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Everything you need to know about Minecraft’s new bees

After months of pleading with Mojang to update caves, dungeons, and the Nether, it went ahead and gave us bees. Yes — bees.

The world actually really needs the cute little bumblebee more than ever, so introducing the new mob should help millions of Minecraft players learn to understand and love what these little insects do for our planet.

But Minecraft is a game and it has some complicated systems. Learning how the new Minecraft bee interacts with the world is a very important thing, and this bee guide will hopefully tell you everything you need to know to put these adorable new mobs to use.

How to play the Minecraft bee version update

Java Minecraft bee version

Bees were added to Java Minecraft in the 1.15 update and in the 1.14 update to the Bedrock Edition. Now, that may sound complicated to some, but it’s actually really easy to hop into the bee update if you’re playing on a PC.

To access Java Snapshot 19w34a and experience the new Minecraft bees in all their glory, all you need to do is fire up Java Minecraft and ensure the version text to the left of the green Play button reads “Latest snapshot (19w34a).”

If all you see is “Latest release (1.14.4),” just click the Text to open up the menu. On there, you should be able to select the aforementioned Bee Update Build. You might have to wait for a quick game download, but once that Play button lights up, you’re good to go!

How to find bees in Minecraft

Finding bees in Minecraft can be a tad difficult at first, but they’re actually more prominent than you might think.

Minecraft bees like to hang around three distinct biomes: Flower Forest, Plains, and Sunflower Plains. Sure, you’ll have a tough time finding them if you spawn out in the Tundra, but adventure out into sunnier climates, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking them down.

Minecraft bee-haviour

Bees are neutral mobs. They won’t attack you unless you attack them. But they will swarm you if you hurt them, sticking their stingers into you for damage and poisoning you for a little more. They’re unlikely to be lethal on their own, but angering an entire swarm is like whacking a zombie pigman — they will hunt you down.

Bees will stop attacking after the first hit because, like real bees, they will perish after a single sting, leaving no loot behind and making you feel pretty cruel in the process. Bees will also get angry if you knock down a Bee Hive or Bee Nest when they’re inside or around their home, so you’ll need to be careful if you’re haphazardly knocking down trees in a bee biome.

If they’re not getting revenge for your aggressive actions, bees leave their homes solely to collect pollen from nearby flowers. They’re smart like that. They don’t stray too far and tend to stick to a single “favorite” flower, but once they collect pollen — visible from the particle effects around them — the busy bee will fly back to deposit the goods into their nest. They’ll stay in there for a little while before heading back out to do it all over again.

Bees sleep at night and don’t like the rain, so don’t expect to see any out and about in those conditions.

Bee Nests and Hives

Minecraft Bee Nest

Tracking down a bee is only part of the story. The life of a bee revolves around grabbing pollen from colorful flowers and taking it back to a Bee Nest or, if crafted, a Bee Hive.

Finding a Bee Nest is a little trickier than tracking down a lone bee. After all, one flies around the place while the other is a stationary object. But the easiest way to find a Bee Nest is to simply follow a bee home.

Don’t worry, Minecraft bees don’t mind you stalking them for a little bit. They’re completely neutral mobs. It can take some time for them to head home, but follow them around long enough and they’ll take you to their humble abode.

Honeycomb and Honey: What are they used for?

Minecraft Bee Hive

Both Honey and Honeycomb are used in very different ways. There’s reason to believe they’ll be used in more crafting recipes later on, such as candles when 1.17 launches, but for now, it’s a case of one begets the other.

Honey, when bottled, makes for a quick and tasty treat. Just like a potion, you can drink Honey from the bottle to reap its benefits, although it’s just another kind of food. It’s pretty good at what it does, but given you can’t stack them, they won’t beat the usefulness of other, rarer consumables. You can even turn Honey into Sugar!

Honeycomb, on the other hand, is more of a crafting ingredient. You can pair it with any kind of Wooden Plank to craft a Bee Hive.

How to gather Honey and Honeycomb in Minecraft

The reason for seeking out Bee Nests should be obvious — to collect Honey and Honeycombs! These aren’t incredibly helpful items in their own right, but they can be used for a variety of purposes.

To gather Honey, just use an Empty Bottle with a full Bee Nest or Bee Hive. Bees need to have deposited five lots of pollen before you can harvest the Honey. You can tell when a Nest is ready to be harvested when the texture changes to show that golden nectar spilling from its two holes with particle effects dripping onto the floor below.

And if you don’t want the honey, use Shears on the Bee Nest in this state to get a bunch of Honeycombs instead!

What’s the difference between a Bee Nest and Bee Hive in Minecraft?

Minecraft Bee Hives

Given we just got a new mob in Minecraft, you’d expect every new item relating to it would be unique and interesting. There aren’t any real differences between the new Bee Nest and Bee Hive other than one is a natural spawn while the other is crafted. But that doesn’t mean they’re pointless.

