The other insect that can transmit STDs as riddled ladybirds invade Brit homes

Bees can pass on sexually transmitted infections when they mate, research has found.

Researchers have said that a bee fungus transmitted through sex can have a big effect on worldwide bee breeding programmes.

Scientists from the Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) at the University of Western Australia have previously identified a fungus that causes dysentery in bees – an infection that causes a form of diarrhea.

This can be sexually transmitted from affected male bees to the queen bee.

The fungus is known as Nosema apis, ABC News reports.

A team from CIBER worked with experts at the University of Sussex and found that this fungus causes dysentery in bees through faecal contamination and can be passed on from sick male bees to queens.

They are not the only insect to transmit STDs, as reports emerge this week of riddled ladybirds being found in British homes.


The report on bees from 2015 found it takes three weeks before the diseased males begin dying.

“It also gives them time to fly from the hive and mate, transmitting the fungus to virgin queens who once impregnated, transport it home to their own hives with potentially catastrophic results,” said Professor Baer of the University of Western Australia.

A later report from the university found that male bees can sometimes actually protect females from sexually transmitted infections.

The seminal fluid of male bees can kill Nosema apis, therefore actually protecting queens.

Reports have emerged of swarms of STD-riddled ladybirds invading homes across Britain.

The bugs, known as Harlequin Ladybirds, are flying in from Asia and North America on mild Autumn winds and seeking cosy hibernation spots in people’s homes.

The harlequin ladybird, which have black instead of red wings, was introduced to North America in 1988 and arrived in Britain in summer 2004.

The first sightings were in the southeast of England but since then the bug has spread rapidly up to north of England and west into Wales.

Experts say the foreign invaders actually pose a threat to the domestic species because they carry a sexually-transmitted disease called Laboulbeniales fungal disease, the Manchester Evening News reports.



Residents have reported large clusters of the bugs in their living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms this week.

The creepy-crawlies have been seen clustering around boilers, window frames and smoke detectors as they bed down for witner.

Debbie Phil Tighe wrote: “I’ve had them today all over my front door and a few inside of my window at the top of the stairs.”

Steve McGrail, director of pest control company Pro Kill Environment, said Harlequin Ladybirds are not harmful to humans but recommended sealing windows to make sure they do not get in homes.

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