Bee (Minecraft)

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Bees have red eyes when angered and pollen on them when carrying it.
Name Bee
Health 10 (Heart.pngHeart.pngHeart.pngHeart.pngHeart.png)
Damage 2 (Heart.png) (easy/normal)
3 (Heart.pngHalf Heart.png) (hard)
Hostility Neutral
Spawn Plains- and Forest-like biomes
Breeding any Flower any Flower
Source Mod Minecraft

Bee is an insect added by vanilla Minecraft. 3 of them will spawn in Plains and Forest biomes in a Bee Nest. Bee Nests have a lesser chance to spawn in a Forest, but, since Forest has more trees, the player has a bigger chance to find them there. Oak and Birch trees grown from saplings that are within 2 blocks of any flower also have a 5% chance to grow with bee nest and 1–3 bees in it.‌ Bees don't drop anything.


Bees do not actually fly, but instead hover a few blocks above the ground similar to bats. They are damaged when in Water, like Striders and Endermen, so, when you accidentally angered them, you can run to a nearby lake to hide from them (just don't drown in it). Bees normally won't go further than 22 blocks from their beehive (Bee Nest) to find something they can pollinate or to attack someone, so just running away long enough may also help you to evade them. Bees return to their nest when it rains and when it is night.

Bees leave their nest one by one during the day. They fly around their nests, and are attracted by flowers (controlled by minecraft:flowers tag), Sweet Berry Bushes and some other plants that can produce pollen. They can also remember the location of a flower and share it with other bees. After circling a plant for about 30 seconds, a bee collects pollen. A bee carrying it changes its texture to include pollen spots on its back and drops pollen particles similar to water droplets falling. Bees that have pollen can pollinate crops they fly over. When a crop gets pollinated, it advances to another growth stage, similar to using bone meal. In order 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 small wait time between pollinating each plant.

Afterwards, 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 starts dripping out, which you can see from the bottom and front of the hive/nest. A hive/nest must have 5 honey inside of it in order for you to be able to collect honeycombs or honey bottles.

All bees nearby are angered when another bee is attacked, a beehive is destroyed or the honey was collected without a campfire, fire or another smoke particles source under the nest. Hitting or walking on a nest does not anger bees; it must be destroyed to anger them. Breaking the nest with Silk Touch doesn't anger them. If the player deflects a bee's attack with a shield, the bee continues attacking until it succeeds in hitting the player. When a bee's attack on a player succeeds, the player is poisoned (Unless they are on Easy difficulty). A bee loses its stinger after a successful attack, and cannot attack further after it has lost its stinger. After losing its stinger, the bee dies in approximately one minute. Bees can also swarm and attack other mobs when damaged.

Bees will attach themselves to Honey Blocks, as if they are "eating" the block.

The bees can be bred using any flower (including Wither Rose, which doesn't harm them when used to breed). Default rules of breeding applly to bees: the parents have a cooldown of 5 minutes before they can breed again, babies take 20 minutes (1 in-game day) to grow up. and growth of babies can be accelerated using flowers: each use reduces the remaining time by 10%. However, both the breeding cooldown timer and the growing-up timer do not count down while bees are in a hive; thus, bees that are not actively working may take much longer to grow up or be ready to breed compared to other mobs.