Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) That Drink Human Tears

@inproceedings{Bnziger2009BeesA,
  title={Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) That Drink Human Tears},
  author={Hans B{\"a}nziger and Somnuk Boongird and Prachaval Sukumalanand and S{\"a}ngdao B{\"a}nziger},
  year={2009}
}
Abstract Lisotrigona cacciae, L. furva and Pariotrigona klossi (Meliponini, Apidae) workers drank lachrymation (tears) from human eyes in more than 262 naturally-occurred cases at 10 sites in N and S Thailand during all months of the year. A few visits were also seen to eyes of zebu and dog, indicating a probable broad mammalian host range. On man the bees were relatively gentle visitors, mostly landing on the lower eyelashes from where they imbibed tears for 0.5–2.5 min, often singly but… 

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