Beehive

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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
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

Bee nest: 0.3
Beehive: 0.6

Hardness

Bee nest: 0.3
Beehive: 0.6

Luminant

Yes [verify]

Transparent

No

Flammable

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

Catches fire from lava

Yes

Bee nests are naturally generated blocks that house bees.

Beehives are crafted versions of bee nests.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

A naturally generated bee nest in a Superflat village.

Naturally generated bee nests generate with 3 bees in them.

Bee nests generate in the following biomes with different chances:

Biome Chance[note 1]
JE BE
Plains
Sunflower plains
5%
Flower forest 2% 3%
Forest
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.

Bee nests are most commonly found in the flower forest biome because of its high tree and flower density.

Breaking[edit]

Beehives and bee nests have different behavior on breaking. Both can be mined by any tool or by the player's fist, though they break faster with an axe.

If a bee nest is broken with a tool not enchanted with Silk Touch, it drops nothing and any bees inside emerge angry at the player. If a Silk Touch tool is used, the bee nest drops itself and any bees inside remain inside.

Block Bee Nest Beehive
Hardness 0.3 0.6
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.45 0.9
Wooden 0.25 0.45
Stone 0.25 0.25
Iron 0.25 0.25
Diamond 0.25 0.25
Netherite 0.05 0.25
Golden 0.05 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +
Honeycomb

Post-generation[edit]

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

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.

Dripping honey.

Igniting the hive causes all bees inside to escape from it.

Bees can enter a beehive from the top, bottom, or sides when unobstructed by any block. In Java Edition, bees can only exit from the side of a beehive, when unobstructed by any solid block. In Bedrock Edition, bees can exit from all directions, when unobstructed by any non-full block.

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. 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 or honeycomb causes any bees inside the hive to become aggravated toward the player. If there is a lit campfire within five blocks underneath the hive, without obstruction, or a fire directly underneath the hive, then 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.

The campfire is set into the ground and covered by a carpet to prevent the fire from damaging the bees.
In Java Edition, bees can be protected from the campfire by placing a carpet over it.

In Java Edition, the campfire can be placed below ground level with a carpet on top of it to prevent bees from taking fire damage from the campfire while hovering over it. The carpet does not block the smoke, so the player can harvest the honey without angering the bees.

Redstone component[edit]

Beehives and bee nests have comparator output with a strength equal to the honey level in the block. Once the beehive or bee nest is filled with honey it emits a signal strength of five.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Honey dripsBlocksHoney particle hits a blockblock.beehive.dripsubtitles.block.beehive.drip??16
Bee enters hiveBlocksBee enters a blockblock.beehive.entersubtitles.block.beehive.enter??16
Bee leaves hiveBlocksBee exits a blockblock.beehive.exitsubtitles.block.beehive.exit??16
Shears scrapeBlocksCollecting honeycombsblock.beehive.shearsubtitles.block.beehive.shear??16
Bees workBlocksRandom when a bee is insideblock.beehive.worksubtitles.block.beehive.work??16
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.wood.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.wood.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.wood.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.wood.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.wood?0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.wood??
?Mining the blockhit.wood?0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.wood??
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.wood??
?Walking on the blockstep.wood??
?Placing the blockuse.wood?0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Translation key
Bee Nestbee_nest beehivesblock.minecraft.bee_nest
Beehivebeehive beehivesblock.minecraft.beehive
NameNamespaced ID
Block entitybeehive

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Bee Nestbee_nest 473tile.bee_nest.name
Beehivebeehive 474tile.beehive.name
NameSavegame ID
Block entity?

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.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
facing_direction20
1
2
3
4
5
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
    • Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template
    •  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.


Advancements[edit]

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

Advancement-plain-raw.png

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

Advancement-plain-raw.png

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

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Bee our guestUse a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the bees.15GBronze
Total BeelocationMove and place a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk Touch.30GSilver

History[edit]

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 bee hives.
19w35aOak and birch trees 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.
Bee hives and bee nests are now flammable.
19w36aBee Hive Honey Top Missing.png The top and bottom texture for filled bee hives are now missing.[3]
19w37aBeehive Honey JE1 BE1.png The top and bottom texture for filled bee hives are now fixed.
19w41a"Bee hive" has been renamed to "Beehive."
19w42a"Bee nest" has been renamed to "Bee Nest."
19w46aBees now exit hives only from the front.
Hives no longer drop in creative mode, unless they contain bees.
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.
1.1620w13aBee nests now appear yellow on maps.
Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta 1.14.0.1Bee 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 1.14.0.3"Bee nest" has been renamed to "Bee Nest."
1.16.0beta 1.15.0.51Oak and birch saplings grown within 2 blocks of a flower on the same y-level now have a 5% chance to have a bee nest.
beta 1.16.0.57Bee nests now have a 3% chance to generate in flower forest.
Bee nests now have a 5% chance to generate in plains and sunflower plains.
Bee nests now have a 0.035% chance to generate in forest, wooded hills, birch forest, tall birch forest, birch forest hills, and tall birch hills biomes.

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. See Beehive on Wikipedia.
  • Bee Nests cannot be moved using a piston.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MC-160079
  2. MC-169497 – resolved as "Works as Intended"
  3. MC-160456