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a wax structure built by honeybees for nesting, sheltering their brood, and storing food (honey and beebread). A honeycomb consists of hexagonal prismatic cells arranged on both sides of a common partition, which may be artificial. Four different types of cells are distinguished: worker bee cells, drone cells, transition cells, and queen cells. A honeycomb in a standard hive frame consists of 140–150 g of wax. About 13 mg of wax are used to construct a worker bee cell, and about 30 mg are needed for a drone cell. The size of a honeycomb depends on the shape and size of a hive frame; the honeycombs are arranged vertically in the hive. Honeycombs in standard frames may contain as much as 4 kg of honey. The honeycomb is the most perfect structure built by insects.