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Could University Place Have The Second Confirmed Zombie Bee Case In Western Washington?

According to Patch Facebook user and hobbyist bee keeper Larry Golden, that is the case. The website Zombeewatch.org confirmed it, Golden tells us.

Just in time for Halloween, University Place might have its own set of infected zombies.

A University Place man tells Patch that he has discovered the second "Zombie Bee" in Western Washington.

UP Patch Facebook user Larry Golden broke the news today on our page.

Being a hobbyist bee keeper in UP, I have the second, soon-to-be confirmed case of the Zombie Bee in Western Washington.

He added that the website, Zombeewatch.org confirmed the case Monday.

The photos that I sent them verified the larvae and pupae. I have a really cool video of the larvae moving around and a good macro shot too.

Zombies are scary. And for anyone who has watched the movie "Dawn of the Dead" or played the video game "Resident Evil," Rule No. 1 is to run like crazy when you spot anyone or anything exhibiting zombie-like symptons.

But Zombie bees might not strike the kind of fear an un-dead human might. Instead of hunting for brains, a parasite causes them to fly erratically, in circles almost, at night, around lights before they drop dead.

The first case in Western Washington was discovered in September by a beekeeper in Kent. There are other cases under sampling in Washington state, according to the website, Zombeewatch.org.

And if what Golden is reporting is true, it will be another feather in UP's cap. Roundabouts, rolling links and zombie bees, oh my!

Akiko Oda October 09, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Eek, is this any way connected to the warmer temperatures this fall?
Howard and Barbara Lee October 09, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Just when you think it couldn't get worse and now we have zombies in UP! What's next, fiscal responsibility??? Only joking:)
shannon October 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Weird...... my question does it sting people and is there any crazy adverse sideeffects if it does? Between this and the trantula hawks I am getting quite creeped out by the bugs.
specialiiis October 09, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I live in the Harbor, in summer of 2004 we had hundreds of Bee's drawn to the side of our house, our cars, garbage cans, then they just died. All the Bee's had a light tent of orange color. It was very warm at the time, and we had just finished painting our house. We thought at the time maybe the paint had drawn them. After hearing about the zombie bees, I'm sure now, that's what had happened to these bee's.

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