There’s a new and mostly unknown threat to pollinators known as Zombie Flies.
- Also known as Apocephalus borealis, hunchback or scuttle fly.
- Native to the new world and historically choosing bumblebees and wasps as hosts.
- First sited effecting honeybees in Bay Area in 2008 … in Belgium in 2013.
- 1st Oregon siting Sept 2012. That year, Zombie flies only seen in California, South Dakota and Oregon.
- As of Mar 2015 recorded evidence in 7 states, testing in progress in 21. Locally four infected bees were found in both Aloha and Tigard.
- Populations seem to be increasing. Up to 200 bees leaving some hive per day in the Bay Area. Catching up to 80 Zombees in light traps in one night, even in January, when bees typically are flying very little.
- Anecdotal evidence of entire hives being wiped out by zombie flies.