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Bee types.gif
Bee types.gif
Bee types BE.gif
Bee types BE.gif
Health points




Attack strength

Easy: 2♥
Normal: 2♥
Hard: 3♥♥
1♥ per 1.25 sec
Normal: Poison for 10 sec (♥♥♥♥)
Hard: Poison for 18 sec (♥ × 7)


Height: 0.6 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks
Height: 0.3 Blocks
Width: 0.3 Blocks


See § Spawning

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Bees are neutral mobs that live in bee nests and beehives. If provoked, bees attack in a swarm to sting the player and inflict poison.


Natural generation[edit]

Naturally generated bee nests generate with 3 bees in them.

In Java Edition, bee nests generate in the following biomes with different chances:

Biome Chance[note 1]
Sunflower plains
Flower forest 2%
Wooded hills
Birch forest
Tall birch forest
Birch forest hills
Tall birch hills
  1. The chance for each naturally-generated oak or birch tree to have a bee nest.

In Bedrock Edition, Bee nests generate hanging from naturally-generated oak and birch trees found in plains, sunflower plains and flower forest biomes. A tree in these biomes has a 5% chance to have a bee nest.

Bee nests are most commonly found in the Flower Forest biome because of its high tree density.


Oak and Birch trees grown from saplings that are within 2 blocks of any flower have 5% change to grow with bee nest and 2 Bees in it.


Upon death, adult bees drop 1–3 experience orbs when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Like other baby animals, killing a baby bee yields no experience.


Bees do not fly (like ghasts or the ender dragon), but instead hover a few blocks above the ground similar to bats.

Bees are considered arthropods and take increased damage against the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.[1] They also take damage when touching water.

Bees can be attached to a lead, even when angered. They will still attack while attached.


Bees leave their nest one by one during the day. They fly around their nests, and are attracted by flowers. After circling a flower for a while, a bee will collect pollen. A bee carrying pollen changes its texture to include pollen spots on its back and drops pollen particles similar to water droplets falling.

Bees that have pollen pollinate wheat, potatoes, carrots, beetroots, melon, pumpkin, nether wart and sweet berry bushes they fly over. When one of these plants gets pollinated, it advances to another growth stage, similar to using bone meal. In order to pollinate a plant, the particles that drop must touch it directly. A bee can only fertilize plants 10 times each time they have pollen, and there is a small wait time between pollinating each plant.


A bee coming out of a bee nest.

Bees live together in colonies and take any beehive that has enough space as its home. One beehive can house up to 3 bees. Homeless bees wander around searching for empty beehives. Bees can enter a beehive from any side, but only exit from the front. One-way bee-gates can be made in this way.

Bees return to their nest when it rains and when it is night. Bees stay in their nest or hive for at least 2400 game ticks (2 minutes) before coming back out. Bees that come out keep their data (health, name, etc).

Breaking a nest or hive[verify] that contains bees will release all the bees. If a bee nest containing bees is harvested using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch, the bees inside will be kept, with their respective data, in the hive and when placed, they can exit it again.

When a bee that has pollen enters and then leaves its nest or hive, the honey level of the nest/hive is increased by one. When the honey level of that hive reaches 5, the player can harvest it.


Bee (sting).pngBee (stingless).png

All bees nearby are angered when an individual is attacked or when a beehive is destroyed. Hitting or walking on a nest does not anger bees; it must be destroyed to anger them. When destroyed, a beehive releases any bees that it contained; these bees will be angered. If the beehive is destroyed with a Silk Touch tool, bees outside the hive will become angry ‌[Bedrock Edition only], while those kept within it will be neutral even after the hive is placed again.

Bees attack and swarm the player as a group when angered, and the eyes of angered bees turn red. Collecting a honeycomb or a honey bottle from a nest or hive causes the bees from that nest or hive to leave and swarm the player, unless a campfire is placed below the hive; lighting any block on fire under a hive or nest also works. Bees do not attack in Peaceful difficulty.

After attacking and poisoning the player, bees lose their stinger. Bees cannot attack the player if they have already lost their stinger. Bees that have attacked a player or other mob and thus lost their stinger will die in approximately one minute. However, the death is not hardcoded into the game thus the death of bees can be delayed with potions (Regeneration/Resistance/Absorption) that have a 255 potency.

Bees also swarm and attack other mobs when damaged, for example, if a skeleton accidentally shoots a bee.


Bees follow players holding flowers. If the player is standing still and being followed by bees, the bees go toward the player, face the player, and rest on the ground. They do this until the player moves.

