Vermont is already lost to us. We need to send in a nuke NOW!
But… all those innocent people!
Damnit man, it’s for the greater good! There’s a “zombee” outbreak!! Oh no! "Not the bees!!"
Vermont beekeepers already have enough hardship when it comes to facing wild temperature swings, colony collapse, and mite infestations, but now the latest hurdle they must cross is…. Zombie bees. Zombees.
This is the first instance of a zombie bee infection in the Eastern U.S. of A., but luckily, these aren’t magical undead bees from hell, they’re just full of fly (Apocephalus borealis) larva!
Super super super gross!
These bees suffer neurological damage as the flies grow and begin to make erratic jerky movements and go out at night, which bees basically never do. They tend to die in a matter of hours so at least they don’t suffer long.
Problem is, the flies used to only infect bumblebees but now… they’ve moved onto honey bees!!
Oh noes! What will we put on our peanut butter sandwiches?? JELLY?!
Hmm, we guess that works. But bees support agriculture and a mass wipe out of bees would have a far reaching effect.
Let’s hope science finds a way to defeat these zombees! (Without resorting to a thermobaric doomsday device.)
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