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A California scientist is tracking a parasite that turns bees into 'zombies'




HOMESTEAD, FL - APRIL 10:  Honey bees are seen at the J & P Apiary and Gentzel's Bees, Honey and Pollination Company on April 10, 2013 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
HOMESTEAD, FL - APRIL 10: Honey bees are seen at the J & P Apiary and Gentzel's Bees, Honey and Pollination Company on April 10, 2013 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Maybe call them the "Flying Dead" of the insect world: A parasite is making honey bees act like zombies.

The so-called "zombie bees" caught the attention of entomologist John Hafernik at San Francisco State University a couple years ago. He has since been leading a citizen scientist effort, dubbed ZomBee Watch, to track the strange phenomenon across the country.

John Hafernik  joined host A Martinez to tell more about how the parasite, and how its impacting the already-suffering population of honey bees in the United States.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above.