Worker bee

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Worker bee
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Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 34
Bounding box 16×11
Period 9
Mod Unknown
Heat 15.6
Volatility 0.66
Strict volatility 0.66
Discovered by David Buckingham
Year of discovery 1972

Worker bee (or lonely bee[1]) is a period 9 oscillator and was found by David Buckingham in 1972. Unlike the similar snacker, the worker bee produces no accessible sparks (note the generated monominos), and is thus not considered to be very important. Like the snacker, the worker bee is extensible - it is, in fact, a finite version of the infinite oscillator which consists of six on cells and two off cells alternating along a line.


  1. Mark D. Niemiec. "Life Objects Sorted by Name (L)". Retrieved on May 1, 2009.

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