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Beehive
Bee Nest.pngBee Nest Honey.png
Beehive.pngBeehive Honey.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

nest: 1.5
hive: 3

Hardness

nest: 0.3
hive: 0.6

Tool

Renewable

nest: No
hive: Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

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

Catches fire from lava

Yes

Drops

Beehive:

Bee Nest:

Block entity ID

beehive

Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Tags
#beehives
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Bee nests are naturally generated blocks that house bees.

Beehives are crafted versions of bee nests.

Obtaining[edit]

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
Tool
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 oak and birch trees found in plains, sunflower plains and flower forest biomes, containing several bees. A tree in these biomes has a 5% chance to have a bee nest, only during world generation. Bee nests are more commonly found in the flower forest biome because that biome has more trees than the others.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +
Honeycomb

Usage[edit]

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 to work.

Harvesting[edit]

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. 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 directly underneath the hive (within five blocks, without obstruction), harvesting the hive does not aggravate the bees inside.

Sounds[edit]

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 block.wood.place subtitles.block.generic.place 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 block.beehive.work subtitles.block.beehive.work ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

ID[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
facingnortheast
north
south
west
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the block.
honey_level00
1
2
3
4
5
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 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.


Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png Bee Our GuestUse a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the beesHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/safely_harvest_honey
Advancement-plain-raw.png Total BeelocationMove a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk TouchHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/silk_touch_nest

History[edit]

Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w34aBee Nest.png Bee Nest Honey.png Added bee nests.
Beehive.png Beehive Honey.png Added beehives.
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.
Beehives and bee nests are now flammable.
19w36aBee Hive Honey Top Missing.png The top and bottom texture for filled beehives are now missing.[1]
19w37aBeehive Honey.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 will now only exit hives from the front.
Hives will no longer drop in Creative mode unless they contain any bees.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta 1.14.0.1Bee Nest.png Bee Nest Honey.png Added bee nests.
Beehive.png Beehive Honey.png Added beehives.
beta 1.14.0.3"Bee nest" has now been renamed to "Bee Nest".

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • The terminology of a beehive being a man-made enclosure for bees is correct, as opposed to a naturally occurring bee nest.[2]

References[edit]

  1. MC-160456
  2. Beehive on Wikipedia