Is the bee louse Braula coeca (Diptera) using chemical camouflage to survive within honeybee colonies?

  title={Is the bee louse Braula coeca (Diptera) using chemical camouflage to survive within honeybee colonies?},
  author={S. Martin and Joe Bayfield},
  • S. Martin, Joe Bayfield
  • Published 2014
  • Biology
  • Chemoecology
  • The bee louse Braula coeca is a highly specialised flattened, wingless fly that spends its entire adult life on adult honeybees. It feeds by stealing food directly from bees during social feeding (trophallaxis). The Braula fly has a preference to infest the honeybee queen. The queen is the most attended individual in the colony but despite this the adult flies remain undetected by the workers. This is due to Braula possessing a cuticular hydrocarbon profile that mirrors that of their host… CONTINUE READING
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