CATCH THE BUZZ: Zombie Flies

ZOMBIE FLIES INFECTING MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS. MAY BE THE CAUSE OF MEDIA COLLAPSE DISORDER

Tom Theobald

The so-called “Zombie Flies” have supposedly reappeared in bee colonies and again are being insinuated as an explanation for the loss of millions of colonies of bees.

Is there any merit to these bizarre and desperate reports? Unlikely.

Properly known as the Phorid Fly, these predators have been seen in bee colonies occasionally for years and have always been thought of as incidental and of little consequence. But now? It isn’t the new agricultural technologies killing bees, it is Zombie Flies, Zombie Flies carrying cell phones no doubt, how else are they able to alert the media?

First, there is no evidence presented that these are anything other than occasional encounters, there has been no legitimate statistical sampling that I’m aware of, but this simple fact doesn’t deter industry apologists and spin doctors grasping for straws in their never ending search for “sound science”.

There is a more likely explanation. The Phorid Fly depends on bumblebees as its primary host. Bumblebee populations have crashed for the same reasons as honey bees. In the absence of bumblebees these flies are struggling to survive, and what’s left? Honey bees, of course, primarily because of beekeepers’ efforts to keep the honey bee populations going.

Zombie Flies? What really warrants our concern are Zombie Reporters at Zombie News Outlets.