A technique was developed to mass rear the greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella, economically (ca. 0.2 cents per larva exclusive of 3-5 h of labor costs per week). Mortality in the egg and early larval stages was ca. 48% whereas in later larval and pupal stages it was ca. 10% and 27% respectively. With a fecundity of 650-1120 eggs per female, and notwithstanding the high egg and early larval mortality, the procedure easily provides a self-sustaining culture with high yields of all stages.
Mohamed, M. A. and Coppel, H. C.
"Mass Rearing of the Greater Wax Moth, Galleria Mellonella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), for Small-Scale Laboratory Studies,"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 16
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol16/iss4/7