Published February 11, 2022 | Version v1
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Honeybee lifetime tracking data 2018

  • 1. Auburn University
  • 2. Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • 3. Freie Universität Berlin


Data from barcode-based tracking of honeybees during summer of 2018, taken in an observation hive located at University of Konstanz, Germany.

Associated GitHub repository:

Data usage example is on Github, or can be run in a browser with Binder

File contents:  


List and description of quantities contained in the single-day summary metrics, and the metrics calculated at shorter intervals (hour, 5 minute, 1 minute). Also lists day number definitions, and cohort birthdates.

Single-day hdf files, each containing x-y trajectory data in the form:

daynum framenum uid x y camera theta
  • daynum:  the day number of the observation period. See 'Day numbers and cohorts' sheet in 2018_Quantity_Descriptions.xlsx
  • framenum: using the camera frame rate of 3fps, the frame number with respect to that particular day
  • uid:  the Unique ID of each bee
  • x,y: pixel coordinate values of each bee. Conversion is 80 pixels/cm
  • camera: which camera the bee was detected on: 0=exit side (with dance floor - shown at right in comb map images), 1=back side (show at left in comb map images)
  • theta: orientation of the bee in the hive

Comb content color-coded png image files, as well as pkl files for using the comb data type (see Data Usage Example)


Summary behavioral metrics calculated for each tracked bee on each day of the experiment. See 2018_Quantity_Descriptions.xlsx for full list and detail of quantities. Data is in the form:

Age Day number Bee unique ID Cohort ID <metric1> <metric2> ... 

Behavioral metrics calculated over different time intervals: 1 minute, 5 minute, or 1 hour divisions. See 2018_Quantity_Descriptions.xlsx for full list and detail of quantities. Files are organized as a single .hdf file for each day. Each file contains data in the form:

Per-hour data:

Age Day number Bee unique ID Cohort ID Hour <metric1> <metric2> ...

5-minute or 1-minute data: 

Age Day number Bee unique ID Cohort ID timedivision <metric1> <metric2> ...

x-y histogram data, calculated by using a 2cmx2cm grid and binning for each hour of each day. One file per day, and each file contains data in the form:

Day number Bee unique ID Cohort ID Hour hist0 hist1 ... hist1434

Convert the flattened histogram structure into a shape of [41,35] in order to view as shown in the paper or in the Data Usage Example


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