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Bee types.gif
Bee types.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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Namespaced ID


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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]

Bees spawn in small groups around bee nests hanging from oak and birch trees found in Plains, Sunflower Plains and Flower Forest biomes. Every tree in these biomes has a 5% chance to have a bee nest only during world generation. Bee nests are most commonly found in the Flower Forest biome because of its tree density, as opposed to the few scattered trees found in the other biomes.


Both baby and adult bees drop no items nor experience upon death, regardless of the cause.[verify]


A bee coming out of a bee nest.

Bees fly around their nests, and are attracted by flowers. After circling a flower for a while a bee can collect pollen. A bee carrying pollen changes its texture to include pollen spots on its back and emits pollen particles.

Bees that have pollen have a chance to pollinate wheat, potatoes, carrots, beetroots, melon stems, pumpkin stems, and sweet berry bushes they fly over. When a crop is pollinated, it advances to another growth stage, similar to using bone meal. A bee can only fertilize crops 10 times when they have pollen, and there is a small wait time between pollinating each crop.

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. Bees stay in their nest or hive for at least 2400 game ticks (2 minutes) before coming back out.

Bee (sting).pngBee (stingless).png

Bees follow players holding small 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.

Bees that enter and then leave their nest/hive keep their data (name, health, etc).

Bees return to their nest when it rains. They do the same when night falls.

As they are arthropods in real life, bees are considered arthropods in Minecraft and take increased damage against the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.[1]

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


All bees nearby are angered when one individual is attacked, or when a nest is destroyed. Hitting or walking on a nest does not anger bees; it must be destroyed to anger them.

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. Placing a campfire below the hive prevents the bees from swarming when comb or honey is harvested. Bees do not attack in Peaceful difficulty.

After attacking and poisoning the player, bees lose their stinger and die within 50–60 seconds. Bees do not attack the player if they have already lost their stinger. Bees can, therefore, attack only once.

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


If bees are given a flower, they enter love mode and pair off to create baby bees, granting the player a small amount of 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%.

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.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Bee dies entity.bee.death subtitles.entity.bee.death Friendly Creatures 1.0 1.0 16
Bee hurts entity.bee.hurt subtitles.entity.bee.hurt Friendly Creatures 1.0 / 1.2 1.0 16
Bee buzzes entity.bee.loop subtitles.entity.bee.loop Friendly Creatures 1.0 0.6 / 0.65 / 0.7 / 0.75 16
Bee buzzes angrily entity.bee.loop_aggressive subtitles.entity.bee.loop_aggressive Friendly Creatures 1.0 0.8 16
Bee buzzes happily entity.bee.pollinate subtitles.entity.bee.pollinate Friendly Creatures 1.0 0.8 16
Bee stings entity.bee.sting subtitles.entity.bee.sting Friendly Creatures 0.8 1.0 16


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Two by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 14 mobs. Note: a trader llama does not count as a llama. In Java Edition 1.15,‌[upcoming] bees are also required for the advancement. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft: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
    •  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.


Upcoming 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.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta 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.


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  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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