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Tiny Sweat Bees Found Living in Woman's Eye...Shudder

Doctors treating Ms. He, a Taiwanese woman, for a swollen eye were shocked to find four tiny sweat bees living under her left eyelid.

"I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging things inside," Hung Chi-ting, the head of the ophthalmology department at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital, told reporters at a news conference.

Sweat bees, also known as halictidae, "nest near graves and in fallen trees, so it's easy to come across them while hiking in mountains," Dr. Hung explained. They grow to about 3 to 4 millimeters.

According to CTS, a CNN affiliate, the woman said she thinks the insects blew into her eye at a relative's grave site when she visited it with her family. She washed her eyes with water but kept experiencing severe pain. Thankfully, she came to the hospital early and is expected to make a full recovery.

Read the article and see the video of the bees in her eye at CNN.

Image Credit: CTS/CNN


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I'm just hoping I don't have dreams about them tonight!They are pretty common in North America too. Might want to wear protective goggles if doing any yard work ;^}
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