Nature continues to be one tough town.
""Zombie" Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees"
"The parasitic fly lays eggs in a bee’s abdomen. Several days later, the parasitized bee bumbles out of the hives often at night on a solo mission to nowhere. These bees often fly toward light and wind up unable to control their own bodies. After a bee dies, as many as 13 fly larvae crawl out from the bee’s neck. The bees’ behavior seems similar to that of ants that are parasitized and then decapitated from within by other fly larvae from the Apocephalus genus.
“When we observed the bees for some time the ones that were alive we found that they walked in circles, often with no sense of direction,” Andrew Core, a graduate student who works with Hafernik and a co-author on the new paper, said in a prepared statement, describing them as behaving “something like a zombie.” (Read about other parasites that turn their hosts into zombies in the article “Zombie Creatures.”)"
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Another lovely day in the neighborhood...
And once again fact proves to be more interesting and fascinating than fiction or any hollywood plot. Great post
by doozledog7 years ago
Is there anyone who can move a bee nest without killing them. It is huge - it is in the cavity...of an old stone building - honey is dripping into the room on the ground floor and there are thousands of them????
by Les Trois Chenes6 years ago
What is the connection between bees and angels?
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