Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and in this case, what's happening to many of the Bay Area's honeybees may quench your thirst for the morbid and macabre.
San Francisco biologists say they may know why our honeybee populations are plummeting: parasites are turning the bees into zombies.
San Francisco State researchers say the bees go mad, abandoning their hive in a suicidal rush toward bright lights.
Scientists say the bees' demise may be contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder - a phenomenon of falling honeybee hives around the country, which could take a toll on the agricultural industry, which depends on these pollinators.
Infected bees were found in San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Concord, Orinda, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Benicia, Larkspur, Mill Valley and San Rafael. They were not found in hives in San Jose, Mount Hamilton, Los Gatos or Saratoga.