WebBeePop: The Good Life...

We will use the WebBeePop simulation model to study how honey bee population dynamics depends on the weather. In this simulation exercise, we will use data from five cities having diverse weather conditions.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Tucson, Arizona
An extensive interactive web site for weather data is the National Climate Data Center and their Interactive Visualization of Climate Data.

Once you have selected a city and initial population, WebBeePop will simulate the changes in the population from January 1st to December 31st. By using daily weather information, WebBeePop makes updates of the population size. The weather information we use to run this simulation is

  • daylength
      The queen lays more eggs on long days.

  • mean daily temperature
      The queen lays more eggs on warm days and foragers fly only if the temperature is sufficiently high.

  • rain and wind speed
      Foragers do not fly if it is windy or rainy.

For more information on building a model of honey bee population dynamics, read Life in the Hive.

To run a WebBeePop simulation:

1. Enter the initial settings.

What is the colony size on January 1st?

What city do you choose?

2. Run WebBeePop.