The Curious, Ever-Circling, Bee-Eating Robber Fly

Nature, Plants
About 25 years ago, I entered a phase of my life in which I envisioned a kind of nature reserve for the 5-acre plot surrounding my home. The land was beautiful. It was wooded and rocky and the soil was rich. Recently, I had fallen in love with native wildflowers and since I tend to focus when I'm interested in a thing, I soon became well-acquainted with hundreds! The Trees There was a wonderful assortment of hardwoods on the property. Hickory, oak, black gum, cucumber magnolia, linden, sassafras, cherry birch, and tulip-poplar. I'm not even sure I haven't missed a few. Well I planted black locust. If I still lived there, I'd have planted Osage orange, too. The Flowers I am not going to attempt to name the hundreds of…
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The Bee, Fibonacci, and Genealogy

The Bee, Fibonacci and Genealogy -By Ellen Hetland Fenwick. Bees are strange creatures. There are three “sexes” of bees... Drone: Male born of a Queen. No male parent. Not sterile. Queen: Female born of a Queen & a Drone. Fed Royal Jelly. Not Sterile. Worker: Female born of a Queen & a Drone. Not fed Royal Jelly. Sterile. This makes for a most unusual genealogy. Let’s examine the first six generations. Gen 0: Our Male: Drone Gen 1: His parent: Queen Gen 2: Her Parents: Queen, Drone Gen 3: Their parents: Queen, Drone, Queen Gen 4: Their parents: Queen, Drone, Queen, Queen, Drone Gen 5: Their Parents: Queen, Drone, Queen, Queen, Drone, Queen, Drone, Queen The total number of individuals in our male bee’s line for each generation is shown below: But…
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