- "This big bee may look cuddly but watch out for its sting - a big spinning drill on the front - so competitors better buzz off out of the way!"
- — Robot Wars Magazine
- "A big, black and orange bee on a wedge base with a rotating drill weapon, 750 watt 24V power, but at only 71 kilos, it's the lightest in the heat and could be badly stung!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Bee-Capitator
Bee-Capitator was a long box-wedge shaped robot and was designed to resemble a bee, armed with a drill spike on its front for 'stinging' opponents and was covered in flammable black and orange fur. It was also decorated with two wings and googly eyes. Bee-Capitator was reasonably quick and agile, but had no self-righting mechanism, and was also very light at 71kg.
The name Bee-Capitator was a pun on bee and decapitator.
The team captain was John Nicholson, who worked at Barnsley College in South Yorkshire. He built Bee-Capitator along with some of his students.
Bee-Capitator fought in the 2001 live tour to qualify for Series 5. In its battle, it fought Trouble 'n' Strife, and both robots met in the centre of the arena. However, Bee-Capitator's lack of a self-righting mechanism was exploited, and Trouble 'n' Strife easily flipped it. Although Bee-Capitator lost the match, it was given a discretionary place to compete in the Fifth Wars regardless.
In the first round of Heat D, newcomers Bee-Capitator were drawn against the 7th seeds, and previous Grand Finalists and Semi-Finalists, Firestorm 3.
Bee-Capitator started broadside on to Firestorm 3, and quickly darted past its opponent after activate was sounded. Now in close to Sir Killalot, Bee-Capitator continued to make evasive moves, but it was swiftly caught by Firestorm 3, which slipped under the flanks of Bee-Capitator before driving it towards the arena wall. Once there, Firestorm 3 used its flipper to attempt to leave Bee-Capitator stranded up against the angle grinder. Fortunately for Bee-Capitator, its front dropped down onto the arena floor and it was able to dart away. Suddenly, after Bee-Capitator swung too close to Matilda's flywheel, Firestorm 3 came in from behind, toppling Bee-Capitator over with its drive.
- "Firestorm already in underneath though, and that would be the danger for the buzzing bee. A full one centimetre ground clearance means that any wedge shape can come in, now, like Firestorm is with another slam!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Bee-Capitator is turned over
Firestorm 3 didn't escape unscathed though, as its flipper was buckled out of place by Matilda's flywheel after Firestorm 3 attempted to use it to invert Bee-Capitator. Nevertheless, upside-down, Bee-Capitator was unable to self-right, and it was duly counted out by Refbot, before being carried around by Sir Killalot, who toasted it on the Flame Pit.
- "Didn't really cause a hive of activity in there, did it, Bee-Capitator? Well, it was a worker bee - it wasn't tremendously industrious, and if it were a queen bee, it's been well and truly dethroned."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Bee-Capitator was then subjected to a slam from Matilda and her rear weapon, which turned Bee-Capitator back over in the process. However, despite now being able to move again, Bee-Capitator's chance of remaining in the competition was long gone. Soon after, it was picked up by Sir Killalot again, who then pitted the beaten machine, confirming its elimination at the first round stage.
|BEE-CAPITATOR - RESULTS|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heats, Round 1
|Heat D, Eliminator||vs. Firestorm 3 (7)||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Bee-Capitator Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Entered with Hodaf the Bad|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|