04 Jan '12, 9pm

As if bees aren't facing enough challenges. Now they have to resist suicidal Zombees! #bees #ccd

As if bees aren't facing enough challenges. Now they have to resist suicidal Zombees! #bees #ccd

Bees are usually among the most orderly and industrious species on the planet -- but that sense of teamwork quickly goes out the window when they turn into mindless, suicidal zombies. Researchers in the Bay Area say they've discovered one reason why bees in the region may be experiencing Colony Collapse Disorder -- the presence of a tiny parasitic fly that causes otherwise straight-laced honeybees to lose control and ultimately take their own lives. "It's the flight of the living dead," says one researcher. Researchers from San Francisco State say that a majority of the hives they examined in the region were impacted by the parasitic insect, which could be responsible for an overall decline in honeybee numbers. The small flies, Apocephalus borealis, are said to lay their eggs on the abdomen of bees, meanwhile chemically altering their behavior -- turning them into 'the liv...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/parasite-found...

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