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‘Infection’ In Woman’s Eye Turned Out To Be Live Bees Feeding On Her Tears

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In perhaps the creepiest news we’ve heard all year, a woman who went to the doctor regarding an ‘infection’ in her eye was shocked to find out that it was actually live bees.

Taiwanese news channel CTS reported that Doctors there were treating a woman with an ‘eye infection’ when they realised that the truth was far worse than they ever imagined.

Underneath the 29-year-old’s swollen eyelids, they found bees feeding on her tear ducts. They were later identified as sweat bees, reports Asia One.

During a press conference, the hospital’s head of ophthalmology, Dr Hung Chi-ting, said: “I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies.”

According to him, the woman said that she assumed that sand or dirt had gotten into her eye, so she cleaned her eye with water at the time. However, she started experiencing a ‘stinging pain’ and her eye was always filling up with water.


Dr Huang explained to reporters that even though sweat bees do not attack people, they are attracted to the sweat of humans.

Luckily for her, the bee were removed and the doctor made sure he didn’t rub her eyes excessively. According to Apple Daily Taiwan, this could have worsened the state of her inflamed cornea, or could have even led to blindness.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, sweat bees — also known as Halictidae — are small but not aggressive.

But they are attracted to perspiration, and have a tendency to land on humans to ‘obtain moisture and salts from their sweat’, the department said. Nice.

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