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Zombie-like honeybees infested by fly parasite.

Potential threat to colonies across North America

A fly parasite that latches onto honeybees causing them to abandon their hives and die after a bout of disoriented zombie-like behaviour could be a potential threat to honeybee colonies across North America, according to researchers at San Francisco State University.

Studying the phenomenon may help scientists learn about colony collapse disorder (CCD), SF State biology professor John Hafernik wrote in the journal PLoS ONE published Tuesday.

 

 

So far, the fly parasite called Apocephalus borealis has only been found in honeybee hives in California and South Dakota. The fly deposits its eggs into a bee's abdomen. After being parasitized by the fly, the bees abandon their hives to congregate near lights.

 

Check out the full CBC article here