If bees are given a flower, they enter love mode and pair up to create baby bees, granting the player 1-7 experience. The parent bees have a cool down of 5 minutes before they can breed again. Babies take 20 minutes (1 in-game day) to grow up. The growth of baby bees can be accelerated using flowers; each use reduces the remaining time by 10%. It should be noted, however, that both the breeding cooldown timer and the growing-up timer do not count down while bees are in a hive; thus, actively working bees may take much longer to grow up or be ready to breed compared to other mobs.

The flower can be any of the 1- or 2-block flowers. The wither rose, which is ordinarily harmful, has no harmful effect when used like this.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Bee diesFriendly Creatures? entity.bee.death subtitles.entity.bee.death 1.01.016
Bee hurtsFriendly Creatures? entity.bee.hurt subtitles.entity.bee.hurt 1.01.0 / 1.216
Bee buzzesFriendly Creatures? entity.bee.loop subtitles.entity.bee.loop 0.6 / 0.65 / 0.7 / 0.751.016
Bee buzzes angrilyFriendly Creatures? entity.bee.loop_aggressive subtitles.entity.bee.loop_aggressive 0.81.016
Bee buzzes happilyFriendly Creatures? entity.bee.pollinate subtitles.entity.bee.pollinate 0.81.016
Bee stingsFriendly Creatures? entity.bee.sting subtitles.entity.bee.sting 1.00.816


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png Bee Our GuestUse a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the beesHusbandryhusbandry/safely_harvest_honey
Advancement-plain-raw.png The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryhusbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-plain-raw.png Total BeelocationMove a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk TouchHusbandryhusbandry/silk_touch_nest
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Two by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 15 mobs. Note: a trader llama does not count as a llama. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.husbandry/bred_all_animals

Data values[edit]

Entity data[edit]

Bees have entity data associated with them that contains various properties of the mob.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed see Template:Nbt inherit/breedable/template
    •  HivePos: Coordinates of its hive.
      •  X: X coordinate.
      •  Y: Y coordinate.
      •  Z: Z coordinate.
    •  FlowerPos: Stores coordinates of the flower it is circling.
      •  X: X coordinate.
      •  Y: Y coordinate.
      •  Z: Z coordinate.
    •  HasNectar: Whether it is carrying pollen.
    •  HasStung: Whether it has stung a mob or player.
    •  TicksSincePollination: Number of ticks passed since its last pollination.
    •  CannotEnterHiveTicks: Time left in ticks until the bee can enter a beehive. Used when the bee is angered and released from the hive by a player, but smoked by a campfire.
    •  CropsGrownSincePollination: How many crops has the bee grown since its last pollination. Used to limit number of crops it can grow.
    •  Anger: Time left in ticks until the bee's anger ends. If this is zero, it is not angry.
    •  HurtBy: An empty string or a string UUID that records the player that has attacked the bee.


Java Edition
1.1519w34aBee.gif Bee.gif Added bees.
Bee (angry).gif Bee (angry).gif Bees and baby bees can become angry and attack the player.
Bee with nectar.gif Bee with nectar.gif Bees and baby bees can pollinate flowers and show the nectar on them after doing so.
Bee with nectar (angry) Revision 1.gif Bee with nectar (angry).gif Bees and baby bees that have pollinated flowers can become angry and attack the player.
19w35aBees now try to avoid water.
Bee nests now spawn less frequently making bees more rare.
Breeding bees now counts towards the "Two by Two" advancement.
19w36aBees are now affected by the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.
Bees are now able to pollinate on lilac, rose bush and peony flowers.
Bee texture change 19w34a to 19w36a.gif The textures of bees have now been tweaked. The gradation part for picking up the color has been removed and the translucent pixels are now fully transparent[2].
"bee_angry_nectar" now has same pollen pattern as "bee_nectar", which has changed the textures from Bee with nectar (angry) Revision 1.png to Bee with nectar (angry).png[3].
Bees no longer stop flying after reaching the player they are following.
19w41aBees now "eat" honey blocks.
19w46aBees now only exit beehives from the front.
1.15.2pre1Bees no longer anger when a nearby nest/hive is destroyed using a Silk Touch tool.
Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta BE.gif Bee BE.gif Added bees.
Bee (angry) BE.gif Bee (angry) BE.gif Bees and baby bees can become angry and attack the player.
Bee with nectar BE.gif Bee with nectar BE.gif Bees and baby bees can pollinate flowers and show the nectar on them after doing so.
Bee with nectar (angry) BE.gif Bee with nectar (angry) BE.gif Bees and baby bees that have pollinated flowers can become angry and attack the player.


Issues relating to "Bee" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.




  1. "Minecraft 19w36a" –, July 3, 2019
  2. MC-159560
  3. MC-159743
  4. "MINECON Live 2019"Minecraft, September 28, 2019 – via YouTube

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