Wax moths, Galleria mellonella L. and Achroia grisella F. (Lepidoptera: Galleriidae) are one of the causes of absconding in honey bees. We in 2016 – 2017 conducted a survey of wax moth infestation in Indian honey bees, Apis cerana indica Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Tamil Nadu, in addition to a management study in Coimbatore and Trichy. The results indicated that all colonies in the surveyed districts had a wax moth infestation, more in the non-swarming season. Keeping over the wooden bottom board a screened bottom board sealed with a laminated white sheet in between the two boards was found to be significantly more effective in reducing wax moth infestation in A. cerana colonies. The need for wax moth monitoring and management in A. cerana colonies is discussed.
Key words : Wax moths, Apis cerana, screened bottom board, Tamil Nadu.