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Bees initially make circular cells and use their body heat to turn the wax into a viscous liquid. Then the surface tension at the 3-point junctions pulls the wax into a hexagonal shape.

Bees initially make circular cells and use their body heat to turn the wax into a viscous liquid. Then the surface tension at the junctions pulls the wax into a hexagonal shape.

Sun Hives, a new hive design gathering world-wide interest, are part of the movement towards "apicentric" beekeeping – beekeeping that prioritizes honeybees firstly as pollinators, with honey production being a secondary goal. The Sun Hive is modeled on the traditional European skep hive, and is aimed at creating a hive that maximizes colony health. (Click through for more.)

The Sun Hive: Natural Beekeeping - a hive design from Germany (gathering interest in Britain). 'Apicentric’ beekeeping prioritizes honeybees as pollinators, with honey production a secondary goal.