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ZomBeeWatch

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
Description

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. 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.

ZomBee Watch has three main goals.

1. To determine where in North America the Zombie Fly Apocephalus borealis is parasitizing honey bees.

2. To determine how often honey bees leave their hives at night, even if they are not parasitized by the Zombie Fly.

3. To engage citizen scientists in making a significant contribution to knowledge about honey bees and to become better observers of nature.

You can help in finding out where honey bees are being parasitized by the Zombie Fly and how big a threat the fly is to honey bees. So far, the Zombie Fly has been found parasitizing honey bees in California, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington. We are teaming up with citizen scientists (like you!) to determine if the fly has spread to honey bees across all 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!

Website http://www.zombeewatch.org
Social Media
Participation Fee $0
Expenses $0
Required Gear

Gloves, long sleeve shirts, a safe enclosed place to store bee specimens, and a portable light.

A DIY light trap may also be used to collect bees. Visit our website to learn how to build this simple light trap, and to view other tutorials.
https://www.zombeewatch.org/theproject

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, insects, parasite, watch, zombee
Project Updated 08/07/2016