Zombie Bees Are Coming To Get You, Barbara!

Posted by on July 28, 2012

I don’t want to freak anybody out but, uh, Zombie Bees.

Apparently, honey bees in California and South Dakatoa are falling victim to a particular type of parasitizing fly, called Apocephalus borealis, which lays eggs in their bodies and causes them to wander away from their hives and, eventually, die.

Now, researchers wonder if this is contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder, or the disappearance of worker bees from colonies around the world (eventually leading to the collapse of the entire hive).

I Will Have My Vengeance

Want to do something about it? Want to take the fight back to those Apocephalus borealis jerkfaces? Well, now’s your chance to become an official zombie hunter.

A new “citizen science project” called Zombee Watch is asking for the help of people across North America to discover the true scope of this potentially devastating phenomenon.

They’ve set up a website with a ZomBee Infection Map, as well as tutorials on how you, too, can participate in the project.

Their fate is in your hands.

“Fly-parasitized honey bees become ‘ZomBees’ showing the ‘zombie-like behavior’ of leaving their hives at night on ‘a flight of the living dead.'” – ZomBee Watch

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.