Braula fly

Braula fly

Photo by Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria, PADIL

  • Braula fly live in honey bee colonies, attached to the honey bee’s mouth where it feeds on nectar and pollen
  • Has a preference for attaching itself to queen bees which can decrease the efficiency and egg laying capability of queen bees
  • Braula fly larvae tunnel under honey cappings which give honey comb cappings a fractured appearance
  • Is only present in Tasmania and not on mainland Australia


Scientific name: Braula coeca
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Flies & Midges (DIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol