What is it about the six-sided hexagon that makes it such a perfect shape for storing honey? It’s an efficient design! Just ask a bee, one of nature’s finest mathematicians, or watch this TED Ed by Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson: Why do honeybees love hexagons?

Further reading: Krulwich wonders: What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

In the archives: more bee videos, including Dance of the Honey Bee, How Bees See the Invisible, and a close-up on those amazing, honey-filled hexagons in this video of honeycombs being harvested by hand.