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

Sweat bee | Andre Skonieczny  imageBROKER  REX  Shutterstock

Sweat bee | Andre Skonieczny imageBROKER REX Shutterstock

When He visited the hospital the next morning, Dr Hung suspected she had an infection, but discovered the tiny legs of the bees wriggling in her tear ducts when inspected under through a microscope. In the video, it can be seen the bees entered her eye while she was pulling out weeds from near a relative's grave. She went to the hospital three hours after the incident in agony.

Because it felt like dirt or sand in her eye, the woman said she tried to flush it out with water but was unsuccessful.

As per Asia One reports that the doctors, however, managed to extract all the four bees from her eye socket. According to Asia One, that something ended up being four sweat bees. Sweat bees sting, but their stings are not as painful as honey bee stings. They are known to "nest near graves and in fallen trees, so it's easy to come across them while hiking in mountains", said Hong. "I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg", Dr Hong, an ophthalmology professor at the hospital told the BBC. As the Canadian Wildlife Federation notes, sweat bees can be identified by their bright metallic green or blue colour. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, sweat bees - also known as Halictidae - are small but not aggressive.

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Doctors said the woman, who was diagnosed with cellulitis and corneal erosion caused by the bees, was smart to seek medical help as soon as she did.

The bees are still alive and have been sent to another organization so they can be studied.

Ms He has now been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

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

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