Here is all you need to know about bees in Minecraft.


All You Need to Know About Bees in Minecraft

Nutan Lele
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Bees are a fairly new addition to the game.
They are neutral mobs which pollinate plants in their biomes.
Here is all you need to know about bees in Minecraft.

Bees are a neutral mob found in Biomes with an abundance of flowers like the Meadows and Plains. They are the only source of honey in Minecraft, which they make in honeycombs. If you break their hives, harvest their nest without precautions or attack them, they will turn hostile towards the player. Here is all you need to know about bees in Minecraft and how to harvest their honey.  

Where will you find bees in Minecraft?

Bees are usually found in biomes with a lot of flora. They are usually found in packs of three next to their hive. They can spawn in the following biomes:

  • Meadow

  • Plains

  • Sunflower Plains

  • Flower Forest

  • Birch Forest

  • Birch Forest Hills

  • Forest

  • Tall Birch Forest

  • Tall Birch Hills

  • Wooded Hills

Bees pollinate flowers and add honey to their hives. Bees return to their nest when it rains or when it is night. Otherwise, you will find them pollinating plants within 22 blocks of their hive. A bee will circle a flower for about thirty seconds and collect the pollen. Bees can also pollinate the following:

  • Cave Vines

  • Beetroots

  • Berry Bushes

  • Carrots

  • Melon Stems

  • Potatoes

  • Pumpkin Stems

  • Wheat

Pollinated plants have their growth accelerated to the next stage.

How to harvest honey from a hive in Minecraft?

When full you can use shears to harvest honeycombs and glass bottles to get honey. If you want to harvest honey from a hive safely, you’ll need to place a campfire under it.

Put a campfire under the hive to safely extract honey.

If you attempt to harvest honey without the campfire, or try to break their hive or attack them, they will turn hostile. A provoked bee’s eyes turn red and they will try to attack you. If stung, you will be poisoned and take damage. Depending on which difficulty you’re playing the game at, the damage you take varies: 

  • Easy: Two One-Hearts

  • Medium: Two One-Hearts (Poison)

  • Hard: Three One-Half Hearts (Poison)

The duration of the poison also depends on the difficulty you're playing on:

  • Medium: Ten seconds

  • Hard: Eighteen seconds

To breed a bee, you'll just need flowers. Once you hold a flower in your hand, any nearby bees will start following you. Once you attract two bees, feed them both flowers and they will mate to spawn a baby bee.

You can encourage bees to mate by feeding them flowers.

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