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A New Threat to Honey Bees, the Parasitic Phorid Fly Apocephalus borealis

  • Andrew Core,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Charles Runckel,

    Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Jonathan Ivers,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Christopher Quock,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Travis Siapno,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Seraphina DeNault,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Brian Brown,

    Affiliation: Entomology Section, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Joseph DeRisi,

    Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Christopher D. Smith,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • John Hafernik mail

    acore13@yahoo.com

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Published: January 03, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0029639

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 06 Jan 2012 at 19:27 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: San Jose Mercury News
Title: “Deadly parasite turns Bay Area honeybees into zombie slaves - San Jose Mercury News”
http://www.mercurynews.co...

Publication: SF Bay
Title: “Infected 'zombie' bees buzzing around Bay - SFBay”
http://sfbay.ca/2012/01/0...

Publication: Press Association UK
Title: “The Press Association: Parasitic fly linked to bee losses”
http://www.google.com/hos...

Publication: KQED News
Title: “Parasite Fly Turns Bay Area Honeybees Into 'Zombies' | KQED News Fix”
http://blogs.kqed.org/new...

Publication: io9
Title: “Parasitic flies turn bees into zombies before wiping them out completely”
http://io9.com/5872558/pa...

Publication: ABC News KGO
Title: “Passing observation leads to unintentional bee discovery | abc7news.com”
http://abclocal.go.com/kg...

Publication: CBS News WFMY
Title: “Parasite Turning California Honey Bees Into Zombies | digtriad.com”
http://www.digtriad.com/n...

Publication: Telegraph
Title: “Bees turned into 'zombies' by parasitic fly - Telegraph”
http://www.telegraph.co.u...

Publication: Discover Magazine blogs
Title: “Parasitic fly spotted in honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine”
http://blogs.discovermaga...

Publication: Sciencemag.org
Title: “Parasitic Fly Dooms Bees to Death by Maggots - ScienceNOW”
http://news.sciencemag.or...

Publication: Eureka Alert
Title: “Deadly fly parasite spotted for first time in honey bees”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: Live Science
Title: “Fly Parasite Turns Honeybees Into Zombies | LiveScience”
http://www.livescience.co...

Publication: Scientific American Blogs
Title: “Zombie' Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network”
http://blogs.scientificam...

Publication: Earth Times
Title: “Honey bee wipeout may be caused by phorid fly | Nature | The Earth Times”
http://www.earthtimes.org...

Publication: Mercury News
Title: “Study: Parasitic fly could explain bee die-off - San Jose Mercury News”
http://www.mercurynews.co...

Publication: CBC News
Title: “Zombie-like honeybees infested by fly parasite - Technology & Science - CBC News”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/te...

Publication: NPR
Title: “Study: Parasitic Fly Could Explain Bee Die-Off : NPR”
http://www.npr.org/2012/0...

Publication: Western Farm Press
Title: “Fly parasite not a major threat to honey bees | Management content from Western Farm Press”
http://westernfarmpress.c...

Publication: NBC Bay Area
Title: “Parasite Turns Honeybees Into Walking Zombies | NBC Bay Area”
http://www.nbcbayarea.com...

Publication: International Business Times Australia
Title: “Fly Turns Honeybees into Zombies, 'Aliens' - International Business Times”
http://au.ibtimes.com/art...

Publication: Global Post
Title: “Parasitic flies may be responsible for colony collapse disorder in bees, study shows | GlobalPost”
http://www.globalpost.com...

Publication: Examiner.com
Title: “Zombie honeybees could be the doom bringers we've been waiting for - National Zombie | Examiner.com”
http://www.examiner.com/z...

Publication: UPI
Title: “Parasite may be behind beehive losses - UPI.com”
http://www.upi.com/Scienc...

Publication: All Voices
Title: “Zombie bees could point to decline in numbers”
http://www.allvoices.com/...

Publication: io9
Title: “Parasitic flies turn bees into zombies before wiping them out completely”
http://io9.com/5872558

Publication: The Daily Activist
Title: “The Daily Activist | Environment | ZomBEES!: Parasitic Fly Zombifies Bees”
http://www.thedailyactivi...

Publication: Decoded Science
Title: “Colony Collapse Disorder Caused by a Parasitic Fly?”
http://www.decodedscience...

Publication: Digital Journal
Title: “Study says parasite fly turns honeybees into zombies”
http://www.digitaljournal...

Publication: Environmental News Network
Title: “Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Study: Parasitic Fly to Blame for Honeybee Population Decline”
http://www.enn.com/wildli...

Publication: International Business Times
Title: “Zombie Bees: Impacts Third of U.S. Food Supply, May Explain Bee Die-off - International Business Times”
http://www.ibtimes.com/ar...

Publication: National Post
Title: “Honey bees turned into 'zombies' by parasite: study | News | National Post”
http://news.nationalpost....

Publication: New York Daily News
Title: “Parasitic fly hijacks bees and causes them to abandon hives, could explain colony collapse disorder: study - NY Daily News”
http://www.nydailynews.co...

Publication: Broward Palm Beach New Times Blog
Title: “Zombie Honeybees Found in California - Broward/Palm Beach Restaurants and Dining - Clean Plate Charlie”
http://blogs.browardpalmb...

Publication: Express.co.uk
Title: “Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Flies 'are turning bees into zombies'”
http://www.express.co.uk/...

Publication: The Inquisitr
Title: “Parasitic Fly Turning Honeybees Into "Zombies" [Video]”
http://www.inquisitr.com/...

