Male bees come from unfertilized eggs, so they have mothers but no fathers. Females come from fertilized eggs, so they have parents of both sexes. This produces an interesting pattern: The number of males in a given generation equals the number of females in the succeeding generation. And the number of females in a given generation equals the number of females in the succeeding *two* generations:

So the total number of bees, male and female, in generation *n* is the Fibonacci number *F _{n}*.

W. Hope-Jones discovered the relationship in 1921; this example is from Thomas Koshy’s *Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers With Applications*, 2001.