This is one of my Honey Bee hives:
[Dara's Bee Hive in Dungarvan Ireland](http://files.lossofgenerality.com/IMG_0674.JPG)
These are the native honey bees, they last through ice and snow and very tough insects, tiny but produce huge amounts of honey.
In all honesty I do not think John needs any math problems! I think, and not speaking on his behalf, John could benefit from actual production of code, servers, data acquisitions, timely research reports and so on. These are all actual work to be produced.
It could very well be that those Bees might not be around next few years , therefore to help John is very important to do something novel to save the planet or at least find out what is happening.