Found, Alive, in Woman's Eye: 4 Bees

Minnie Murray
April 11, 2019

The bees were feeding on her tears.

According to CTS News, 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.

But nope. It was bees. Though she washed her eye with water, presuming it to be soil, later the eye began to swell up and she started to feel pain under her eyelid. Again, no, it was bees.

The insects, identified as sweat bees, don't usually attack people but are attracted to human perspiration.

Be warned: the photo below is not for the faint of heart.

Doctors also say if the woman delayed in seeking medical care, the woman might have to lose her eye.

Dr Hong added that the bees could have been blown inside her eye by a gust of wind and found themselves stuck inside. Pest control company Orkin says the salt and moisture of sweat helps them supplement their diets of pollen and nectar.


Insect legs were wiggling from one of her eye sockets.

"Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life", Hung told reporters.

All four bees were reportedly removed alive from He's eyes, and He appears fully recovered, Asia One reported. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported.

Doctors at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital were shocked at what they found to be the cause of the woman's eye inflammation: Bees.

If you thought multiple bees flying around you were bad, just imagine having them inside your eyelid.

She is now on her way to making a full recovery and will likely be wearing goggles at the next visit to her relative's grave, per Dr.

"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", the doctor said.

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