ミツバチ Mitsubachi
Honeybee encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Near flowers 100 Bells
Size Available in rain
13 mm Unknown
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
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of France small Abeille naine
Flag of Germany small Honigbiene
Flag of Spain Abeja melífera
Flag of Italy small Ape operaia
"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

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the honeybee can be donated to the Museum followed by a small talk by Blathers, the curator.

In Wild World

The curator of the museum, Blathers, will accept the honeybee as a donation to the bug exhibit. He will talk about the honeybee briefly before accepting it:

"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."

Capture quotes

"I caught a honeybee! Hello, honey!" —Wild World
"I caught a honeybee! Hey there, sweetie!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Honeybee (Wild World) "The worker bees are female. Honey is a natural preservative!"
Size 13 mm
Time Midday
Season Spring and Summer
Icon Honeybee (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Honeybee (City Folk)
"I caught a honeybee! What a sweet catch!"
Size 18 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Spring-Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Honeybee encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"All worker bees are female. Their honey has an almost indefinite shelf life."
Size 13 mm
Time Noon
Season Spring and Summer

Further information

Real Bee

Apis cerana japonica, the Asiatic honey bee, on a flower.

Apis 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.

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