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" One touch of nature

makes all the world kin "

William Shakespeare

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.

4 Responses to “The Bee Ancestry Code”

  1. I am new to this concept, Philip. Still, nature’s wonders never cease to amaze me. Thank you!

  2. Thank You for writing about the ancestry code. We are now approaching the an important portal and most magnificent celestial event this friday, July 1, 2011 when a NEW solar eclipse is born in the south pole to propel the Shift of Ages into 2012. In 2007 I was asked by the Spirit of the Honeybees to gather for global ceremonies around the world. I was guided to do these in England’s largest stone circle Avebury. The fifth Global Bee Here Now ceremony will be to assist in the birth of the NEW Earth on July 1, 2011
    More about it on:
    We Can Bee the Change We Wish to Bee…Now is the Time
    Blessed Bee, Elizabeth HeartStar

  3. Bees are amazing you wouldn’t think that some thing so small could be so organised and communicate so well as a colony . Great photo of a hover fly.

  4. Hi Philip, you mention the release of a CD “Sacred Nature”. Can you give me a clue?

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