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The Bee Ancestry Code

June 24th, 2011

Syrphe (syrphidae sp.) dans une fleur de cosmos Photo: Bresson Thomas

Downstairs Damh the Bard and composer Helen Glavin are working on the ‘The Healing Island of Moy Mell’, the fourth track of a two CD set we will be releasing on 10th July called ‘Sacred Nature’ (October 1st in a German-language version). With a focus on healing, the soundtracks incorporate the spoken word, song, music, and nature sounds with structures based upon Nature’s laws, expressed in the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci series. Meanwhile, upstairs, I learn about ‘The Bee Ancestry Code’. Wikipedia explains:
The bee ancestry code

Fibonacci numbers also appear in the description of the reproduction of a population of idealized honeybees, according to the following rules:
    If an egg is laid by an unmated female, it hatches a male or drone bee.
    If, however, an egg was fertilized by a male, it hatches a female.
Thus, a male bee will always have one parent, and a female bee will have two.
If one traces the ancestry of any male bee (1 bee), he has 1 parent (1 bee), 2 grandparents, 3 great-grandparents, 5 great-great-grandparents, and so on. This sequence of numbers of parents is the Fibonacci sequence.