- This article is about the harmful bee found in trees. If you are looking for the bee that is found in flowers, see Honeybee.
- "I caught a bee! Bzzz bzz bzz bzzzzz! I'm glad it didn't sting me!" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a bee! I'm SO happy...that I didn't get stung!" —Wild World
- "I caught a bee! Bzz! Bzz! Bzz! Glad I didn't get stung!" —City Folk
- "I caught a bee! Bzzz! Bzzz! Bzzz! Phew! ...But why am I still holding it?!" —New Leaf
「ハチを 捕まえた！ ブン！ ブン！ ブン！ 刺されなくって よかったぁ！」 —Animal Forest e+
「ハチを つかまえた！ ブン！ ブン！ ブン！ ふ～～っ 刺されなくて 良かったぁ～！」 —New Leaf
「ハチに 刺されちゃった イテテ…」 —New Leaf
Bees are "harmful" bugs that appear in every game and, despite their appearance in large numbers, can only be caught in singular form, like ants. Once a bee is caught, the other bees in the swarm will dissipate. They are not visible to the player unless shaken out of their beehives and only appear in regular trees. Only 5 beehives are generated each day, but they cannot be found if the wireless gate is open and/or other players are inside the town.
Upon shaking down a beehive, the bees will start chasing the player and will continue to do so unless interrupted by going into a building (though it's recommended that a special building, i.e. the shop, Museum, or Town Hall, is used, as the bees can catch the player during their door-knocking animation) or saving and quitting. Villagers are aware of bees and will exclaim when spoken to during a chase.
If the bee swarm catches the player, the player's left eyelid will swell up, the right eyelid will move down to a sad position, and villagers will remark when spoken to. Reactions will vary (For example, snooty villagers chide, cranky villagers outright laugh and most uchi villagers will ask what the injury was from and give medicine). Swelling is, as previously suggested, cured by medicine or by saving and quitting.
Each game has a slightly different way of catching bees, though one method remains the same throughout. Although annoying at first, the bee is actually simple to catch.
When the tree has been shaken, the first action should be to equip the net. This is easier in the N64 and GCN versions, as the entire game pauses when you open your inventory. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, you have to be very quick. In Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it is simple too, as you can just use the d-pad to switch between equipment (though make sure that your net is the next button press; you have no chance if you have to fiddle through other tools to find it!).
The next part is simple; run away. Bees can outrun the player on straight stretches, so it is important to turn frequently (though don't turn too sharply, otherwise they will catch you; sometimes, the player may accidentally run directly into the swarm). It is possible to endlessly run in circles without them ever touching you, except in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. To catch the bees, you must turn back, aim, and swing the net at the area they will fly toward. This is somewhat hard in older games, since they are quite fast and can quickly gang up on the player. As the bees have a fairly small collision block, the perfect angle is necessary. If you miss, there is a chance to get a second or even multiple net swings while the bees are within stinging range by pressing the A button very quickly.
In Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it is simpler. Catching the bees can be done by running north of the tree a short distance and simply facing down and catching them when they fly up. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, this can be repeated in any direction without too much difficulty.
In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there is an alternate method, though its reliability varies between individuals (some find it the easiest method of catching bees, others find it risky and chance-based). When in your bag, wait for the bees to come around your head; they cannot sting you while you are in your inventory. To catch them, close the menu and mash the A button as fast as you can. There is a moment when the player has a priority in the coding events, so if you can swing the net during this time fast enough, you will catch them, assuming they happen to be in front of you on the swing.
To avoid getting stung in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you can save (and continue) your game has soon as the beehive drops on the ground. The beehive will stay and the bees will disappear.
One tactic to avoid getting stung is to run upwards towards a clearing after the beehive drops, then begin to rapidly cycle through your tools with the Left or Right D-pad while actually waiting for the bees to move in closer to the player. As long as the animation for pulling out a tool is rolling, the bee's stinging animation will be delayed, and eventually the bees will place themselves in-front of the player. When that happens, quickly press the A button as soon as you cycle back to the net. Do not delay cycling for too long, or the bees will begin stinging regardless.
Donating to the Museum
In Animal Crossing
Blathers will remark: "Why, I'd imagine it took more than a bit of skill and daring to catch bees! You've got 'moxie,' as I believe they say. I'm certain you must have been stung numerous times. How terribly painful that must have been, eh wot? Incidentally, do you know how some honeybees protect their hives when attacked by giant wasps? The giant wasps can't survive heats above 113 degrees, but the honeybees can live at heats up to 122 degrees. The canny honeybees use this nine-degree difference to their fullest advantage, wot! When the wasps arrive, the bees attack them en masse. A single wasp may be swarmed by up to 500 bees! Now this is truly amazing. The bees then begin to vibrate, creating a veritable cocoon of suffocating heat. Do you see the genius at work here? This swarming is but a feverish defense against the giant wasps' weakness. The temperature? Hoo hoo! Lo and behold, 120 degrees! Just below the bees own threshold of survival! In this incredible fashion, the honeybees literally lay their lives on the line to protect the hive! Stupendous! To be honest, I learned that from a wee documentary I saw on the telly! Of course, incredible feats can only go so far. When all is said and done, they're still insects, and still ghastly!"
In Wild World
Blathers will comment on the player's donation as follows:
"I once thought that its stinger was a bee's lone defense, but... ...I've recently heard that they also possess terribly repulsive breath! Of course, the gent who told me this was a bit of a rabid liar, but still! I would heartily endorse the following action if you see another: FLEE LIKE MAD! Stingers and bad breath, honestly! What monstrous little beasties..."
In City Folk
Blathers will comment on your donation as follows:
"It can be quite dangerous to receive a large dose of bee venom-- for example, by being stung. That said, did you know that same substance is actually used in some women's perfumes? Indeed! A potent venom and a potent perfume... Which do you suppose is more devastating, wot?"
The bee can be found buzzing about on the highest tier of the bug room, among the trees.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Bees are prone to attacking anyone who comes too close to their hive, so be careful when approaching! The yellow and black you see on their bodies are colors often used to convey danger. This danger is pretty significant, as many varieties of bees are capable of stinging multiple times."
The bee can be found flying from tree to tree along the back wall of the museum's bug exhibit.
| "These dangerous bugs are black and yellow."|
| ''These poison-carrying bees will attack big foes to protect the queen."|
- In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, if there are bees in the vicinity and a player talks to a villager while they're fishing, they will only bring up the fishing dialogue instead of the bee chase restriction.
- Since bees usually appear with the beehive in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the total would be 3,000 bells if both the bee and the beehive were included.
- Wearing something on the face to cover up the bee sting (i.e. glasses) will not hide it.
The bee's in-game rendering is that of a Japanese Giant Hornet (大雀蜂 Ōsuzume-bachi?), a species of wasp, as opposed to a general bee. This translation error may have been caused by a lack of research on the localization team's part, as the Japanese games simply call them ハチ (蜂 Hachi?), a general term used for both bees and wasps.
The Asian Hornet has a large amount of very potent venom which kills an upside of 60+ people every year in Asia. An allergic human stung by the giant hornet may die from a reaction to the venom, but the venom additionally contains a neurotoxin named mandaratoxin (MDTX) which is a single-chain polypeptide with a molecular weight of approximately 20,000 amu (atomic mass unit). If a sufficient dose is received, it can be lethal even to those who are not allergic.Each year in Japan, the human death toll caused by Asian giant hornet stings exceeds that of all other venomous and non-venomous wild animals combined, including wild bears and venomous snakes.