Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bees, Honeycombs, Circles, and Hexagons and Creative Challenges

I read a very interesting article in the newspaper today about bees and honeycombs and the shape of honeycombs.
Did you know that bees spit out wax for honeycombs while turning in a circle? Did you know that honeycombs are actually round and not shaped like a hexagon? Do these honeycombs look like a hexagon? Yes, they do. Do you know why?

When circles are pushed together and compressed, they become hexagons which is one of the most effective shapes for storing honey, except for circles. Bees spit out wax while spinning in a circle, remember?

Now, does that make sense? I think so.

Next, look at the colors here. Is there more than one color in the honey comb? How many colors do you see?

Now, for the creative challenge. Make a piece of art: a bead, a drawing, a painting, a vessel, a type of glass: You get the picture. Take a picture and send it to me. I'd love to see what you create. I'll feature you in my blog! Let me know. This could be interesting.

1 comment:

Deb said...

Now I have just learned something!
It's very cool information Ms M (& I must admit I just love the the smell of honey & beeswax!)

I'll try to think of something to make for your challenge.
Although that said I did paint an entire backdrop for a school production once as a continuoous honeycomb.
(I also found a way to!)