Crafting a Bee Hive gives you a way to cultivate your own colony of these helpful creatures anywhere you want. They can be bred with the use of flowers and actually help other flowers grow. That means you can provide a home for the bees, breed them, and harvest near-endless supplies of Honey from the Bee Hives when the bees dance around your gardens.

Honey dispensers

Another interesting part of the Minecraft bee update revolves around dispensers. These handy contraptions can now automatically bottle up liquids like water and, by extension, Honey. With a little bit of redstone know-how, you’re able to fully automate a farm to collect and bottle Honey day and night.

In the early days of setting up your bee farm, you can even toss shears into the dispenser to automatically collect Honeycomb instead. Nifty, right?

How to move a Bee Hive or Bee Nest

How to move a bee hive in Minecraft

When orchestrating your bee kingdom, knowing how to move a Bee Hive or Bee Nest without angering them is a delicate procedure.

You’ll need to use a tool with the “silk touch” enchantment to get the Bee Hive or Bee Nest block (complete with bees!). Hit the home without Silk Touch, and you’ll lose the home and the Honey, and you’ll likely have a bunch of furious bees ending their own life to take you down.

Just make sure you place a Campfire beneath any Bee Nest or Bee Hive you’d like to use. The smoke will put the bees into “chill” mode, which essentially means that they won’t fly away from their home ever again. Use this handy tool to return all the bees to their home nest, so you don’t forget any of them. 

That’s it!

Well, there you have it, folks. That’s about everything you really need to understand about Minecraft bees. They may appear obscure in the beginning but travel to the correct biome, and their giant selves won’t be able to conceal themselves from you for very long. Just keep a close eye on them and follow one back to its nest. Then, collect the Honeycomb. From here, you can begin building your Minecraft bee empire.

If you master the technique of redstone contraptions, we can assure you that you’ll be well on your way to crafting a fully-automated Honey farm. This farm will give you sweet and delicious Honey readily available for your next escapade. We do want to stress the importance of taking care of the little bees, though. They offer us many more benefits than you might think.

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For the mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Bee.

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Bees are flying neutral mobs that live in bee nests and beehives. If provoked, bees attack in a swarm to "sting" the player and inflict poison.


Natural generation[]

Naturally generated bee nests generate with 3 bees in them.

Bee nests generate in the following biomes with different chances:

  1. ↑The chance for each naturally-generated oak or birch tree to have a bee nest.


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


Upon death, adult bees drop 1–3 orbs when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Upon breeding successfully, 1–7 is dropped.

Like other baby animals, killing a baby bee yields no experience.


Bees do not fly (like ghasts or the ender dragon), but instead hover a few blocks above the ground similar to bats and parrots.

Bees are considered arthropods and take increased damage from the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.[1] They also take damage when touching water.‌[Java Edition only][2]

Bees can be attached to a lead, even when angered. They can still attack while attached.

Bees usually venture up to 22 blocks from their beehive to find something they can pollinate or to attack someone. Bees can venture further away if necessary.

A bee can fly horizontally and vertically upward through scaffolding but does not fly downward. A bee does not fly through an open trap door or regular door on its own (a bee can be led through a door with a flower) but babies can fly through the gap above a fence gate in a 1×2 doorway.


A bee nest must spawn within two blocks horizontally or vertically from any flowers for the bees inside to leave the nest.

Bees leave their nest one by one during the day. They fly around their nests, and are attracted to flowers, sweet berry bushes‌[Java Edition only], flowering azalea and flowering azalea leaves. Bees completely ignore flowers in flower pots.

After circling a flower or berry bush for about 30 seconds while making happy buzzing sounds, a bee collects pollen. A bee carrying pollen changes its texture to include pollen spots on its back and drops pollen particles similar to water and lava droplets falling.

Bees that have pollen pollinate wheat, potatoes, carrots, beetroots, melon stems, pumpkin stems and berry bushes they fly over. When one of these plants gets pollinated, it advances to another growth stage, similar to using bone meal. 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 short wait time between pollinating each plant.

Afterward, 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 can be seen dripping from the bottom and front of the hive/nest. A hive/nest must have 5 honey inside before a player can collect honeycombs or honey bottles.


See also: Tutorials/Honey farming

Bees live together in colonies and take any bee nest or beehive that has enough space as its home. One bee nest/beehive can house up to 3 bees. Homeless bees wander around, searching for empty beehives. Bees can enter a beehive from any side, but exit only from the front. One-way bee-gates can be made in this way.

Bees return to their nest when it rains or when it is night. They return even when in biomes that don't rain like desert. They stay in their nest or hive for at least 2400 game ticks (2 minutes) before coming back out. The bees that come out keep their data (health, name, etc.).

Breaking a nest or hive that contains bees releases all the bees. If a bee nest containing bees is harvested using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch, the bees inside are kept, with their corresponding data, in the hive, and they can exit the hive again when it is placed.

