Some of the scientists investigating the mysterious honeybee die-offs suspect zombie bees, bees that are being mind-controlled by parasitic scuttle fly maggots. Unlike human zombies, bee zombies (or, inevitably, "zombees") do not have telltale tattered clothes or dark eye makeup. So in order to tell whether they're dealing with bees or zombees, researchers are affixing the little guys with miniature radio trackers.
Here's how the zombee nonsense started: Last year, while San Francisco State scientist John Hafernik was looking for dead bugs to feed insects, he discovered some maggot-infested bee carcasses under a streetlight. (Picking up dead bugs that are crawling with live bugs: just a small part of the glamorous life of a scientist.) This was odd, because bees don't generally leave their hives at night. Hafernik got to thinking: Why were these bees behaving so out of character? Could it be that the maggots were not only infesting the poor bees, they were controlling their minds as well?