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Here are some tools and tips to help you be a better ZomBee Hunter!
Before you go out ZomBee hunting, you need to be prepared! Here's a list of the tools you'll need:
For each different location where you find ZomBees, follow these instructions:
If you find a location where you are noticing a large number of ZomBees, or you are a beekeeper and want to monitor your hives, you can construct your own light trap. There are three different types of light trap you can construct with materials you might already have at home.
Check out ZomBee Watch's tutorial for instructions on how make your own light trap.
Bring your containers inside and store them in a secure place away from the sun. Bees in these situations are not healthy and die quickly.
Check your samples periodically for zombie flies:
You can expect to find zombie fly maggots emerging from the bees, or brown pill-shaped pupae.
If pupae emerge take note of how many and take a picture. Submit the picture to your ZomBee Watch data set.
You can expect to find adult flies during this time.
If you observe adult flies take a note of how many and take a picture. Submit the picture to your data set.
When all the flies have emerged preserve them in a labeled container with rubbing alcohol. ZomBee Watch staff may ask you to mail them in, so store them in a safe and easy to find place.