When a bee that has pollen enters and then leaves its nest or hive, the honey level of the nest/hive is increased by one. When the honey level of that hive reaches 5, the player can harvest it, which then sets it back to 0.

Because there is neither daylight cycle nor weather in the Nether and the End, bees work without resting in these dimensions. This behavior is distinct from that of the villagers, which follow their daily routine according to the time in the Overworld, regardless of which dimension they are in.


Main article: Damage

All bees nearby are angered when an individual bee is attacked (unless the bee attacked is killed in one hit‌[Java Edition only]), honey or honeycombs are collected (unless a campfire is placed under the nest), or a beehive is destroyed. Hitting or walking on a nest does not anger bees; it must be destroyed to anger them. When destroyed, a beehive releases any bees that it contained, and these bees are angry. If the beehive is destroyed with a Silk Touch tool, bees outside the hive become angry ‌[Bedrock Edition only][3], while those kept within it remain neutral even after the hive is placed again.

Bees attack and swarm the player as a group when angered, and the eyes of angered bees turn red. Collecting a honeycomb or a honey bottle from a nest or hive causes the bees that are currently in that nest or hive to leave and swarm the player unless a campfire is placed below the hive. Bees attack only once, similar to llamas, and non-aggressive pandas. Bees do not attack in Peaceful difficulty.

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. A bee loses its stinger after a successful attack, cannot attack further, and dies approximately one minute later. This can be delayed with potions (Regeneration/Resistance/Absorption) that have a 255 potency.

It is possible to (quickly) breed at least one angered bee with another, even if it or they had stung and lost the stinger. However, they remain angered and still die later due to being stingerless.

Bees also swarm and attack other mobs when damaged, for example, if a skeleton accidentally shoots a bee.

Bees become neutral if they fail to land a hit on their target within 25 seconds.

  • The stinging animation; the bee can remain upside down for longer periods of time if a distance is kept.

In Java Edition, a bee's stinger is visible on the player as a small black dot after the bee successfully attacked.

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Honey Blocks[]

Main article: Honey Block

Bees attach themselves to honey blocks, as if they are "eating" the block.


Main article: Breeding

Bees follow players holding flowers, flowering azalea and flowering azalea leaves. If the player is standing still and being followed by bees, the bees go toward the player, face the player, and rest on the ground. They do this until the player moves.

If bees are given a flower, they enter love mode and pair up to create baby bees, granting the player 1-7 experience. The parent bees have a cooldown of 5 minutes (6000 ticks) before they can breed again. Babies take 20 minutes (1 in-game day) to grow up. The growth of baby bees can be accelerated using flowers; each use reduces the remaining time by 10%. However, bees' growth timer and breeding cooldowns are frozen while working in a hive; thus, when rapidly growing a population, it may be desirable to temporarily remove the hives.

Any of the 1- or 2-block flowers can be used for breeding, including the wither rose, even though it usually harms bees that touch it.



Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different)Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngSticky Situation
Jump into a Honey Block to break your fall AdventureCollide on a vertical side of a honey block when in air.
Advancement-plain-raw.pngBee Our Guest
Use a Campfire to collect Honey from a Beehive using a Bottle without aggravating the beesHusbandryUse a glass bottle on a beehive or bee nest while not angering the bees inside.
Advancement-plain-raw.pngThe Parrots and the Bats
Breed two animals together HusbandryBreed a pair of any of these 22 mobs: A mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.
Advancement-plain-raw.pngTotal Beelocation
Move a Bee Nest, with 3 bees inside, using Silk TouchHusbandry
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngTwo by Two
Breed all the animals! The Parrots and the BatsBreed a pair of each of these 21 mobs: A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.


IconAchievementIn-game descriptionActual requirements (if different)Gamerscore earnedTrophy type (PS4)
PS4Other platforms
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
Sticky SituationSlide down a honey block to slow your fall.30GSilver

Data values[]


Java Edition:

Bedrock Edition:

Entity data[]

Bees have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format

  • Entity data
    •  CannotEnterHiveTicks: Time left in ticks until the bee can enter a beehive. Used when the bee is angered and released from the hive by a player, but the hive is smoked by a campfire.
    •  CropsGrownSincePollination: How many crops the bee has grown since its last pollination. Used to limit number of crops it can grow.
    •  FlowerPos: Coordinates of the flower the bee is circling.
      •  X: X coordinate.
      •  Y: Y coordinate.
      •  Z: Z coordinate.
    •  HasNectar: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the bee is carrying pollen.
    •  HasStung: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the bee has stung a mob or player.
    •  HivePos: Coordinates of the bee's hive.
      •  X: X coordinate.
      •  Y: Y coordinate.
      •  Z: Z coordinate.
    •  TicksSincePollination: Number of ticks passed since the bee's last pollination.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


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Everything you need to know about Minecraft's buzzy bees

Looking for some Minecraft bees? You may have noticed a fair bit of buzzing in the greener areas of your blocky world recently: that’s down to the addition of these industrious little critters. Bees, and the honey they work hard to produce, is yours for the taking if you know where to track them down. 

