Stingless Tetragonula Bees Build Their Combs Like a Crystal

Stingless Tetragonula Bees Build Their Combs Like a Crystal
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According to a new study led by University of Cambridge researchers, the processes that drive atoms or molecules to aggregate as a crystal have the same mathematical structure as the processes that drive stingless bees of the genus Tetragonula when making their combs. Combs of two species of the stingless bee Tetragonula showing structures of (top left) target patterns of Tetragonula carbonaria, (top right) spirals of Tetragonula carbonaria, (bottom left) double spirals Tetragonula carbonaria and (bottom right) more disordered terraces of Tetragonula hockingsi. Image credit: Elke Haege / Tim Heard. Tetragonula is a genus of over 30 species in […]

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