Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Doctors find bees in Taiwanese woman's eye, feeding on her tears

Doctors find bees in Taiwanese woman's eye, feeding on her tears

A Taiwan woman suffering from a swollen eye went to a hospital where doctors found four minuscule bees living under her eyelid.

The woman, He, who was referred to by her surname only, had been tending to a family member's grave and was pulling out weeds when she felt something go into her eye, CTS News reported. "I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg".

According to reports by Liberty Times, the woman, who is in her 20s, was at a rural part of the island country to maintain her ancestor's gravesite, and felt what she thought was sand being blown into her eyes by a gust of wind.

Dr Huang explained to reporters that even though sweat bees do not attack people, they are attracted to the perspiration of humans. They are commonly found near graves and in mountains. She was lucky that she did not rub her eyes, Hung added, as that would have squashed the bees and potentially blinded the eye.

The bees are not normally aggressive and only sting if touched, but once the stinger pierces the skin, it will continue to pump out venom until it is removed.

Physicians in Taiwan came upon an unusual case recently when a Taiwanese woman was found to have four sweat bees feeding off her tear ducts
Doctors discover four live bees feeding on tears inside woman's eye

But both she and doctors were left gobsmacked after the live insects were discovered in her tear duct. According to Asia One, that something ended up being four sweat bees. However, the rinse did not work and by nightfall, the eye was swollen and marked with stinging pain underneath her eyelid.

Insect legs were wiggling from one of her eye sockets.

Having four bees in your eye sounds revolting, but Dr. Hong said the situation could have been much worse. The bees are also still alive, Hung told the BBC, and will now be studied.

It is believed they drink tears for their high protein content in addition to, or in lieu of pollen, rather than only for salts and water. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".

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