Not only does this guide cover the various Minecraft bees nest locations, but I’ve also outlined how to expand your buzzing colony through breeding. Grab your favourite flowers and let’s bring some baby buzzers into the world. 

How to find bees in Minecraft

Minecraft bees nests can be found in oak and birch trees in the Plains, Sunflower Plains, Forest, and Flower Forest biomes. The higher the tree density, the more likely you are to find a nest. So, Flower Forests are the perfect place in which to get started. 

Bee nests are naturally-generated blocks. Beehives perform a similar function, but are crafted. Both hold up to three bees maximum. Bees leave their nest one at a time to collect pollen, so if you notice a bee buzzing around, follow it home to locate its hive. 

How to breed bees in Minecraft

Holding a flower attracts the attention of nearby bees and encourages them to follow you. You can use any flower for breeding (including Wither Roses, but they damage bees when they try to pollinate them). Hand them over by equipping the flower and right-clicking on a nearby bee to give it to them. Once they display love hearts above their heads they will pair up to breed, providing you with a bouncing new baby bee. 

There’s a five-minute cooldown on breeding, so consider farming more flowers or honey while you wait. That said, as you expand your brood, you’ll have your work cut out with crafting enough Beehives to house them all.

New bees usually take one in-game day (20 minutes) to mature. This process can be accelerated by feeding the baby bees flowers, as you did with their parents. Each consumed flower speeds up their growth by 10%—all the more reason to indulge in some therapeutic flower picking.

What do bees eat in Minecraft?

As you see your friendly neighborhood insects toiling away, you'll probably be wondering what kind of sustenance they enjoy. In that case, bees are known to eat honey blocks, if placed near a hive or nest. The blocks are also perfect for parkour, apparently.

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How to get Bees in Minecraft: Beehives, Bee Farms, and Honeycomb explained

Want to know how to find and breed Bees in Minecraft? Bees are both adorable and useful, as they buzz around with a gentle hum whilst pollinating your flowers. If you like gardening in Minecraft, or you just want to add a splash of colour to your home, then you're in the right place!

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about Bees, including the differences between Beehives and Bee Nests, how to make Beehives, how Bees behave, and how to harvest Honey and Honeycomb.

How to get Bees in Minecraft

Bees naturally spawn in groups of 3 inside Bee Nests. Bee Nests will only spawn in oak and birch trees within certain biomes.

Here are the possible biomes where Bee Nests can spawn, from highest to lowest chance:

  • Sunflower Plains (5%)
  • Plains (5%)
  • Flower Forest (2%)
  • Forest (0.2%)
  • Birch Forest (0.2%)
  • Tall Birch Forest (0.2%)
  • Birch Forest Hills (0.2%)
  • Tall Birch Hills (0.2%)
  • Wooded Hills (0.2%)

Beehive and Bee Nest: what's the difference?

The main difference between a Bee Nest and a Beehive is that Beehives are crafted by the player, whereas Bee Nests are naturally spawned during world generation.

They also look different, with Bee Nests sporting the more familiar stripe pattern as opposed to the Beehive's slightly more brick-like texture. But otherwise they work in exactly the same way: they are both housing blocks for up to 3 Bees.

To make a Beehive in a Crafting Table, place any wooden planks along the top and bottom rows, and fill the middle row with 3 Honeycomb (see below for an example).

The recipe for creating a Beehive in Minecraft.

How to breed Bees

To get two Bees to breed, simply give them each a flower. Bees will follow any nearby player holding a flower, and giving one to a Bee will cause them to enter "Love Mode".

Much like other breedable animals such as Foxes, Horses, Goats, and Axolotls, while in Love Mode Bees will seek out other nearby Bees in Love Mode. When they find such a mate they'll pair off and breed, producing a baby Bee. This will give the player a small amount of XP.

It takes a single in-game day for a baby Bee to reach adulthood, but this can be sped up by "feeding" the baby Bee more flowers (each flower reduces remaining time by a tenth of a day). Bees that have just bred cannot breed again until 5 minutes have passed.

One important note: both the breeding cooldown and the growth rate are paused for any Bee that is inside a Beehive or Bee Nest, so it's often a good idea while attempting to breed Bees to break the hives and replace them later.

Bee Behaviour and Pollinating

As you'll know if you've read our guide to Minecraft mobs, Bees are Neutral mobs, which means they'll only attack you if provoked. You provoke a Bee by:

  1. Attacking a nearby Bee;
  2. Destroying a nearby Beehive/Bee Nest;
  3. Extracting Honey/Honeycomb from a Nest which doesn't have a Campfire beneath it.

If a Bee is angry towards a player, it will attempt to sting them, dealing damage and poisoning the player for a short time. You can lessen the effect of this by using Potions. The Bee will lose its stinger after the attack, meaning it cannot attack again; and it will die shortly afterwards.