Publication: New Scientist
Title: “Parasitic fly could account for disappearing honeybees - life - 03 January 2012 - New Scientist”
http://www.newscientist.c...

Publication: Mirror.co.uk
Title: “Bees being turned into 'zombies' by parasite - mirror.co.uk”
http://www.mirror.co.uk/n...

Publication: All Voices
Title: “Deadly Parasite turns Honeybees into Zombies”
http://www.allvoices.com/...

Publication: Care 2
Title: “Parasite Drives Honey Bees to Zombie Flight? | Care2 Causes”
http://www.care2.com/caus...

Publication: TIME Blog
Title: “Parasitic Flies Could Be Causing Colony Collapse Disorder for Bees | Ecocentric | TIME.com”
http://ecocentric.blogs.t...

Publication: Examiner.com
Title: “Part of bee death puzzle solved - National Paeleontology | Examiner.com”
http://www.examiner.com/p...

Publication: Eureka Alert
Title: “NHM entomologist co-authors new research on parasitic phorid fly, a new threat to honey bees”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: AFP
Title: “AFP: Fly parasite turns honey bees into 'zombies': study”
http://www.google.com/hos...

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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 13 Jan 2012 at 19:52 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Biofortified.org
Title: “Apocephalus borealis, a new threat to honeybees? « Biofortified”
http://www.biofortified.o...

Publication: IEWY
Title: “NHM entomologist co-authors new research on parasitic phorid fly, a new threat to honey bees”
http://www.iewy.com/39290...

Publication: Discovery News
Title: “Fly Parasite Turns Honey Bees Into 'Zombies'”
http://news.discovery.com...

Publication: Argus Leader
Title: “Parasite found in S.D. hives creates 'zombie bees'”
http://www.argusleader.co...

Publication: Star Tribune
Title: “Parasitic fly could explain bee die-off”
http://www.startribune.co...

Publication: Policy Mic
Title: “Parasitic Fly Turns CCD Honeybees Into Zombies”
http://www.policymic.com/...

Publication: Chron.com
Title: “Flies turning California honeybees into zombies”
http://blog.chron.com/hot...

Publication: Associated Press
Title: “Study: Parasitic fly could explain bee die-off”
http://hosted.ap.org/dyna...

Publication: Stuff.co.nz
Title: “Parasitic fly could explain worldwide bee die-off”
http://www.stuff.co.nz/en...

Publication: USA Today
Title: “'Zombie' fly may be killing honey bees”
http://www.usatoday.com/n...

Publication: Nature Blogs
Title: “Zombie' fly parasite killing honeybees”
http://blogs.nature.com/n...

Publication: The Register
Title: “Parasites spark swarm of ZOMBIE BEES”
http://www.theregister.co...

Publication: NPR
Title: “Collapsing Honey Bee Colonies: Blame The Parasites?”
http://www.npr.org/2012/0...

Publication: Zeit Online
Title: “Bienensterben: Parasit könnte Massensterben der Bienen mitverursacht haben | Wissen | ZEIT ONLINE”
http://www.zeit.de/wissen...

Publication: bioScientias
Title: “bioScientias: Que Pena tu Titular 2: Abejas Zombies”
http://bioscientias.blogs...

Publication: Pollinator Gardens
Title: “pollinator gardens: Can you say "unintended consequences"?”
http://www.blog.pollinato...

Publication: Norbrook's Blog
Title: “Zombie Bees? | Norbrook's Blog”
http://cendax.wordpress.c...

Publication: Myrmecos
Title: “Did a parasitic fly cause Colony Collapse in bees? -- MYRMECOS - Insect Photography - Insect Pictures”
http://myrmecos.net/2012/...

Publication: Biodiversity in Focus
Title: “Biodiversity in Focus Blog”
http://www.biodiversityin...

Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “Mysterious phenomenon that has decimated honey bee populations across the globe linked to parasitic fly | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: SF State News
Title: “Deadly fly parasite spotted for first time in honey bees - San Francisco State University”
http://www.sfsu.edu/~news...

Publication: California Academy of Sciences
Title: “Leave Those Bees Alone! « Life « Science Today: Beyond the Headlines”
http://www.calacademy.org...

Publication: Newsy
Title: “Zombie Honeybees”
http://www.newsy.com/vide...

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 20 Jan 2012 at 19:27 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Biodiversity in Focus
Title: “The Good, the Bad, and the Zombees » Biodiversity in Focus Blog”
http://www.biodiversityin...

Publication: Washington Times Communities
Title: “New bee threat more media hype than reality”
http://communities.washin...

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RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 17 Aug 2012 at 22:14 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Byte Size Biology
Title: “ZomBee Watch, a new citizen-scientist project | Byte Size Biology”
http://bytesizebio.net/in...

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RE: RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 12 Sep 2012 at 21:34 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “Plight of the honeybees: Scientists hunt deadly parasite that turns insects into 'zombees' - forcing them to dance by streetlights before falling down dead | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: International Business Times Science
Title: “'Zombee' Apocalypse: Researchers Ask Citizens To Be On Lookout For Parasite-Infected Bees - International Business Times”
http://www.ibtimes.com/ar...

Publication: Wired.co.uk
Title: “Biologists tag 'zombees' with radio trackers to monitor parasitic infection (Wired UK)”
http://www.wired.co.uk/ne...

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Publication: Santa Barbara Independent
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