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Bee Nest/Beehive
Bee Nest JE1 BE1.pngBee Nest Honey JE1 BE1.png
Beehive JE1 BE1.pngBeehive Honey JE1 BE1.png




Blast resistance

nest: 1.5
hive: 3


nest: 0.3
hive: 0.6





Yes (64)


Beehive: Yes (5)
Bee Nest: Yes (30)

Catches fire from lava




Bee Nest:

Block entity ID


Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values


Bee nests are naturally generated blocks that house bees.

Beehives 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 do not drop anything unless mined with Silk Touch, but hives drop empty if broken without Silk Touch. If broken with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch, the bees remain inside. Otherwise, they emerge from the hive and swarm the player unless a campfire is underneath it.

Block Bee Nest Beehive
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 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.[until JE 1.15.2]

In Java Edition, bee nests generate in the following biomes with different chances:‌[upcoming: JE 1.15.2]

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.

Bee nests always contain several bees when generated.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +


Bee housing[edit]

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


Pollinated bees fly into beehives and start working for a while. When done, they exit the hive, increasing the honey level by 1. When the honey level has reached 5, the block's appearance changes, indicating that it is full of honey, and produces dripping honey particles if suspended above the ground. If shears are used on a full beehive, it drops three honeycombs. Unlike with shearing pumpkins, these honeycomb items are generated directly in the center of the block, causing them to spray everywhere;[1] however this inconsistency is intended.[2] If an empty glass bottle is used on a full beehive, the bottle fills with honey, becoming a honey bottle. Harvesting honey causes any bees inside the hive to become aggravated toward the player. If there is a lit campfire; or fire directly underneath the hive (campfire within five blocks underneath, without obstruction), harvesting the hive does not aggravate the bees inside. Using a dispenser with a glass bottle or shears via redstone to harvest the hive or nest also prevents the bees from attacking the player.

Redstone component[edit]

Beehives and bee nests have comparator output with a strength equal to the honey level in the block.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.wood.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.wood.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.wood.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.wood.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16
Honey drips block.beehive.drip subtitles.block.beehive.drip ? ? ? 16
Bee enters hive block.beehive.enter subtitles.block.beehive.enter ? ? ? 16
Bee leaves hive block.beehive.exit subtitles.block.beehive.exit ? ? ? 16
Shears scrape block.beehive.shear subtitles.block.beehive.shear ? ? ? 16
Bees work ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]


Name Namespaced ID Numerical ID‌[BE only]
Bee Nest bee_nest 473
Beehive beehive 474
Block entity beehive[verify] N/A

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 beehive 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 for this entity to 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.


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


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Bee our guestUse a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the bees.NoNoYesNo15G
Total BeelocationMove and place a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk Touch.NoNoYesNo30G


Java Edition
1.1519w34aBee Nest JE1 BE1.png Bee Nest Honey JE1 BE1.png Added bee nests.
Beehive JE1 BE1.png Beehive Honey JE1 BE1.png Added beehives.
19w35aTrees generated from saplings can no longer have bee nests.[more information needed]
Bee nests now cannot generate unless there is air in front of the front side of the nest.
Beehives and bee nests are now flammable.
19w36aBee Hive Honey Top Missing.png The top and bottom texture for filled beehives are now missing.[3]
19w37aBeehive Honey JE1 BE1.png The top and bottom texture for filled beehives are now fixed.
19w41a"Bee hive" has now been renamed to "Beehive".
19w42a"Bee nest" has now been renamed to "Bee Nest".
19w46aBees now exit hives only from the front.
Hives no longer drop in creative mode, unless they contain bees.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.15.2Pre-Release 1Oak and birch saplings grown within 2 blocks of a flower on the same y-level have a 5% chance to have a bee nest
Bee nests now have a 2% chance to spawn in flower forests.
Bee nests now have a 0.2% chance to spawn in forest, wooded hills, birch forest, tall birch forest, birch forest hills, and tall birch hills biomes.
Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta Nest JE1 BE1.png Bee Nest Honey JE1 BE1.png Added bee nests.
Beehive JE1 BE1.png Beehive Honey JE1 BE1.png Added beehives.
beta"Bee nest" has now been renamed to "Bee Nest".


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


  • The terminology of a beehive being a man-made enclosure for bees is correct, as opposed to a naturally occurring bee nest.[4]

See also[edit]