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Beehive image
Pattern type Strict still life
Number of cells 6
Bounding box 4×3
Discovered by John Conway
Year of discovery 1970

Beehive is a 6-cell still life. It can be seen as a weld of two tubs.


The beehive is the second most common still life in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being less common than block but over three times as common as loaf.[1] The beehive is also the third most common object on Adam P. Goucher's Catagolue.[2]


Beehives are frequently born in a set of four called honey farm.

It is possible to turn a single beehive into one by adding a corner (turning it into a bun), adding a cell to the "tip" of it (the bit with one cell, adding it to the longer end will result in a R-pentomino grandson) or by adding one cell inside it. There are also formations of two beehives that also occur fairly commonly, evolving from seeds known as butterfly and teardrop.

A beehive can be eaten with a block, a reaction that allows the construction of the queen bee shuttle and further patterns based on it.

See also


  1. Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
  2. Adam P. Goucher. "Statistics". Catagolue. Retrieved on June 24, 2016.

External links

  • Beehive at Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Life