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For the mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Bee.
Bee types.gif
Bee types.gif
Bee types BE.gif
Bee types BE.gif
Health points



Passive (Peaceful difficulty and when a campfire is under a bee nest)

Attack strength

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

Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Height: 0.6 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks
Height: 0.3 Blocks
Width: 0.35 Blocks
In Bedrock Edition:
Height: 0.5 Blocks
Width: 0.55 Blocks
Height: 0.25 Blocks
Width: 0.275 Blocks


See § Spawning

Items usable on

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.

Bee nests generate in the following biomes with different chances:

Biome Chance[note 1]
Sunflower plains
5% 5%
Flower forest 2% 3%
Wooded hills
Birch forest
Tall birch forest
Birch forest hills
Tall birch hills
0.2% 0.035%
  1. The chance for each naturally-generated oak or birch tree to have a bee nest.


Oak and birch trees grown from saplings that are within 2 blocks of any flower have a 5% chance to grow with bee nest and 1–3 bees in it.


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

Upon breeding successfully, 1–7 is dropped.

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 from the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.[1] They also take damage when touching water.

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

Bees usually venture up to 22 blocks from their beehive to find something they can pollinate or attack someone.

A bee can fly horizontally and vertically upward through scaffolding but does not fly downward. A bee does not fly through an open trap door or regular door on its own (a bee can be led through a door with a flower) but babies can fly through the gap above a fence gate in a 1×2 doorway.


A bee nest must spawn within two blocks horizontally or vertically from any flowers for the bees inside to leave the nest. Bees leave their nest one by one during the day. They fly around their nests, and are attracted by flowers. After circling a flower or berry bush for about 30 seconds while making happy buzzing sounds, a bee collects 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 stems, pumpkin stems and berry bushes they fly over. When one of these plants gets pollinated, it advances to another growth stage, similar to using bone meal. To pollinate a plant, the particles that drop must touch it directly. A bee can fertilize plants 10 times each time they have pollen, and there is a short wait time between pollinating each plant.

Afterward, the bee flies back into its hive/nest and makes honey. It takes about 2 minutes for the bee to do this. That increases the amount of honey in a hive/nest by 1. When the amount reaches 5, honey can be seen dripping from the bottom and front of the hive/nest. A hive/nest must have 5 honey inside before a player can collect honeycombs or honey bottles.


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 exit only from the front. One-way bee-gates can be made in this way.

Bees return to their nest when it rains or when it is night. They return even when in biomes that don't rain like desert. They stay in their nest or hive for at least 2400 game ticks (2 minutes) before coming back out. The bees that come out keep their data (health, name, etc.).

Breaking a nest or hive that contains bees releases all the bees. If a bee nest containing bees is harvested using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch, the bees inside are kept, with their corresponding data, in the hive, and they can exit the hive again when it is placed.

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.


Main article: Damage
Bee stings.gif

All bees nearby are angered when an individual bee is attacked, honey is collected (unless a campfire is placed under the nest), or 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, and these bees are angry. If the beehive is destroyed with a Silk Touch tool, bees outside the hive become angry ‌[Bedrock Edition only][2], while those kept within it remain 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 that are currently in that nest or hive to leave and swarm the player unless a campfire is placed below the hive. Bees attack only once, similar to llamas, and non-aggressive pandas. Bees do not attack in Peaceful difficulty.

If the player deflects a bee's attack with a shield, the bee continues attacking until it succeeds in hitting the player.

Bee (sting).pngBee (stingless).png

When a bee's attack on a player succeeds, the player is poisoned. A bee loses its stinger after a successful attack, cannot attack further, and dies approximately one minute later. This can be delayed with potions (Regeneration/Resistance/Absorption) that have a 255 potency.

It is possible to (quickly) breed at least one angered bee with another, even if it or they had stung and lost the stinger. However, they remain angered and still die later due to being stingerless.

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

Bees become neutral if they fail to land a hit on their target within a certain time limit.

Honey Blocks[edit]

Main article: Honey Block

Bees attach themselves to honey blocks, as if they are "eating" the block.


