Something is happening to honeybees! They are turning into zombie bees, or zombees.
There is a tiny fly that is injecting its eggs into the honeybee along with a parasite, and the parasite is taking over the honeybees’ behavior. The bees fly around erratically and walk around awkwardly. You can say that it is the flight of the living dead.
Scientists are asking all of us to look out for bees that act strangely and report these sitings on their website: Zombeewatch.org. If you see something, say something. So far zombie bees have been found on the west coast in California and Washington state and on the east coast in Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Honeybees are important to us because they pollenate many of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables we enjoy. Without honeybees, there would be no honey too. Americans eat over 400 million pounds of honey every year. If bees go away, we will need to eat foods that are wind pollenated like corn and wheat.
Honeybees make our lives a bit sweeter and here is one way all of us can help to keep them buzzing.