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Happenings in the insect world
by Anne E. Schellman
on January 10, 2014 at 7:35 AM
Neat story! I'm curious to see what happens with the "zombees." Hard not to hope they are just fine...
by eileen landis
on July 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Observed 3 bumble bees disoriented, on the ground, midmorning, near a tree, going in circles, climbing then falling, up, down over and over again.
by Amber
on July 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM
My son said that there were a ton of bees walking around in circles at his store. Not flying. What could that mean.
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on August 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Amber, this could be from pesticide poisoning. Retired Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of UC Davis says: "Yes, they may have been exposed to sublethal doses of pesticides.  
But, usually there are individual differences on how they respond: trembling, twitching, walking around like drunks, buzzing on their backs, ground-jarring short flights into the ground, etc. I have not seen Zom-bees in person. They usually fall to the ground, perhaps crawl around a bit, but when the fly larvae crawl out through the "neck" the bees pretty much just drop dead. (Note: Bug Squad post on zombees at  
by Mackenzie McAlpin
on July 4, 2020 at 7:21 PM
It’s the 4th of July and it’s 10:20 pm in Philadelphia and 3 bumble bees are flying to the lights and not making much sense in flying! It’s sad cause it’s also a crazy night full of fireworks (annoying) anyway! This is wild and I hope these three gals make it through the night okay.
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