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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 is the second most common still life, being less common than block but over three times as common as loaf.[1] Beehives are frequently born in a set of four called honey farm, and a lone beehive can be turned 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 predecessor) 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.

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