The woman had been weeding a family grave site, just the kind of place where these sweat bees nest, according to the doctor who treated her. After attempting to wash the foreign object from her eye, the woman began to feel severe pain, and her eye began to swell.
"I saw something that looked like insect legs", the hospital's head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting said at a press conference.
The bees are not normally aggressive and only sting if touched, but once the stinger pierces the skin, it will continue to pump out venom until it is removed.
She is expected to make a full recovery. He managed to pull them out one by one without damaging their bodies, reported The Guardian. As the Canadian Wildlife Federation notes, sweat bees can be identified by their bright metallic green or blue colour. "They were still intact and all alive", he said.
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A study this month from the Kansas Entomological Society found that sweat bees also look to tears as a protein source.
But hours later, her eyes were still swollen and in pain, leading her to seek medical help at the hospital in southern Taiwan.
"She was wearing contact lenses so she didn't dare to rub her eyes in case she broke the lens", said Hong.
Each bee was extracted alive and was sent to another organization to be studied.
Doctors at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital were shocked at what they found to be the cause of the woman's eye inflammation: Bees.
"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", he added.