Follow the Nature in L.A. blog to keep up on research, community science, and the latest urban nature stories from around the city, as told by NHMLA scientists who live and study in L.A.
Nature in L.A.
Module - Nature Gardens Blog
When researchers and the public work together, it's always a reason to celebrate. Join us at Citizen Science and Cocktails events to hear from researchers about their citizen science projects.
Learn More >
Module - Citizen Science and Cocktails
The Museum is partnering with San Francisco State University's Department of Biology to learn more about the zombie fly, Apocephalus borealis, and how this parasitoid (like a parasite, except they always kill their host) affects honey bees, Apis mellifera. You can join this investigation by becoming a ZomBee Hunter!
If it weren't for honey bees many of the fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other things we eat (did I mention honey?) would not be on our dinner tables. We have been keeping bees for thousands of years, there's even evidence of beekeeping in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians. Some people say that one in every three bites of food we take are thanks to the honey bee. Whatever, the statistics are, thank a honey bee during your next meal!
ZomBees are honey bees that have been parasitized by zombie flies. We know that zombie flies have been affecting honey bees in California and South Dakota. The big mysteries that need to be solved are: Where exactly are honey bees being affected? How big of a threat are zombie flies to honey bees? Have zombie flies spread to honey bees across North America? By collecting honey bees in L.A. that look like they have been affected by the zombie fly, you can be a detective for this exciting case.
Co-authored by Museum Curator of Entomology, Brian Brown
We are grateful to our Institutional Partners