In a news broadcast uploaded to YouTube on April 3, a CTS reporter said that the 29-year-old Taiwanese woman named He went to Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan after experiencing severe pain in her eye.
But both He's eyesight, and the lives of the bees, were saved by the fact she had not rubbed her eyes. She is expected to make a full recovery.
The insects turned out to be something called sweat bees, a lesser known (and typically harmless) species. He was participating in the annual Chinese tomb-sweeping festival Qing Ming, in which next of kin clean the graves of their deceased loved ones.
Sweat bees could sneak their way into your eyes and survive off liquid produced from your tear ducts.
A woman came to doctors complaining of pain in her swollen left eye.
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In addition to needing pollen and nectar like other bees, Shelomi said, sweat bees, which are dark-colored and metallic, will occasionally need salt to supplement their diet. "Tears wouldn't stop coming out of my eye", she said.
And if you thought "living off her tears" sounded like Evanescence lyrics, the weeding the woman was doing? Hung said they are attracted to human perspiration and are often found near graves, which is where he suggested the woman contracted the unwanted visitors in her eye.
Pictures of the bees were shown on Taiwanese TV.
The bees were extracted alive from her eyes.
"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", he added.