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Zombie bees

An increasing number of bees in Seattle are falling victim to a parasitic fly that causes them to fly at night, lurch around erratically and lash out violently. First discovered in 2008 by San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik, the parasitic flies that infect the Zombie bees have a life cycle reminiscent of the movie Alien

A small adult female Zombie fly will land on the back of a honeybee and inject its eggs into the abdomen. The eggs then hatch into maggots, which eat the bee from the inside out. After eating their host the maggots form a hard outer shell. Three to four weeks later a new adult fly will emerge.

Zombie bees have been found in Oregon and South Dakota, but this is the first time they’ve been discovered in Seattle. “I joke with my kids that the zombie apocalypse is starting at my house,” explained Mark Hohn, the novice beekeeper who discovered the infected bees at his suburban home.

That got me thinking: what would you prefer to face, a Zombie-Human apocalypse or a Zombie-Bee apocalypse? Leave your thoughts below.

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2 comments on “Zombie bees

  1. Torre DeRoche (@FearfulGirl)
    October 16, 2012

    Zombie bees for sure. I’d rather fight death with a can of DEET spray than with guns and ammo.

    • Christian White
      October 16, 2012

      Haha! True. Although I drove through a swarm of bees recently. It was terrifying.

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