If you wish to kill a Bee, then it's good to remember: they are classed as an Arthropod, which means the Bane Of Arthropods enchantment will increase your damage against it. An alternative is to run away, because Bees will stop being hostile if they do not sting their target within 25 seconds of being provoked.

A large part of a Bee's behaviour is pollination. During the night Bees stay in their hives, but during the day they'll wander up to 22 blocks away from their home in search of pollen.

If they find a flower (not in a flower pot) or a berry bush it will take time to collect pollen from it. The Bee will then return the pollen to its nest, and any growable crop they fly over along the way will be pollinated, which has the same effect as bone meal: it will speed up the growth of that crop.

A 4x3 grid of Beehives and Bee Nests in Minecraft with a Bee flying around to the right of the grid of blocks.

How to harvest Honey and Honeycomb at a Bee Farm

Bees can't be trained to fight for you, so don't expect them to help against slimes or the Wither boss. However, Bee Farms are useful for harvesting both Honey and Honeycomb, which are two resources that have different purposes.

To harvest Honeycomb, you'll need to use Shears on a Beehive or Bee Nest that has reached a "honey level" of 5.

Honeycomb is used to create Beehives and Candles, and it can also be used to "wax" various kinds of Copper blocks.

To harvest Honey, right-click on the Beehive or Bee Nest with an empty Glass Bottle. This will fill the bottle with Honey.

Honey can be placed in a crafting window to produce 3 Sugar, or you can put 4 Honey in a 2x2 grid to create a Honey Block, a block which deters and slows mobs, and lowers fall damage for anything that lands on it.

Make sure you place a lit Campfire under any Beehive or Bee Nest that you're about to harvest Honey or Honeycomb from, as this will stop the Bees from attacking you when you do so.

To make a Campfire in a Crafting Table window, fill the bottom row with 3 Logs, place 1 Coal in the middle of the grid, and then place 3 sticks above and to the left and right of the Coal, as you see below:

The recipe for creating a Campfire in Minecraft.

Bees may be dangerous under certain circumstances, but I've always found them to be a beautiful outdoor sight while exploring new Minecraft worlds. If you have the itch to explore and discover new lands, be sure to check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds. And if you really want to make your new world pop, be sure to check out our page on the best Minecraft shader packs. If you're itching to make a new base, take a look at our lists of castle and tower ideas for inspiration!


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What does a beehive do in Minecraft?

Beehives were added to Minecraft with the Buzzy Bees update. Bee nests are natural spawning hives that generate in biomes that commonly contain flowers. Players can make a beehive using three pieces of honeycomb and six wooden planks of any kind.

The beehive in Minecraft is equivalent to a man-made bee's nest. They house up to three bees and can be used to harvest honey or honeycomb. Having a beehive near farmland can help the crops grow faster.

This article sheds light on the beehive in Minecraft.

Beehives in Minecraft

Beehive recipe (Image via Mojang)

Beehives work similarly to bee nests in Minecraft. They provide shelter for up to three bees. One beehive will collect pollen from three bees until it is full. Once it begins to drip honey and appears as though honey is oozing from the hive, players can harvest from it.

Hostile bees

Harvesting either honeycomb or honey can turn the bees in and around the hive hostile. Once a Minecraft bee has stung the player, it has moments left before despawning.

A bee sting will also poison players. This can be prevented by placing a campfire underneath it. The smoke from the fire will pacify the bees and make the hive safe to harvest.

Collecting honey

Honey can be collected by using an empty bottle. The bottle of honey can either be consumed or used to craft honey blocks and sugar.

Honeycombs are harvested using sheers. Harvesting with sheers will cause three honeycomb pieces to drop. And the honeycombs that are harvested can be used to craft more hives and honeycomb blocks.

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Honeycomb will have new uses in the Caves and Cliffs update. Minecraft 1.17 will include candles made from honeycomb and string. Also, copper can be waxed with honeycomb to keep its appearance.

Having a beehive nearby crops can help them grow faster than normal. This is because the bees that are holding pollen must cross the farmland to get to the hive. As the bee travels, the pollen drips off of its body. Pollen that drops onto a crop will function similarly to bone meal and progress the crop's growth by one stage.

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How To Get Bees Into Your Beehive in Minecraft

Honey farming is the process of collecting honey bottles and honeycombs from beehives and bee nests. To get honeycombs, you can use shears when the beehive or bee nest has reached 5. Honeycomb is used for crafting your own beehives or bee nests for bees to inhabit, as well as for crafting decorative honeycomb blocks, candles, and waxing copper blocks. To get honey bottles, you can use an empty bottle on a hive or nest at honey level 5. Honey bottles are food items that are able to cure poison, and can also be used for crafting sugar and honey blocks, the latter of which have sticky properties that give them a variety of useful applications.

Honey is generated by bees after they collect pollen and nectar. Bees emerge from their home and go looking for flowers. After collecting pollen and nectar at the flowers, the bees return home and go inside to turn the nectar into honey. When done, the bees emerge again to look for more flowers. Over time the honey collects until the bee nest or beehive is full and can then be harvested by the player in various forms.

