Sunflower, Bumble bee, and a black ant

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A spotting hat trick from a recent photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School: a sunflower (Helianthus annuus); bumble bee (Bombus sp.); and some type of black ant. Nothing says “summer” like a big yellow sunflower!

Notice the mathematical pattern of florets in the head of a sunflower. For more information, see the following reference: Mathematical model of floret arrangement. This one’s for you, Heather!

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