Deadly Parasite Turns Honey Bees Into Zombies

Mercury News    (1/03/12)

Is it a trailer for a horror flick? Or is the parasite the reason for the devastating honey bee population drop in recent years? Scientists believe they have found a parasite that causes honey bees to abandon their hives, lose their sense of reality, and rush towards bright lights in a suicidal frenzy.

The new study by San Francisco State University researchers has discovered this anomaly that causes bees to become zombie-like. Biology professor John Hafernick, lead investigator and president of the California Academy of Sciences states that tiny flies have deposited eggs into the bees’ abdomen. In a “drunken stupor” the honey bees walk in circles, lose their sense of direction and their legs become paralyzed.

Hafernick stated, “They (the infected bees) kept stretching them (their legs) out and then fell over.. It really painted a picture of something like a zombie.” Read more: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/11218657-deadly-parasite-turns-honeybees-into-zombies