3. Rearing wax moths
Wax moth rearing methods are used in a variety of fields from molecular genetics and physiology to the simple production of wax moth larvae for reptile, bird food, and fish bait. Consequently, there are countless rearing methods available in the scientific literature as well as on hobbyist web sites, making it difficult to recognize a “standard” rearing method. Nevertheless, most rearing methods are very similar and share common components. We do our best to summarize a “standard” method for rearing greater wax moths. To begin a rearing programme, the initial moths can be obtained from infested honey bee colonies or purchased commercially. Outlined here is the general rearing method of wax moths with modifications for method improvement indicated where appropriate.