Parasitic Flies Turning Bees Into Zombees-Are We Next

Parasitic fly is wrecking havoc on the bee population.

Most of us only regard bees as pesky flying insects, who threaten us with pain and suffering, if we encounter them. Although this may be true in some cases, nature has declared the bee as a highly valuable part of our existence. Almost 1 out of every 3 meals we eat, is the result of what bees do. If we lost our bee population the world's food supply would be drastically reduced.

San Francisco State University professor John Hafernik has been observing the peculiar behavior of what he calls “zombees” since publishing a study on them in 2012.

The main cause of the bees getting infected is caused by a tiny fly called the Phorid, and the behavior of this fly is akin to something out of a sci-fi horror movie.

Parasitic Flies Turning Bees Into Zombees-Are We Next
The tiny Phorid fly injects its eggs into the honey bee’s abdomen, where they hatch and begin to eat the bee alive from the inside. After death, the flies then crawl out of the bee's neck.

Parasitic Flies Turning Bees Into Zombees-Are We Next
The bees that are parasitized essentially get bee insomnia. They leave their hives at night, which is a really bad time for honey bees to be leaving their hives,” Hafernik explained. “Bees that fly away at night basically are on a flight of the living dead. They’re not coming back.

If we don't find a solution to this problem soon, we will have to BEE prepared for the worse.