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ZomBee Watch

Main Project Information
Presented By Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Goal Learn where in North America bees are infected by Zombie Flies
Task Collect honey bees; report easy-to-spot signs of infection.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

ZomBee Watch is a citizen science project sponsored by the San Francisco State University Department of Biology, the San Francisco State University Center for Computing for Life Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The project is partnered with Planet Bee Foundation, a Bay Area environmental education nonprofit which created a K-12 ZomBee Watch school program. ZomBee Watch was initiated as a follow-up to the discovery that the Zombie Fly (Apocephalus borealis) is parasitizing honey bees in California and possibly other areas of North America.

How to Join

There are many ways you can get involved. It can be as easy as collecting honey bees that are under your porch light in the morning, under a street light or stranded on sidewalks. If you are a beekeeper, setting up a light trap near one of your hives is the most effective way to detect ZomBees. It's easy to make a simple, inexpensive light trap from materials available at your local hardware store. To test for the presence of Zombie Fly infection all you need to do is put honey bees you collect in a container and observe them periodically. Infected honey bees give rise to brown pill-like fly pupae in about a week and to adult flies a few weeks later

Get started. Simply register ( on their webpage and begin collecting data!

Or, if you want Planet Bee Foundation to teach their three-day ZomBee Watch program to your class, sign up here!

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike, At night, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bee, diy, girl scouts, insects, parasite, watch, zombee
Project Updated 01/30/2018