Beetle larvae cooperate to mimic bees

  title={Beetle larvae cooperate to mimic bees},
  author={John E. Hafernik and Leslie S Saul-Gershenz},
The life cycles of parasites often involve complex behavioural and morphological adaptations in order to find a host. Here we report a remarkable mode of host-finding by the blister beetle Meloe franciscanus, in which young larvae aggregate together on vegetation to mimic the appearance of a female bee, luring male bees to land on them and collect the aggregation as a unit for transmitting to females during real matings. Although cooperative behaviour is common among highly social insects… CONTINUE READING
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