I am trying to fill a circle with a hexagonal arrangement of smaller circles in Illustrator. This is easily done by creating a pattern (as pattern have options for hexagonal tessellation) and then filling the circle with this pattern.
However, I want to manually remove all the circles which intersect with the boundary of the containing circle.
I have tried "expanding" the fill of the larger circle in order to be able to individually select the smaller "fill" circles. However, this only allows me to select a unit of tessellation, not the actual circles themselves:
How would I go about selecting (and deleting) individual circles?