Bee Geometry — Why Are Bees Crazy About Hexagons?

And what math lessons have we learned from bees?

Cartoon picture of bee at honeycomb.
Photo by Mohamed-Hassan from Pixabay

Charles Darwin said of the honeycomb that it was, “absolutely perfect in economizing labor and wax.”

During one of my nature rambles, I looked up into a tree and saw a beehive — with its hexagonal honeycomb — hanging from one of its branches. I thought: How do bees make such



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Gauri Sirur

Gauri Sirur

I write about nature, my life experiences, culture, and anything that intrigues me. Occasionally, I dabble in poetry and fiction.