Everything you need to know about Minecraft bees

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Bees are a neutral mob in Minecraft, meaning they keep to themselves unless you mess with them or their nests. If you get stung, the bee loses its stinger and eventually dies, just like in reality. Poor thing.

Minecraft bees are resourceful and just want to live the good life, gathering pollen and helping you grow your crops. They don’t like the rain and sleep at night, and can be used to collect honey.

You can find bees hanging out near bee nests in flower forests, plains, and sunflower plains biomes. They spawn naturally and can hold up to five levels of honey.

You can keep the bees calm by placing a campfire near a nest or hive, which is imperative if you’re collecting honeycomb or filling up your honey bottle. Be sure to use silk touch to safely retrieve the nest, otherwise it will be destroyed.

Using shears on a bee nest when it is at maximum capacity produces honeycomb. A bee nest is more likely to get up to the max level if the bees are left to pass through the nests undisturbed.

You can craft your own beehive using wood planks and honeycomb. In the crafting grid, place wood planks in the top three and bottom three slots, then place three honeycombs in the middle row.

When a hive or bee nest is visibly brimming with honey, you can use an empty bottle on it to obtain a full honey bottle. You can then use that to craft sugar or honey blocks.

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