Bees found living in Taiwanese woman's eye, eating her tears

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The doctors at the Fooyin University Hospital were shocked to find those bees were feeding on her tears.

The next day, however, Ms He found her eye swollen and went to the hospital.

But nope. It was bees.

Dr. Hung Chi-ting, head of Fooyin University Hospital's ophthalmology department, said in a press conference on April 4 that when he examined He, he "saw something that looked like insect legs" in her eye.

Taiwanese news agency CTS says the woman sought medical assistance for a swollen left eye a few hours after she felt something enter her eye while she was tending to a relative's grave. Again, no, it was bees. She felt something go in her eye, but shrugged it off thinking it must be dirt.

Sweat bees are drawn to moisture and salt, which can be found in human perspiration and tears.

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"I grabbed the leg and very slowly took one out, then I saw another one, and another and another". She is expected to make a full recovery post bee removal. He, was visiting the gravesite of a family member during the country's annual tomb-sweeping festival. The insects had made a new home inside the woman's eyelid - that is, until they were all successfully removed alive.

In addition to needing pollen and nectar like other bees, Shelomi said, sweat bees, which are dark-colored and metallic, will occasionally need salt to supplement their diet.

While there are more than 1,000 species of sweat bees in the United States, Canada and Central America, according to Terminix, they are nearly painless, and only sting when they are provoked.

Pictures of the bees were shown on Taiwanese TV.

Halictidae or "sweat bees" are found all over the world. She was lucky that she did not rub her eyes, Hung added, as that would have squashed the bees and potentially blinded the eye.

"They are still alive, they've been sent as specimens to another organisation and will be studied".

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