Main article: Breeding

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 cooldown 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%. Thus, bees that are not actively working take much longer to grow up or be ready to breed compared to other mobs.

Any of the 1- or 2-block flowers can be used for breeding, including the wither rose, even though it usually harms bees that touch it.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Bee diesFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.deathsubtitles.entity.bee.death1.01.016
Bee hurtsFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.hurtsubtitles.entity.bee.hurt1.01.0 / 1.216
Bee buzzesFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.loopsubtitles.entity.bee.loop0.6 / 0.65 / 0.7 / 0.751.016
Bee buzzes angrilyFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.loop_aggressivesubtitles.entity.bee.loop_aggressive0.81.016
Bee buzzes happilyFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.pollinatesubtitles.entity.bee.pollinate0.81.016
Bee stingsFriendly Creatures?entity.bee.stingsubtitles.entity.bee.sting1.00.816


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


Bee Our Guest
Use a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the beesHusbandryUse a bottle on a beehive or bee nest while not angering the bees inside.husbandry/safely_harvest_honey


The Parrots and the Bats
Breed two animals togetherHusbandryhusbandry/breed_an_animal


Total Beelocation
Move a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk TouchHusbandryhusbandry/silk_touch_nest


Two by Two
Breed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 19 mobs. A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.husbandry/bred_all_animals


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Bee our guest.pngBee our guestUse a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the bees.15GBronze
Total Beelocation.pngTotal BeelocationMove and place a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk Touch.30GSilver
Sticky Situation.pngSticky SituationSlide down a honey block to slow your fall.30GSilver

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Beebee beehive_inhabitorsentity.minecraft.bee

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

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

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed see Template:Nbt inherit/breedable/template
    • Additional fields for mobs that can become angry see Template:Nbt inherit/angerable/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.


Java Edition
1.1519w34aBee.gif Bee.gif Added bees and baby 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 rarer.
Breeding bees now counts toward the "Two by Two" advancement.
19w36aBees are now affected by the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.
Bees are now able to pollinate on a lilac, rose bush, and peony flowers.
Bee texture change 19w34a to 19w36a.gif The textures of bees have been tweaked. The gradation part for picking up the color has been removed and the translucent pixels are now fully transparent.[3]
"bee_angry_nectar" now has same pollen pattern as "bee_nectar", which has changed the textures from Bee with nectar (angry) Revision 1.gif to Bee with nectar (angry).gif.[4]
Bees no longer stop flying after reaching the player they are following.
19w41aBees now "eat" honey blocks.
19w46aBees now exit beehives only from the front.
1.15.2pre1Bees no longer anger when a nearby nest/hive is destroyed using a Silk Touch tool.
Bees now remember how many crops they have pollinated.
Bees no longer stay in the hive/nest forever after riding a minecart or boat.
1.1620w12aThe maximum distance a bee can wander away from its home hive when randomly wandering has been reduced to around 22 blocks.
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.
1.16.0beta no longer fly faster when swarming a player or mob.


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  • Bees are the first flying arthropods, meaning that they are affected by the Bane of Arthropods enchantment. The other arthropods are silverfish, endermites, spiders, and cave spiders.
  • Bees are the only arthropod mob that can exist in Peaceful difficulty and are not necessary to earn the Monster Hunter/Monsters Hunted advancements.
  • Bees were made to be half a block in size because Mojang considered this size to be the cutest.[5]
  • In Bedrock Edition, although wither roses are harmful to all living mobs, bees are not damaged by feeding them wither roses.
  • Bees pollinate the top half of sunflower blocks.
  • In real life, baby bees look nothing like their adult counterpart, but are larvae instead.
  • Real honeybees come in three types: Worker, queen, and drone. Worker bees are the only ones that collect nectar and make honey, while queens and drones are the only bees capable of repopulating the hive. Minecraft bees are a combination of the three.
  • Bees and creepers are the only mobs that die from their own attack.
  • When a bee is about to sting, the sting can be blocked if the player has a shield activated.


  1. "Minecraft 19w36a" –, July 3, 2019
  2. MCPE-83550
  3. MC-159560
  4. MC-159743
  5. "MINECON Live 2019" – Minecraft on YouTube, September 28, 2019

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