus: Galleria
  •                                 Species: Galleria mellonella

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

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