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|Near flowers||100 Bells|
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
| March to August (Wild World)|
March to July (CF, NL)
| 9am to 4pm (Wild World)|
8am to 5pm (CF, NL)
|Scientific name||Apis cerena|
|Family||Apidae- Various Bees|
|Appearances||WW, CF, NL|
|Regional names|| Abeille naine |
- "I caught a honeybee! What a sweet catch!" —New Leaf
The honeybee (ミツバチ, Mitsubachi?) is a small bug that can be found buzzing around flowers, sometimes settling on them. They are very common, but should not be confused with the bee, their tree-dwelling cousins. An important difference from the bee is that they are harmless and will not sting the player.
Donating to the museum
In Wild World
"The stinger of a honeybee is actually connected to its internal organs, eh wot? When it uses its stinger... the organs get pulled out. What an abhorrent image! I'm terribly sorry, but nature is not always family friendly!"
After donation, the honeybee can be found on or flying around the flowers in the exhibit on the left of the first room of the bug area.
In City Folk
Blathers will talk about the honeybee with disgust again in City Folk-
"Honeybees are rather famous among bees for the impressive teamwork they exhibit, eh wot? I've even heard they will swarm over enemies many times their size in an attempt to suffocate them. I must admit, it makes them seem rather like a bunch of brave warriors... Even so, when I imagine a massive swarm of bees, a different phrase comes to mind... "BLEEECCCH!""
It can be found in the lower-left section of the exhibit, buzzing among the roses.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Honeybees gather nectar from flowers and make honey, making them integral in many ecosystems. The worker bees are females and the only ones capable of stinging, though that is rather rare. The hive does contain males, but after mating season, they are all sent away. Honey has been consumed since ancient times. Cave paintings 8,000 years old show people eating honey."
- "I caught a honeybee! Hello, honey!" —Wild World
- "I caught a honeybee! Hey there, sweetie!" —City Folk
| "The worker bees are female. Honey is a natural preservative!"|
|Season||Spring and Summer|
Further informationApis cerana japonica, the Asiatic honey bee, is a hardy species of bee that originates from South-Eastern Asia. It is used commercially for its honey, despite having a smaller yield than its European counterpart, Apis mellifera. Mellifera has, however, been subject to selective breeding for many centuries, greatly increasing honey output over the years. An interesting form of defense in the case of the Asiatic honey bee against a specific predator, the Japanese giant hornet, involves swarming around the hornet. This raises the hornet's temperature, overheating and subsequently killing it.