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Bee That Was Looking for Love Ends Up Wearing a 'Vest' of Parasitic Beetle Larvae
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Known as triungulins, the beetle larvae attract male bees with a chemical signal that mimics the sex pheromones emitted by female bees. To ensure their success, populations of these parasites fine-tune their chemistry and behavior to appeal to different types of bees, depending on where the beetles live and which types of bees are closest to them, according to a new study. When a blister beetle larva hatches, it has a lot of company. read more


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