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Doctors remove bees living in woman’s eyes

A Taiwanese woman gong by the name He took herself to a hospital after complaining of a swollen eye, she expected a simple treatment for infection. Instead the 29 year old woman was horrified when the discovered four bees living under her eyelids, feasting on her tears.

Doctors described the incident “world’s first” after successfully extracting the four sweat bees alive from He’s tear ducts.

The hospital’s head of ophthalmology Dr. Hung Chi-ting said “I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies.”




He had been tending to her family member’s grave and was pulling out weeds when she felt something go into her eye. Presuming it was soil, she washed it out with water but by night it had begun to swell up and she felt a sharp stinging pain under her eyelid.

The next morning when she went to the hospital, her doctor Hung looked at He’s eye through a microscope, he saw the tiny legs of the bees wriggling in her ducts, where they were feeding off the moisture and salt of her tears.

Since He did not rub her eyes, her eyesight and the bees lives were saved said the doctor.



The small bees, known as Halictidae or “sweat bees”, are attracted to human perspiration and are found all over the world. They are not usually aggressive and sting only if touched. Hung told the press conference that sweat bees commonly nest in the mountains and near graves which explained how they had come into contact with He.


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