'Zombie bees' reported in Kent, first in Washington

'Zombie bees' reported in Kent, first in Washington

'Zombie bees' reported in Kent, first in Washington

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

SEATTLE - Zombie bees have been reported in Washington.

Novice beekeeper Mark Hohn in Kent found that his bees are infected with a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/ji7UNX ) it's the first time the infected bees have been found in the state, according to tracking by San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik through his website ZombeeWatch.org.

It's another problem for bees that are needed to pollinate crops.

The zombie bees also are being studied Steve Sheppard, chairman of the entomology department at Washington State University.

Zombie Watch says you can get involved by collecting honey bees that are under your porch light in the morning, under a street light or stranded on sidewalks.

To test for the presence of Zombie Fly infection all you need to do is put honey bees you collect in a container and observe them periodically. Infected honey bees give rise to brown pill-like fly pupae in about a week and to adult flies a few weeks later.

Resources

Detailed ZomBee Watch map

Join the project

ZomBee Watch on Facebook

 

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