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This program allows students to "think like a bee" while foraging among a variety of flowers.

The purpose of this program is to allow students to explore foraging strategies that pollinators may use in maximizing their efficiency. Efficiency is usually quantified by the ratio of benefits obtained to costs incurred while foraging. A forager that achieves a greater ratio of benefits to costs is more efficient. For pollinators, the benefits can be measured by the amount of reward they collect. Their costs can be measured by the energy they must expend flying from flower to flower collecting this reward.

When the program begins, you will see a bee in a field of flowers on the right-hand side of the screen. To the left is a box labeled "Foraging Data." The program allows you to become the bee and to forage for nectar rewards on the flowers in the field. Each time you click on a flower, the bee will "fly" over and visit that flower and collect its reward. Each time you visit a flower, the box on the left side of the screen will show you how much of a reward you collected and how much it cost you to get that reward. The cost is determined only by how far you had to fly to reach the flower, not by the type of flower. The six types of flowers differ in the amount of reward they offer (1 to 10 units) and in their abundance. A given flower type always gives the same reward unless the flower has previously been visited. Once you visit an individual flower, its reward is gone, and if you revisit that same flower, you will not get a reward. You will still get a reward from other flowers of the same type.

Note: you must have Windows (95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP, Vista or 7) and be running 800x600 or greater resolution for this program to work correctly.


Windows Installer.

(You MUST be adminstrator to install WinBee using the Windows installer, but once installed WinBee will run for normal users).

  1.  Click on the link below  to download the installer file.  Once the file has downloaded  double click SetupWinBee_v1.4.2.exe to install. Follow the directions of the install shield wizard. After the install you can use your Start->Programs->WinBee icon to start WinBee.

Click here to download the WinBee v1.4.2 Installer.

Manual Installer.

(No need to be admin, but more difficult).

  1.  Click on the link below  to download the installer file. 
  2.  Once the file has downloaded  find the file WinBee_v1.4.2.exe and double click it.  Choose a location for WinBee (Your desktop will work fine) and click the Extract button. Open the WinBee folder you just created and right drag the WinBee.exe file to your desktop and choose "Create shortcuts here". Now just double click the WinBee shortcut to run WinBee.

Click here to download WinBee v1.4.2.

Zip file installer.

(No need to be admin, just unzip and run).

Download the zip file below, unzip and run WinBee.exe from inside unzipped folder.

Click here to download WinBee v1.4.2 as a .zip file.

Changes from 1.4.1 to 1.4.2

  • Wing flap timer is now only enabled during flight.

Changes from 1.4 to 1.4.1

  • WinBee.ini now resides in program folder instead of $WINDIR, which fixes must be administrator to run WinBee in Windows 7/Vista.
  • Version info in executable now displays correctly.

Changes from 1.3 to 1.4

  • Changed animation speed to timer based, bee should now fly the same speed on any computer.
  • Changed installer to one that is Windows 7/Vista compatible.
  • Resized program forms to display without scroll bars in Windows 7/Vista.

To upgrade from 1.3 to 1.4, follow the same method you used to install version 1.3, previous Winbee icons will still work.

Changes from 1.2 to 1.3

To upgrade from 1.2 to 1.3, download 1.3 and double click to unzip. Your previous Winbee icons will still work.

Please contact for help with installation.

The WinBee Teem

Note to teachers: If you wish to lock the data display options to keep users from changing them you can do so by changing the value of DataOptionsDisabled from 0 to 1 in C:\Windows\WinBee.ini. You'll probably want to change ownership of this file to Administrator and set it to read only by everyone else.

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