Getting Started[]

Obtaining Bees[]

The first step on your foray into apiculture is to find bees in your world. Your initial source of bees will be a naturally generated or spawned bee nest. Bee nests have a small chance to generate on oak or birch trees in specific biomes during world generation. After world generation, there is also a chance for a bee nest to spawn on a tree when that tree grows near flowers (see post-generation).

Bee nests and beehives both slowly fill up with honey over time as the bees do their work collecting pollen from flowers. If you find a natural bee nest and it is conveniently located, you can leave it as is and return to collect the honey when you want. Keep in mind that breaking a bee nest without Silk Touch will break it without dropping anything and all the bees that were both outside and inside the nest will swarm the player regardless of whether or not a campfire was placed underneath it. Aside from hazard to the player, this is disastrous because every bee which successfully stings you will die, and this can wipe out a hive.

If you want the bees at another location, you have a few options for getting them there. First, you will need a beehive at the new location. (Beehives are constructed using honeycomb. To get your first honeycomb, you will need to find a bee nest that has reached honey level 5 and then use shears on it. See Avoiding Bee Anger below.) You can then bring bees to your hive from the nest. You can also just move a whole nest if you want, see below.

Bees can be lured using any type of flower (including 2-block flowers and wither roses), and can also be moved using leads. If you feed the bees the flowers, they will enter love mode and breed, producing a baby bee. However, if the bee nest is situated at a large distance from where you wish to do your beekeeping, a convenient way to transport bees is to break an occupied bee nest with a tool with Silk Touch and bring the nest with you. Bees that are occupying the nest when it is broken with a tool with Silk Touch will remain inside the nest as an item and will not get angry with you. Bees will attempt to return to their nests at night or when it is raining, making them both optimal times to break the nest.

If you don't have a tool with Silk Touch or don't want to remove the bee nest from its natural location, another option is to stay with the bees as they work until they have filled their nest with honey. Then, place a campfire at least two blocks directly below the hive, and put carpet on top of the campfire ‌[Java Edition only]. The campfire keeps the bees from getting angry with you, and the carpet keeps you from cooking the bees alive.

When this is in place, use shears on the hive to extract three honeycombs (they'll fly out in a random direction). The honeycomb can be used to craft a beehive that you can place anywhere you like.

A beehive is functionally identical to a bee nest, but will not be destroyed if broken with a tool without Silk Touch (though it will cause the bees inside to exit the hive and swarm). Also, if you don't want to completely remove the original bee population, consider breeding your own group of bees from the original group to take home with you.

See also: Beehive

As of Java Edition 1.15.2, occupied bee nests additionally have a 5% chance to spawn on oak or birch trees in any biome that were grown from saplings within two blocks of any flower at the same y-level. With a bit of luck and a large enough supply of oak or birch saplings and bone meal, one can obtain bees relatively easily without having to travel, by repeatedly growing trees near flowers until one spawns a bee nest as it grows. This is also an ideal way to obtain bees in older worlds created prior to Java Edition 1.15, as it saves players from having to locate anything.

Helping Bees Work[]

Similar to villagers, bees follow their own schedule. During the day in clear weather, bees will leave their beehive or bee nest and wander around in search of flowers. When they have found a flower, they will hover over the flower for a short time to collect pollen. Once they have collected pollen, their appearance will change and they will begin heading back to their hives. When they get back, bees will enter the hive and begin working for 2 minutes. Once they are done, if it is still daytime and the weather is clear, they will exit the hive and repeat the process. When night falls or the weather is rainy or stormy, bees will try and return to their hives regardless of if they have collected pollen or not.

To help improve the efficiency of the bees' work, place flowers near the hive so they can gather pollen and return to their hive as quickly as possible. You can also improve the efficiency of your bees by relocating them to the Nether or the End, as neither dimension experiences weather or daylight cycles, meaning that bees can work at any time.[verify] If you're worried about bees wandering too far away from their hives, it may be wise to build an enclosure to both protect them and prevent them from straying too far away. This is especially important if you choose to keep the bees in The Nether or in The End, as these dimensions can be particularly dangerous.

See also: Flowers

It is worth noting that the pollen particles that fall from bees can cause crops to advance growth stages similar to using bone meal. Thus, it can be beneficial to build your beehives near your crops to allow the bees to help them grow faster, although doing so will not improve the bee's efficiency in making honey.


Main article: Beehive

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 (this is intended behavior).[1] If an empty glass bottle is used on a full beehive, the bottle fills with honey, becoming a honey bottle. However, if this is done by hand without preparation, the bees will take offense and attack the player!

Avoiding Bee Anger[]

The campfire is set into the ground and covered by a carpet to prevent the fire from damaging the bees.

