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x = 6, y = 5, rule = B3/S23 2b2o$bo2bo$ob2obo$bo2bo$2b2o! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C Still life
Pattern type Strict still life
Number of cells 12
Bounding box 6×5
Frequency class 31.3
Discovered by Unknown
Year of discovery Unknown

Honeycomb (or super beehive[1]) is a symmetric 12-cell still life.

It contains a photonegative beehive.


Among the 121 still lifes with 12 cells, this is the 76th most common still life according to Catagolue.

Glider synthesis

A 5-glider synthesis of this still life was found by bubblegum in October 2020 with a Catagolue-based random glider synthesis searching script.[2]

In other rules

As for isotropic non-totalistic rules, the honeycomb is common in S8 rules from B3i/S2cik3acy8 to B2-ae34-e5-y678/S01c2345-i678, as a six-cell row (also the core of worker bee) evolves into one. It is also common in S2-i rules from B3i/S2ck3cy to B2-ae34-ew5-y678/S012-i345678, where it evolves from a phi spark.

See also


  1. "Super beehive". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on May 2, 2009.
  2. Ian07 (October 16, 2020). Re: Randomly enumerating glider syntheses (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums

External links

  • 12.120 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs