Honeybees Know the Secret to the Most Effective Construction

By: | August 21st, 2014

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Bees are curious insects. They are constantly busy and highly intelligent. They have evolved to fit honey in the most amount of space with the least amount of resources, making them excellent mathematicians. They utilize the hexagon, and it works perfectly for their cause.

You would think the circle would stand as the best solution. But it leaves gaps between itself, which wastes valuable space. Other shapes don’t compare to the hexagon either. The square and triangle don’t mimic the circle as well. The pentagon doesn’t stack perfectly. The hexagon has become their solution.

Surprisingly, a great deal of nature makes use of the hexagon. The concept draws back to sacred geometry, at its most basic form overlapping circles from the radius will naturally form a hexagon. The pattern is found in cellular structures spiderwebs and a bunch of other places, but the best example of this is the beehive.

Even our technology utilizes hexagon patterns, like solar panels, digital imaging, and architecture. Like nature, we find it structurally ideal for a multitude of engineering tasks.

Bees have been making honey for as long as they have evolved to do so, but only now are we realizing the true genius in how they store and utilize it. Some of the simplest solutions can come from observing nature.

Austin Miller

I am an aspiring physicist, with an interest in art and technology.

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