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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Will Chambers Did You Know Honey Bees Are Architects? "Bees start the construction of the hive from two to three different places and weave the honeycomb simultaneouslyin two-three strings." "Though they start from different places, the bees, construct identical hexagons and then weave the honeycomb by combining these together and meetingin the middle." Why do bees construct hexagonal honeycombs rather than octagonal, or pentagonal? Suppose the bees start the honeycomb with a totally random shape, no equal sides. The next cell will have to be made to cling to the first. Each cell would be different, and that means, this method of constructing a honeycomb would require that the worker bees would work one at a time. "The points wherethe hexagons come together are so perfect that there is no sign of several beesdoing the work." Bees don't sit around waiting for their turn to build a cell. Instead, everybody's working. They can all pitch in. That way, a honeycomb is basically an easy jigsaw puzzle. All the parts fit. "The honey-combs must have appropriate ventilation and humidity ( 320 degrees) for about 9-10 months." "Hexagon cells of the honey-comb are made out of 6 triangles each measuring exactly 60 degrees." The tighter the honeycomb, the less wax they need. A bee must consume abouteight ounces of honey to produce a single ounce of wax. That's why the hexagon is perfect. The honeycomb is a masterpiece of engineering. It is "absolutely perfect in economizing labor and wax." Karamete, M. "Honey Bees and the Architectural Wonders of Honeycombs." Honey Bees and the Architectural Wonders of Honeycombs. Islamicity. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. . "What Is It About Bees & Hexagons?" NPR. Ed. Robert Krulwich. NPR, 14 May 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2015
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