Woman had four bees living inside eye and feeding on tears

Posted April 11, 2019

Doctors treating a 29-year-old Taiwanese woman for what they thought to be an eye infection were shocked to discover that the woman had four bees embedded in her eye socket and feeding from her tear ducts, Business Insider reported.

"I grabbed the leg and very slowly took one out, then I saw another one, and another and another".

Ophthalmologist Hong Chi Tang said he was surprised to find something alive in her eye. She washed her eyes with water but kept experiencing severe pain.

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The small bees, known as "Halictidae", are attracted to human perspiration. They mostly nest near graves and in fallen trees.

She is now on her way to making a full recovery and will likely be wearing goggles at the next visit to her relative's grave, per Dr. However, the pain persisted and by night time, she started tearing up and felt a sharp pain in her eye. They also drink tears for their high protein content, according to a study by the Kansas Entomological Society.

The tiny sweat bees had been surviving on her tear ducts, according to Taiwanese news channel CTS News. Fortunately, the woman recovered 80% of her vision after being hospitalised for five days.

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A metalic green sweat bee gathers pollen from a flower. According to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a sweat bee has the least painful sting of all stinging insects.

They have also been discovered to consume tears due to their high protein content, according to research by the Kansas Entomological Society.

Bees living in a woman's eye.

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He's eyesight and the bees' lives were said to be saved by the fact that she didn't rub her eyes, which is pretty incredible if you imagine how uncomfortable she must have been. The bees are also still alive, Hung told the BBC, and will now be studied. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".