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

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

She washed her eyes with water but kept experiencing severe pain. While looking at He's eyes through a microscope, Hung Chi-ting, the hospital's head of ophthalmology, witnessed something he hadn't seen before.

The small bees, known as "Halictidae", are attracted to human perspiration. "I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg".

"She was wearing contact lenses so she didn't dare to rub her eyes in case she broke the lens", said Hong.

Sweat bees are incredibly small, which makes them hard for humans to notice as they fly around, according to Terminix. They are not usually aggressive and sting only if touched.

The insects were later identified as sweat bees, according to Asia One.


The pain did not lessen over the next three hours, forcing her to visit a hospital to get her eye checked. The insects had made a new home inside the woman's eyelid - that is, until they were all successfully removed alive.

He, was visiting the gravesite of a family member during the country's annual tomb-sweeping festival. She immediately sought medical help follwing her heavily swollen eye. Local media reported the woman said she was pulling weeds at the grave when something became stuck in her eye.

The miniscule insects, known as sweat bees, are 3 to 4 millimeters (0.12-0.16 inches) in length, according to CNN affiliate CTS. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom... she could have gone blind".

The bees are still alive and have been sent to another organization so they can be studied. Hung said that sweat bees commonly live in the mountains or near graves, which explained how they flew into the woman's eye.

The bees were extracted, and the woman is expected to make a full recovery. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".

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