A friend in Washington State, USA sent me a link to an article relating to zombie flies. Actually the flies are decapitating flies because that is apparently what they do to honeybees.
However we are seeing an unprecedented rise in invasive species being introduced into the UK from all manner of places and I have seen any number of the sort that affect trees ranging from viruses to fungal infections and insect plagues which would not normally have survived our winters a few years ago. Now we have drier and milder winters so we have more of these critters surviving and causing mayhem to our indigenous species. I bet it won’t be long before we have zombie flies living and breeding in the UK honey bee population.
I wonder how long it will be before we find them being blamed for CCD?
Meanwhile we are lucky to live here because at least we have a system in place to monitor for most things and being an island isolates us from a lot of invasive plagues. Would be a different story if we were still linked to mainland Europe.