SEATTLE (September 24, 2012)--Washington State has its first zombie bees after novice beekeeper Mark Hohn in Kent found his bees infected with a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die.
It’s first time the bee infection has been found in the state, according to tracking by San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik through his website ZombeeWatch.org.
Zombie bees were first discovered in California in 2008.
Bee populations already have been dropping in recent years because of another ailment called Colony Collapse Disorder, in which all the adult honeybees in a colony suddenly die.
Steve Sheppard, chairman of the entomology department at Washington State University, is also studying zombie bees closely.