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Galleria mellonella

Resource Type
Common Name
Greater wax moth

Galleria mellonella, the greater wax moth or honeycomb moth, is a moth of the family Pyralidae. G. mellonella is found throughout the world. It is one of two species of wax moths, with the other being the lesser wax moth. G. mellonella eggs are laid in the spring, and they have four life stages. Males are able to generate ultrasonic sound pulses, which, along with pheromones, are used in mating. The larvae of G. mellonella are also often used as a model organism in research.

The greater wax moth is well known for its parasitization of honeybees and their hives. Because of the economic loss caused by this species, several control methods including heat treatment and chemical fumigants such as carbon dioxide have been used.

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Organism Image
Galleria mellonella
Image Credit
greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella) (Linnaeus) by Pest and Diseases Image Library, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License.
NameProgramDate Constructed
Galleria mellonella genome assembly ASM364042v2 (GCF_003640425.2)Chicago HiRiseNov 6th, 2019
NCBI Galleria mellonella Annotation Release 101NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation PipelineDec 19th, 2019
Functional annotation of NCBI Galleria mellonella Annotation Release 101AgBase functional annotation pipelineMar 11th, 2022
Assembly Stats
Contig N50
Scaffold N50
GC Content
Other Information
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