Honey thieves
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Pattern type  Oscillator  

Number of cells  36  
Bounding box  15×15  
Period  17  
Mod  17  
Heat  13.9  
Volatility  0.71  
Strict volatility  0.71  
Discovered by  Matthias Merzenich  
Year of discovery  2014  
 
 
 

Honey thieves is a period 17 oscillator, consisting of a honey farm predecessor, hassled by 4 eaters. It is the smallest known period 17 oscillator in terms of minimum population, though 54P17.1 still has a slightly smaller bounding box.
It was discovered by Matthias Merzenich in September 2014^{[1]} with a modified version of Dean Hickerson's drifter search program, that facilitates discovery of symmetric oscillators.^{[2]}
Mark Niemiec found a 17glider synthesis of this oscillator.^{[3]}
References
 ↑ Matthias Merzenich (September 11, 2014). "Re: New p17 and other billiard tables". Retrieved on September 11, 2014.
 ↑ Matthias Merzenich (September 10, 2014). "A small modification of dr". Retrieved on September 11, 2014.
 ↑ Mark Niemiec (September 13, 2014). "Re: New p17 and other billiard tables". Retrieved on September 13, 2014.
External links
 36P17.1 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs
Categories:
 Patterns
 Oscillators with 36 cells
 Patterns with 36 cells
 Patterns found by Matthias Merzenich
 Patterns found in 2014
 Patterns that can be constructed with 17 gliders
 Oscillators
 Periodic objects with minimum population 36
 Oscillators with period 17
 Oscillators with mod 17
 Oscillators with heat 13
 Oscillators with volatility 0.71
 Oscillators with strict volatility 0.71
 Patterns with 180degree rotation symmetry