Scientists say the fly deposits its eggs into the bee's abdomen, causing the infected bee to exhibit zombie-like behavior by walking around in circles with no apparent sense of direction. The bee leaves the hive at night and dies shortly thereafter.Now before you start telling everyone to look out for the zombie bees, the scientists say they aren't sure if these parasitic flies are the primary cause of colony collapse disorder or part of a web of stressors that have brought about the crisis.
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