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Beelouse

Scientific Name
Braula coeca
Scientific Author
Nitzsch
Taxonomy
(Diptera: Braulidae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
The beelouse has eye rudiments just above the antennae seen as pale spots on the cuticle surface surrounded by more darkly pigmented chitinous rings. There is no trace of wings or halteres. The tarsi are 5-segmented; each terminal joint contains a comb-like structure, divided in the middle, with a variable number of teeth. The combs allow Braula to cling tightly to the host.
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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
25/01/2006 04:16 AEST
Last Updated
08/04/2010 16:50 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) Beelouse (Braula coeca) Updated on 4/8/2010 4:50:12 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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