Doctors Discover Four Bees Living Under Woman's Eye, Feeding On Her Tears

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"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.

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.

According to a report in Independent UK, the 29-year-old Taiwanese woman, identified only by her surname, He, went to the hospital with a swollen eye to find four bees living inside her eye. "I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg". The insects had made a new home inside the woman's eyelid - that is, until they were all successfully removed alive. 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.

Dr Hung was reportedly successful in removing the four sweat bees alive from Ms He's eye.

According to pest control company Terminix, sweat bees are tiny creatures, typically ranging from 0.125 to 0.5 inches in length.

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The bees, known as Halictidae, but more commonly known as "sweat bees" as attracted to human perspiration and can be found all over the world.

The doctor believes that the fact the woman was wearing contact lenses saved her from potentially going blind. On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale of relative agony caused by sawflies, wasps, bees and ants, the sweat bee comes in at the lowest level of pain.

Sweat bees have short tongues, which come in handy for lapping up human sweat and has earned them their name.

Speaking with the BBC, Hong said he suspected a gust of wind must have blown the bees into her eyes, becoming stuck, adding He was "lucky" to not have rubbed her eyes.

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