BEEHAVE validation and resulting insights for the design of field studies with bees

BEEHAVE is a computer model to simulate the development of a honeybee colony and its nectar and pollen foraging behavior in different landscapes. The purpose of BEEHAVE is to allow multiple stressors of honeybee colonies within a hive and in the landscape to be represented, either alone or in combination, to understand their potential influence on colony development and survival.

Insights for field study design:

• Starting conditions of the colony just before the experiment starts
• Colony specific and not treatment specific documentation
• „Standard beekeeping practice“ is not detailed enough
• Redistribute efforts across the entire experimental phase