Of course, as the baby bees mature, they emerge in that same spiral pattern, the first-laid at the center and the newer ones progressively outward. Finally the queen goes back to the center and starts over again with yet another first white egg in a newly-cleaned cell.
The fact that they've been doing it this way for 140 million years doesn't make it less artistic. It's beautiful. Do they do it because they "have" to? Well, yes, I suppose so. But maybe each queen considers her options and says, "Spirals! That'll look gorgeous!" And we have a continuous wax canvas in front of us.
BEEattitude for Day # 59:
Blessed are those who choose to see beauty around them, for they shall be uplifted.
One thing Fran is grateful for right now:
Hot oatmeal on a cold morning.
Photos are from the public domain.