Task allocation and site fidelity jointly influence foraging regulation in honey bee colonies

  • Thiago Mosqueiro (Creator)
  • Chelsea Cook (Creator)
  • Ramon Huerta (Creator)
  • Jürgen Gadau (University of Münster) (Creator)
  • Brian Smith (Creator)
  • Noa Pinter-Wollman (Creator)



In this dataset we are sharing behavioral observations of honey bees foraging for two feeders placed near their hive. This data was used to assess the persistence of honey bees at foraging for a particular resource location when presented with two different feeders with sucrose solution. We marked foragers for individual identification using water-based acrylic, and recorded the time at which they visited a feeder. Between February 3rd and 26th (2016), we observed 1307 trips from 323 honey bee foragers from five different colonies. For more information, we refer to our paper:Mosqueiro T, Cook C, Huerta R, Gadau J, Smith B, Pinter-Wollman N. 2017
Task allocation and site fidelity jointly influence foraging regulation in honeybee colonies. R. Soc. open sci. 4:170344. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170344 (in press). Preprint available here.<b>Columns in the metadata file:</b><b>Day:</b> day of the year when the experiment was performed.<b><b>expID:</b></b> index of each experiment within the same day<b>Feeder:</b> identity of the feeder<b>Colonies:</b> identity of the colonies used in that day<b>distFeedHive:</b> distance between feeders and hive<b>FirstObs:</b> timestamp of the first observation in that day and feeder<b>LastObs:</b> timestamp of the last observation in that day and feeder<b>TotalObs:</b> Total number of trips registered in that day and feeder.<b>Columns in the data file:</b><b>beeID:</b> individual code assigned to a bee for each colony and day.<b>expID:</b> experiments in the same day<b>Day:</b> day of the year when the experiment was performed.<b>Feeder:</b> identity of the feeder<b>FirstVisit:</b> timestamp of the first visit per bee<b>TotalObs:</b> total number of times a particular bee was observed in a feeder<b>returnTrips:</b> number of trips in sequence to the same feeder<b>Persistence:</b> average of return trips per feeder
Date made available2017

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