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(TreeHugger)   If you're an artist, it's one thing if you manipulate bees to build trippy-looking beehives inside plexiglass. But do you really need to bring a handful of bees to your face so you can purposely be stung during a performance?   (treehugger.com ) divider line
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2014-07-24 10:57:52 AM  
Maybe he wanted that 'bee stung lips' look.
 
2014-07-24 12:09:01 PM  
This type of thing is sure to create quite a buzz in the art community.
 
2014-07-24 12:11:57 PM  
Sound like this job would be perfect for the newly opened Mayor of La Prairie Position that just opened up. I believe one of the qualifications is not die when swarmed by bees.
 
2014-07-24 12:12:03 PM  

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/O-bee-ligatory
 
2014-07-24 12:12:55 PM  
Cite him for cruelty to animals.
 
2014-07-24 12:18:56 PM  

give me doughnuts: Cite him for cruelty to animals.


I would.  Bees die after they sting.  As if bees don't have enough problems these days.
 
2014-07-24 12:20:14 PM  
Okay, how do these hives stay alive?  If he's immobilizing the queen with the dowels, she can't really lay eggs in cells effectively.
 
2014-07-24 12:28:37 PM  
I hate morons like this "The structure of wax cells is orthohexagonal, which is an inconceivable feature in the natural world and it's a peculiarity of honeybees."

Really?

Inconceivable?

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2014-07-24 12:36:45 PM  
Yes,  otherwise we wouldn't be reading about it now.

/gotta have a gimmick
 
2014-07-24 12:42:15 PM  
The artist is a moron. Orthohexogonal stacking is extremely common in nature.
 
2014-07-24 12:55:34 PM  

meat0918: I hate morons like this "The structure of wax cells is orthohexagonal, which is an inconceivable feature in the natural world and it's a peculiarity of honeybees."

Really?

Inconceivable?

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I've seen a field of Creosote Bush (I think it was - I didn't stop the truck and look) where they were all arranged in a hexagonal lattice. (Draw lines between them and it makes a bunch of hexagons.) Creosote Bush kills other plants in the range of its root system, and they were all about the same size, so the survivors did it more or less on their own.
 
2014-07-24 01:03:26 PM  
I should also say, that if you're interested, my understanding is that the reason for seeing a mathematical looking structure in nature can often be described by either noticing that if you try to put similarly sized circles together most efficiently you get (roughly) hexagons. If you don't believe me, get a whole bunch of nickles and pennies out, put them on the table and make sure none overlap, but that they are reasonably densely packed.

Even better (for a visualization perspective) but time consuming to do, put a point at the center of each of them once you have them packed in, then divide up the plane by which point is closest. You'll get meat0918's picture. You can see more on Wikipedia.
 
2014-07-24 01:14:47 PM  
As a side note, I noticed in the article there is another call to have your own beehives.  Isn't anyone worried that these potentially poorly maintained hobby bee hives might end up a reservoir for bee disease and pests?  I'll admit I am not as versed in bee pests and disease as I am plants.

I'm drawing this from knowing the state I live in mandates you must spray your backyard apple trees for apple maggot, or cut them down, same with cherries and pears and their associated pests, because backyard fruit trees become a threat to commercial operations.
 
2014-07-24 01:58:39 PM  

meat0918: I hate morons like this "The structure of wax cells is orthohexagonal, which is an inconceivable feature in the natural world and it's a peculiarity of honeybees."

Really?

Inconceivable?

[lesleycarter.files.wordpress.com image 422x316]


Reminds me of Fingal's Cave.
 
2014-07-25 09:53:37 AM  
"The structure of wax cells is orthohexagonal, which is an inconceivable feature in the natural world and it's a peculiarity of honeybees."

and wasps and anything else closely related that builds comb.

And for that matter they dont build Othohexagonal. They build round cells. The hexagonal structure comes from the combination of pressure of the other cells around a cell and
filling in all the empty space left between cylinders once the wax has some heat applied to it (from a warm bee inside it). Its built round and naturally morphs into a hexagon. When bees build cells in isolation like queen cells they are clearly round, even drone cells that raise above the level of the regular comb are clearly round not hexagonal because the other cells aren't pushing against it.
 
2014-07-25 11:02:12 AM  
Anyone so desperate for attention to shove angry bees into their own face should most definitely be allowed, nay encouraged, to do.
 
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