Bee louse, bee fly, braulid, Braula coeca Nitzsch (Insecta: Diptera: Braulidae)
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Ellis, James D., and C.M. Zettel Nalen. 2010. “Bee Louse, Bee Fly, Braulid, Braula Coeca Nitzsch (Insecta: Diptera: Braulidae): EENY472/IN845, 4/2010”. EDIS 2010 (2). Gainesville, FL.


EENY472, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by James D. Ellis and C.M. Zettel Nalen, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes this wingless fly that lives as a commensalist in western honeybee colonies — distribution, description, life cycle and behavior and management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, April 2010.

EENY472/IN845: Bee Louse, Bee Fly, Braulid, Braula coeca Nitzsch (Insecta: Diptera: Braulidae) (
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