December 29


The Bee Family Tree and Fibonacci

By Tresta Neil

Called to Learn, Math

(written by Tresta Neil 2018 for Millennial Instructor, it was not published)

The bees have an unusual family tree. Instead of doubling each generation it follows the Fibonacci sequence, God’s growth pattern often found in nature. It is shown by adding the two end numbers adding the answer to the end and continuing - 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …

Every beehive has one female queen bee who lays all the eggs. If an egg is fertilized by a male bee, then the egg produces a female worker bee, who doesn’t lay any eggs herself.  If an egg is not fertilized it eventually hatches into a male bee, called a drone.

Cosby (represented as the male symbol at the bottom, a circle with an arrow) came from one parent, the queen (represented as the female symbol, a circle with a cross) who had two parents since she came from a fertilized egg. This means Cosby has one parent, but two grandparents. 

His grandfather has only one parent, while his grandmother has two, so Cosby has three great grandparents. Are you seeing the Fibonacci sequence? 

One of his grandparents is male and therefore has one parent, while the other two are female and have two parents totaling five great-great grandparents. The sequence continues, showing that bees follow God’s growth pattern discovered by Fibonacci. 

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