Unfortunately, casually harvesting honey or honeycomb causes any bees inside the hive to emerge and attack the player who does it. If the player fights back with any attack, every bee in range will join the attack. Any time a bee succeeds in landing an attack, the player gets poisoned, and the bee itself dies about a minute later. Naturally, this is bad when you were hoping to adopt those bees, and worse when it's most of your own swarm committing suicide!

There are two main ways to avoid this fate: One is to maintain deniability by using redstone: Hives can be harvested by using a dispenser (with a glass bottle or shears), and then the bees will not attack anyone. The "Automatic Harvesting" section below discusses designs for using redstone. This method also has the advantage that the player's attention is hardly required.

The other is to place a lit campfire (or even fire) directly underneath the hive. A campfire can be within five blocks underneath the hive, if nothing blocks the smoke. This "smokes" the hive, so that harvesting does not aggravate the bees. However, a campfire (let alone a fire block) also damages mobs that touch it, and bees are no exception. In Java Edition, you can put the campfire just below ground level, with a carpet over it. The carpet will not block the smoke, and the covered campfire can stay there forever, allowing you to harvest the nest or hive at will. In Bedrock Edition, you'll instead need to put out the campfire after you are done harvesting, and relight it the next time you want to harvest.

Even if there are no bees in a nest or hive, harvesting them or breaking them can anger bees if they are nearby. One way of making sure a nest or hive is empty before breaking it is to block all six sides of the hive with solid blocks so bees can't enter. Then wait until night so the bees go back into their remaining hives, and the hive can be broken (or harvested) safely. The blocks must be solid and touching the hive. Fence posts, glass panes, and trap doors will not block the surface and contain the bees.

Protecting Your Bees[]

Be careful about hazards in the vicinity, remembering that bees explore a wide range and fly over fences and walls. Lava, fire, uncovered campfires, and cactus can all act as "bug-zappers" and wipe out your colony. Bees can also wander through nether portals -- you may want to keep a flower or two ready on the other side to help lure them back. Aside from making the area safe, you may want to breed up an extra hive/nest or two, collect them with Silk Touch, and stash them someplace safe in case of disaster.

Once you've built up a few productive hives, the most likely disaster is accidentally aggravating your bees -- never mind the hazard to you, but every bee that successfully attacks you will die, which can wipe out whole hives. If you can't quickly escape to someplace where the bees can't follow you, the best option might be to just stand there and let the bees get it over with quickly, eating enough food that you won't be killed directly by the sting damage, and wait out the bee's deaths. (The poison damage can't kill you by itself, and if you already have a honey bottle you can cure it anyway.) After you've waited out the bees' deaths, keep waiting a bit longer -- if you're lucky, at least a few of your bees will be busy inside their hives for the duration of the attack, so they will survive and you can breed them to re-fill the newly-emptied hives. As above, keeping backup hives safely in a chest can also help with this situation.


Honey Bottles[]

Main article: Honey Bottle

See also: Honey Block

Honey bottles can be farmed using glass bottles on beehives or bee nests. Bees will fly around a flower to collect pollen. If they carry the pollen back to their hive, then the honey level of the hive will be raised by 1. When the honey level reaches 5, the texture of the hive or nest will change to show honey dripping out, and you will be able to collect the honey. Then you can press the 'use item' button on the nest with a glass bottle in your hand to get a honey bottle. Honey bottles provide a stackable remedy for poison; unlike milk, they will not remove other buffs or debuffs.

Honey bottles can be crafted into honey blocks in your inventory's crafting grid; you do get the empty bottles back. Honey blocks have a variety of useful features: As a floor, they reduce fall damage by 80%, but also slow movement and jumping. As a wall, they let players slow their fall and avoid fall damage. When moved by pistons, they can drag along adjacent blocks and even creatures walking atop them. See their article for full details.


Main article: Honeycomb

Using shears on a hive or nest that is full of honey will extract three honeycombs. Four honeycomb can be crafted into a honeycomb block, which is a purely decorative block. As of 1.17, honeycombs can also be used to make candles, and to preserve copper blocks from (further) oxidation.

But, most immediately relevant, honeycombs are also used for crafting beehives. The recipe for a beehive is below. Beehives differ from natural bee nests only in that the hive can be harvested without Silk Touch (but any bees within, or flying nearby, must be placated).

Automatic Harvesting[]

Dispensers can be used to harvest honey bottles and honeycomb from a hive using a redstone signal. The output of the dispenser must be pointing towards the beehive, and the dispenser must contain glass bottles to collect honey bottles, or shears to collect honeycomb. Collecting honey bottles will place the item directly into the dispenser, whereas collecting honeycomb will cause the items to drop onto the floor. You can prevent filled honey bottles from getting placed back in the dispenser by using an item filter below the dispenser. The benefit to using an item filter is that you will not need to fill each slot of the dispenser up. Dispensers will deplete the durability of the shears with every use. Note that harvesting from the hives using dispensers will not anger the bees, so placing campfires underneath them is not necessary if you are choosing to harvest this way.

