Zombie Honeybees Found in California

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Laine Doss
Zombie bees found in California could provide clues to colony collapse disorder.
It may sound like some truly bad straight-to-DVD movie, but Scientific American is reporting the discovery of zombie honeybees in Northern California, which may provide a clue in the search behind colony collapse disorder.

A research article recently published in Plos One, a peer-reviewed science site, stated that the parasitic phorid fly was found to be using honeybees as parasitic hosts, laying eggs inside the bees.


The parasitized bees started to act strange -- venturing out of their hives at night and moving in aimless circles -- like zombies -- before eventually dying.

In a further creepy note, according to the Plos One article, "seven days later up to 13 phorid larvae emerge from each dead bee and pupate away from the bee."

Scientists at San Francisco State University are looking into this phenomenon further and plan to track bees with radio tags and video cameras to see how many bee colonies are being affected.  It's estimated that up to 77 percent of bee colonies in the San Francisco Bay area are being infiltrated by the phorid fly.

Honeybees are natural pollinators and are crucial to farmers. In recent years, the honeybee population has been decreasing due to colony collapse disorder (CCD). According to the EPA, colony collapse disorder's cause could be from pesticides, stress, or pests. Research into the phorid fly could provide additional clues to understand and ultimately stop CCD.


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11 comments
Floater
Floater

Actually you could say that they are near death and acting weird as a zombie would. Sort of a near zombie experience, eh?

Ben Dee
Ben Dee

What a goofy article.  The bees aren't flying around dead.  They are being eaten by parasites and acting weird, then dying - and NOT flying around like zombies.  So, the opposite of zombies. 

Beast
Beast

Whatever it is it's BEE-utiful!

robohobo
robohobo

I'm fairly certain that's an American Hover Fly, not a bee.

Yak
Yak

Of course that's a bee, a honey bee you dolt!

Кабель HDMI
Кабель HDMI

Are they talking about Los Angeles? Because the entire city is full of zombies in all shapes, sizes and species...

vantheman
vantheman

That's not a picture of a bee.

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hengdoo
hengdoo

Oh my Gawd that is so so sad. Poor bees. www.Total-Privacy dot US

chotiius
chotiius

So basically, this is something like the zombie apocalypse we've all been warned about, only not exactly because they're not zombies and it's not the apocalypse (yet)?

Notabee
Notabee

That is not a bee... That is a hoverfly.

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