n. A bee that is forced to abandon its hive and kill itself after being infected by a parasitic fly.
These "zombees" are victims of a parasitic fly, Apocephalus borealis. The fly lays eggs within honeybees, inducing their hosts to make a nocturnal "flight of the living dead," after which the larval flies emerge, having consumed the bee from the inside out.
To learn more about a bizarre, zombie-like behavior recently discovered in honeybees, researchers are now tagging the "zombees" with tiny radio trackers.
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers today sees Zipper, a helpful housefly, falling in love with a queen bee whose swarm is turned into Zombees by a scientist with a diabolical plan.