bee count en Newly detected parasite turns Northwest honey bees into 'zombees' There's more trouble for your hard-working backyard honey bee. Researchers have confirmed the first cases of "zombee" bees in Washington state and in the Portland area. Infection by a parasite prompts the bees to embark on what's being called a "flight of the living dead."<p>The initial Washington detection came from an observant beekeeper in the Seattle suburb of Kent.<p>"The odd thing is they're attracted to light. Bees normally aren't attracted to light. And they're flying at night. Bees don't normally fly at night," says Mark Hohn. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:27:37 +0000 Tom Banse 6444 at Newly detected parasite turns Northwest honey bees into 'zombees' The great bee count <p>For a number of years, honey bee populations have been shrinking. It&#39;s called colony collapse disorder. To help understand this bee die-off, citizen scientists are being asked to keep an eye on their gardens this summer as part of <a href="">The Great Sunflower Project</a>.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:30:53 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1842 at The great bee count