bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Bees don't really make hexagons

Honeycomb cells have an hexagonal shape not because the bees set out to make hexagons, says Adams Hart-Davies (he with the new triangle beard) in the UK's Daily Telegraph today. They build tubes to fit into and
...six tubes fit neatly round one tube, and because the party walls deform slightly from the pressure of the neighbours, the shape of each cell looks hexagonal.


Blogger Rufus said...

How does he know that? The things look pretty evenly hexagonal to me.

2:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Play with bubbles, and you'll see the same thing happen. The bees don't know how to make hexagons -- they know how to make bubbles.

12:59 pm  

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