Doctors treating a Taiwanese woman found four tiny bees living under her left eyelid..
The insects turned out to be something called sweat bees, a lesser known (and typically harmless) species.
And get this, they were living off her tears.
Chi-ting says he would have had to remove the woman's eyeball to save her life if she waited any longer to undergo treatment. She has been discharged from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. "They were still intact and all alive", he said. In keeping with their name, not only are the bees attracted to pollen, they will feed on sweaty people and tears, often landing on humans to lick their sweat. However, the pain only grew worse, and by evening her eye was badly swollen and streaming with tears.
She was visiting the grave as part of the annual Chinese Qing Ming tomb-sweeping festival, which is traditionally observed by sprucing up loved ones' graves.
He's eyesight had been reduced to under 0.1, the equivalent of 20-200 vision on the Snellen eye chart measuring visual acuity, Hung told reporters.
Thinking it was only dirt, she cleaned her eye out with water and did not rub her eyes much for the rest of the day. "Thankfully she came to the hospital early", he said. 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'm sure the sweat bees got by the eye and got squished between the eye and eyelid. If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom ... she could have gone blind", Dr Hong told the BBC. They also live in the US, Canada and throughout Central America.
"She couldn't have asked for a better bee to sting her in her eye", Shelomi said. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this". "The bees will be fine", Shelomi stressed.
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The bees are still alive and have been sent to another organization so they can be studied.