In "The DaVinci Code", One of the main characters, Robert Langdon, says (p. 64) that the ratio of the number of female bees to male bees in any beehive in the world is always 1.618..., or PHI, the golden ratio. Has anyone seen this statistic elsewhere? How does it account for a hive with a laying worker?

This seemed like an interesting topic for discussion on a frigid winter day!