ZOMBEE WATCH PROJECT: Citizen Science Brought to Your School

Zombie fly laying eggs in honey bee, Photo by Christopher Quock

Zombie fly laying eggs in honey bee, Photo by Christopher Quock

Become a ZomBee Hunter and join us in tracking the spread of the zombie fly!

Planet Bee is proud to partner with San Francisco State University to bring citizen science to the classroom. Students discover the joy of participating in current and important honey bee research for real scientists through our  ZomBee Watch Project school program. This program heavily focuses on STEM education and is in line with the Next Generation Science Standards. 

John Hafernik, ZomBee Watch founder and professor emeritus of Entomology at San Francisco State University, recently discovered that honey bees are being affected by a zombie fly parasitoid (a parasite that always kills its host). Honey bees infected by the parasitoid are attracted to lights at night and exhibit zombie-like behavior. 

Our ZomBee Watch Project consists of two or three onsite visits to your classroom and includes in-depth lessons on honey bee behavior, the zombie fly life cycle, sample collection, recording and analyzing scientific data, and more. Students will design their own light traps to catch "ZomBees", and contribute their data to an international project.

Check out these blog posts about our program at Discover Magazine and SciStarter!

Click here to learn more about the ZomBee Watch Project and our fee structure. 

We've created a source doc for educators to cut and paste from if applying to grants through their school's, PTA or other outside organizations.  Click here to download it!

Want to become a ZomBee Hunter but don't live in the Bay Area? Check out our new ZomBee Watch Remote Program! No matter where your school is located, we can skype with your students and send you educational materials. Apply today!

We are deeply committed to environmental justice and therefore offer FULL SPONSORSHIPS and sliding scale fees.