Design Elements of the Golden Mean Top Bar Hive
Dimensions: 33" L x 19" W x 10" H
The top bars are 18" in length
The 120-degree side angle was derived from a long developmental process where many angles were offered to the bees. The 120-degree side angle was discovered to have the least need for the bees to create brace comb, (wax bees create to the sides of the hive to support the heavy honey combs). The golden mean hive is built using the golden mean ratio i.e. using the pentagon to derive angles because the pentagon is the geometric representation of the golden mean ratio PHI. Length of the hive is PHI times width: i.e. the length of the hive is in PHI ratio to the width. With all that math said, it inspires a very productive and healthy hive colony.