Daily Archives: October 9, 2015

Zombees!

One of the underlying themes in The Symbiont Factor is that of parasitic or symbiont influences on host behavior. I gave an example of a parasite that attacks bees and makes them do their bidding, as well as the rather famous example of Toxoplasma gondii which infects rats and makes them attracted to cats to complete its life cycle. Well, it looks like the ZomBees have made the news! Here’s an article about the issue, and how it makes the bees abandon their hive. http://phys.org/news/2015-10-zombee-scientists-track-honeybee-killer.html