Problem with plastic – try a wax moth!
6 October 2022
On the 24th September a strange moth was trying to get into the house. It was daylight so this was odd. On looking closely, I discovered it was a Wax moth, Galleria mellonella which wasn’t too odd as my son is a beekeeper and there are bits of comb lying around. I since picked up on a story on Radio 4 detailing progress made in tackling plastic waste (even trying to recycle it is problematic). Dr Federica Bertocchini who leads on European research has found that the saliva of Wax moth caterpillars has enzymes that break down polyethylene waste. They are called wax worms and usually feed on honeycomb and are therefore considered a pest. Perhaps in the future this lowly creature could solve one of the worlds environmental issues? Full story here