Redstone comparators are able to output a redstone signal from a beehive based on the honey level of the hive. Every time a bee exits the hive after having worked with the pollen it has collected, the honey level will increase by 1. Each honey level increases the redstone output from a redstone comparator by 1, to a maximum of 5, which is when the hive will change the appearance and indicate it is ready for harvest. By using this mechanic, you can set up a system with the output signal to activate a dispenser as soon as the hive is full. The two designs shown are both tileable; the longer and more expensive one puts the hive on top, and allows a .

Observers are less useful here, because they will output a signal every time the honey level of the hive changes, not just when the hive is ready to be harvested. This is a problem if trying to collect honey bottles: If the hive is not ready to be harvested, the dispenser will eject a glass bottle when the observer activates it. This could lead to a lot of glass bottles being lost if you don't have a system to pick them back up again. Observers work better for harvesting honeycomb -- if the hive isn't ready, dispensers won't even wear down the shears, let alone eject them.


When a dispenser collects honey from a beehive or bee nest with shears in its inventory, 3 honeycombs will be ejected from the hive in a random direction and the shears inside the dispenser will lose 1 point of durability. Because of this, the goal is to restrict where the honeycombs can go and have a hopper or minecart with hopper to pick them up. Surrounding the hive in full blocks and leaving one block empty will help restrict where the honeycombs will be ejected. However, make sure that the front of the hive is not obstructed by any blocks, as it needs to be accessible to allow bees to enter and exit the hive.

The dispenser should be filled with as many shears as possible to maximize the time the system can operate before refilling. You could even set up a way to automatically restock the dispenser with shears when the durability runs out.

Honey Bottles[]

A 1-block wide setup that will activate a dispenser once a beehive is ready.
Honey collector with bottle filter
Honey collector

When a dispenser collects honey from a beehive or bee nest with a glass bottle in its inventory, a honey bottle will be placed into its inventory. In order to extract the honey bottles from a dispenser in a lossless fashion, the best way to do so is to set up an item sorter underneath the dispenser to collect only honey bottles. 8 of the 9 slots of the dispenser should be filled with as many glass bottles as possible, leaving at least one space empty for the honey bottles. The more glass bottles that are loaded into the dispenser, the longer this system can run without restocking. Naturally once you pick up the honey bottles, you can craft them into honey blocks, thus freeing up the bottles for reuse.

Note: If the design in the sidebar image is tiled as shown, the dispensers will be inaccessible -- the grass block in front of the dispenser needs to be replaced with a slab, fence, or trapdoor so it can be refilled with empty bottles. The top hopper in each row needs to be set up with 2 honey bottles in the first slot, and 11-13 "junk" items (stackable to 64) spread across the other slots. As honey is collected, one bottle will be kept in the lower hopper, but bottles after that will be passed on to the output.

The design also has one non-obvious failure state -- if a hive becomes full and the dispenser has run out of bottles, even after being resupplied it will not harvest the hive. The solution here is to break and replace a piece of redstone dust on the hive's top-layer trail. This will interrupt the comparator's signal and allow the dispenser to trigger on the full hive.



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How to get honey from a beehive in Minecraft

Need to know how to get Minecraft honey from beehives? Minecraft bees are the sweet little insects that make honey, pollinate flowers, and just so happen to have the best knees in existence. These tiny creatures may have proven themselves to be too scary for Nicolas Cage, but they have an important role in your Minecraft biome. 

To make the most of the awesome work these little critters do, you will want to learn how to craft beehives, and how to get your hands on Minecraft honeycomb. No blocky breakfast is complete without a healthy drizzle of Minecraft honey, and I can tell you're buzzing to discover more on the subject. Let's take a look at everything there is to know about this sweet treat.

What do you do with honeycomb in Minecraft?

Honeycomb can be harvested from bee nests and hives (artificial versions of nests you can craft) with shears; you’ll get between one and three bits of honeycomb that way.

However, harvesting from bee nests will make its buzzy inhabitants hostile. You can offset this by building a lit campfire beneath the hive—just be careful not to burn them. Note: if you get stung it'll die 20 seconds later, and nobody wants that. You can use Minecraft honeycomb for two things: you can make Honeycomb Blocks by combining four pieces of honeycomb, and craft beehives. Their bright design will set any home apart.

How do you make a beehive in Minecraft?

You’ll need three pieces of honeycomb and six Wooden Planks to create a beehive. However, you’ll need to bring some bees to their new home though: do that by using a flower to attract them, or just leash them and bring them with you. We hope you go for the more humane choice. Plus, you can get bees to breed by giving them a flower, which is kind of cute.

How to get honey from a beehive

You can tell that a hive is ready to be harvested when it's dripping honey. Use a glass bottle on the full hive to get yourself a Honey Bottle. Consuming that restores 6 Hunger—and lasts a quarter longer than normal food—and cures you of poison, but you can still drink it when your Hunger meter is full.


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