Four Bees Found Living In Woman’s Eye, Surviving Off Her Tears

Erika Holt
April 11, 2019

A woman in Taiwan visited her doctor suffering from a painful, swollen eye. During a recent press conference, the woman explained that she began to feel off, as if she had gotten dirt or sand in her left eye, as she was clearing the gravesite of weeds.

When Dr Hung looked at He's eye through a microscope, he spotted tiny legs of the bees in her ducts and feeding off the moisture and salt of her tears.

In what is described as a "world's first", doctors from Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan managed to extract four bees from her eye socket. According to a report in Independent UK, the 29-year-old Taiwanese woman, identified only by her surname, He, went to the hospital with a swollen eye to find four bees living inside her eye.

And get this, they were living off her tears.

Seeking medical attention after hours of agony, He went to a hospital in southern Taiwan the next morning in which doctors made the surprising discovery.

Sweat bees have short tongues, which come in handy for lapping up human sweat and has earned them their name.

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"So I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies".

While there are more than 1,000 species of sweat bees in the United States, Canada and Central America, according to Terminix, they are nearly painless, and only sting when they are provoked.

A study this month from the Kansas Entomological Society found that sweat bees also look to tears as a protein source.

Halictidae, also known as "sweat bees" is found all over the world and are attracted to human perspiration. Her eyesight was saved by the fact that she had not rubbed her eyes. A sting usually only occurs if one of the bees is pressed against the skin. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom... she could have gone blind".

"Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life".

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