|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 (https://www.zombeewatch.org/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! http://www.planetbee.org/zombee-watch-project/
|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|
|Tags||bee, diy, girl scouts, insects, parasite, watch, zombee|
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These are ratings provided by K-12 teachers. This rating reflects how well the project is suited for the classroom.
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yvonnegreene43 12/15/2016Would take some effort to collect samples of bees, especially if traps need to be made. Traps seem simple to build.
salbury 12/15/2016Probably best suited to older children, building a trap would require the gathering of some materials but they are easy to find.
pollack 12/15/2016Able to discuss many disciplines in science.
Debra (sunny) Turner 12/15/2016Zombee Watch has 3 main goals:1.To determine where in North America the Zombee Fly (Apocephalus Borealis) is paralyzing honeybees.2.To determine how often honey bees leave their hives at night, even if they are not paralyzed by the Zombee Fly.3.Ascertain how big a threat the Zombee Fly is to Honeybees.4. How will this effect the individual student and his life.
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