Bee hive

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Bee nests are naturally generated blocks that house bees.

Bee hives are crafted versions of bee nests.


A bee flying next to a bee nest.

Hives can be mined by any tool or by the player's fist, though they break faster with an axe. Bee nests will not drop anything unless mined with Silk Touch, but hives will drop empty if broken without Silk Touch. If broken with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch, the bees will remain inside. Otherwise, they will come out of the hive and swarm the player unless a campfire is underneath it.

Block Bee nest Bee hive
Hardness 0.3 0.6
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.45 0.9
Wooden 0.25 0.45
Stone 0.15 0.25
Iron 0.1 0.15
Diamond 0.1 0.15
Golden 0.05 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Natural generation[edit]

A naturally generated bee nest in a Superflat village.

Bee nests generate naturally on trees in flower forests, plains, and sunflower plains biomes. They always generate facing south.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +


Bee housing[edit]

The hives can house up to 3 bees at a time. Bees will fly into the nest at night, during rain and after pollinating to work.


Pollinated bees will fly into bee hives and start working for a while. When done, they will exit the hive, increasing the honey level by 1. When the honey level has reached 5, the block's appearance will change to be full of honey, and will produce dripping honey particles if suspended above the ground. If shears are used on a full bee hive, it will drop three honeycombs. If an empty glass bottle is used on a full bee hive, it will fill the bottle with honey, giving a honey bottle. Any bees inside the hive when harvesting will become aggravated towards the player. If there is a lit campfire directly underneath the hive (within five blocks, without obstruction), the bees inside will not become aggravated when harvesting it.

Data values[edit]


Bee hive Namespaced ID
Bee hive bee_hive
Bee nest bee_nest
Block entity beehive

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the block.
Every pollinated bee that leaves the hive after working increases the honey level by one. When at level 5, honey can be bottled or honeycombs can be harvested.

Block entity[edit]

A bee hive has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

  • Block entity data
    •  FlowerPos: Stores the location of a flower, so other bees can go to it.
      •  X: X coordinate of the flower.
      •  Y: Y coordinate of the flower.
      •  Z: Z coordinate of the flower.
    •  Bees: Entities currently in the hive.
      • An entity in the hive.
        •  MinOccupationTicks: The minimum amount of time in ticks that this entity will stay in the hive.
        •  TicksInHive: The amount of ticks the entity has stayed in the hive.
        •  EntityData: The NBT data of the entity in the hive.


Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w34aBee nest.pngBee nest Honey.pngAdded bee nests.
Bee Hive.pngBee hive Honey.pngAdded bee hives.
19w35aTrees generated from saplings can no longer have bee nests.
Bee nests now cannot generate unless there is air in front of the front side of the nest.
19w36aBee Hive Honey Top Missing.png The top texture for filled bee hives is missing, causing a glitched texture.
19w37aBee hive Honey.png Fixed the top texture of bee hives.


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  • The terminology of a bee hive being a man-made enclosure for bees is correct, as opposed to a naturally occurring bee nest.[1]


  1. Beehive on Wikipedia