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ADAM HART-DAVIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ADAM HART-DAVIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Honeycomb of the honeybee Apis mellifera showing the hexagonal cells made largely from wax secretions from the body of the worker bees. Honeybees in the wild build hives in the hollow of trees and rock crevices. They are built in vertical sheets with cells on both sides. The cells are used for egg-laying and the outer `ones for the storage of pollen and honey. They are sloped at an angle of 13 degrees from the horizontal, sufficient to prevent the honey from running out before the cells are capped with wax.
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