Bees that drink human tears

Image of bees in eye.

TBR Editor: That story this morning about the Taiwanese woman with sweat bees in her eye seemed strange indeed. But the smart folks at The Bees in Your Backyard and Ethnobeeology have shed some light on the matter: “These were not Halictidae sweat bees as people are assuming but tiny tropical Meliponine stingless bees.” Check out this 2009 paper from JSTOR or page 132 of The Bees in Your Backyard book for more info.