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Over many years, scientists have pondered the question of how honeycomb cells become hexagon shaped. The answer is, like with so many things, we don't really know. Hexagons fit together very neatly, and are a far more efficient shape than circles, which leave a lot of wasted space when placed next to one another. The cells do start off as circles, as we know from seeing their early formation in the hive, but how they then become hexagons has been much debated. The two main trains of thought are firstly, that the bees simply make them into hexagons as they force their bodies into the cells pushing the cell walls outwards, but others think it's rather more complicated than this, and to do with the wax heating to melting point, which the surface tension then pulls into hexagonal shapes. However it happens, they certainly are very pleasing to look at. Well done again, bees!