Increase students' knowledge of the Fibonacci growth pattern.
Students will be able to find the Fibonacci numbers pattern of population growth from a written description.
Ancestors of Honeybees: A colony of honeybees has one special female called the queen. There are many worker bees, these are also female, but unlike the queen bee, they produce no eggs. Male bees are called drones and do no work. Male bees have one parent, the queen. Drones hatch from the queen's unfertilized eggs so they have a mother but no father! Female bees have two parents. They hatch after the queen has mated with a male. Females usually end up as worker bees.
So female bees have 2 parents, a male and a female whereas male bees have just one parent, a female. Below there is a display of drone ancestors in a family tree where parents appear under their children.
|great granny||great grampa||great granny|
|great great granny||great great grampa||great great granny||great great granny||great great grampa|
Note the numbers of drone ancestors in each generation: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, .