‘Zombie’ bees found on East Coast

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Honeybees are being infected with parasites turning them into “zombies.”

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Zombie bees isn’t the latest AMC Series or the sequel to “SharkNado.”

Zombie bees are for real and were found last summer in Burlington, VT, ABC News reported. A farmer found the carcasses of healthy bees with symptoms of the zombie bee present.

First spotted on the West Coast in 2009, zombie bees begin their lives as generic honeybees that farmers tend to for honey and pollination. Enter a parasitic fly called Apocephalus borealis which lays eggs inside the healthy bees and leads to imminent death for the bees. Once the bees die, the parasitic larva crawls out of the bodies of the bees.

John Hafernick, a professor of biology at San Francisco State University and his team verified the situation in Vermont.

“They fly around in a disoriented way, get attracted to light, and then fall down and wander around in a way that’s sort of reminiscent of zombies in the movies,” Hafernik told ABC News. “Sometimes we’ve taken to calling [it], when they leave their hives, ‘the flight of the living dead.’”

The professor accidentally discovered this strain of bee in 2008 in California.

“It’s sort of a combination of zombies and aliens mixed together,” he said.

But the professor calms any fears of hysteria, saying there’s no threat of an invasion anytime soon.

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