Doctors find four bees living under woman's eyelid

A woman in Taiwan found out that she became part of a rare case-as she had four bees under her eye, which have been feeding on her tears to survive.

Dr. Hung Chi-ting, head of ophthalmology at Fooyin University Hospital, reportedly said that "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". As the name implies, sweat bees are often attracted to perspiration and have been known to feed on human teardrops due to their high protein content.

Hung said the woman was found to be suffering from bacterial skin infection cellulitis and severe corneal erosion.

"Tears wouldn't stop coming out of my eye", she said.

Pictures of the bees in Ms He's eye were shown on Taiwanese TV, after she and Dr Hung appeared to talk about the odd discovery. Thankfully the doctors removed the insects (who were slurping down on their host's tear ducts) and there seems to be no lasting damage to He, only to the sleeping patterns of everyone who hears about this story.

He yanked out a small bee, known as Halictidae or a "sweat bee".

Dr Hong told the BBC the discovery of the bees was a first for the country and the insects were still alive and being studied.

Hung regarded the case as a "world's first".

The woman had been visiting a relative's grave earlier that day.

She initially thought that it was just dust and did not rub her eyes, choosing instead to rinse them with clean water.

Ever see one of those I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant stories and think, "HOW?!" "They were still intact and all alive", he said. A study this month from the Kansas Entomological Society found that sweat bees also look to tears as a protein source. "I'm sure the sweat bees got by the eye and got squished between the eye and eyelid".

"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", he added. His work has appeared in outlets such as Esquire, the Atlantic, New York magazine and the Undefeated.


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