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Bees.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration2–6 seconds

Bees are small flying enemies that are spawned by the Queen Bee in the Underground Jungle, and will also appear when destroying a Bee Hive and occasionally when mining Hive blocks that make up the Bee Hive biomes. They are not to be confused with summoned bees from the Bee Gun, the Bee Keeper, The Bee's Knees, the Beenade, or the Honey Comb – these bees are friendly projectiles. In Expert Mode, Bees will inflict the Poisoned debuff to players.


Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
2 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode
3 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode › Post-Plantera
NPC ID Type Health Damage Defense KB Resist
210 Bee.png Bee 20/245278/3678117 20/244264/366396 5/4812 50%/55%/60%
211 Bee (Small).png Small Bee 10/125266/187899 15/186480/2796120 2/168 50%/55%/60%


  • Unlike summoned bees, these Bees do not die/despawn when entering water.
    • However, a Bee Hive will not burst into Bees if it lands in water.
  • In Expert Mode, the damage done by Bees is greatly increased in Hardmode. This can catch players off-guard, as Bees are normally easily dealt with at this stage of the game.
  • Bees do not drop Souls of Light, Souls of Night, Biome Keys, or Biome Key Molds.
  • Bees can attack other enemies.


  • Since Bees can spawn from Hive blocks, it is recommended that the Bee Hive is entered with caution, even though they have little defense and health. While even the lowest-tier pickaxe, the Copper Pickaxe, is capable of killing them, breaking too many Hives at once can overwhelm a player with low-tier armor.


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Bee: "Found in hives and nests all throughout the jungle, these tiny pests will swarm an adventurer at every turn."

See also

  • HornetHornet – a similar, but much more dangerous enemy
  • Moss HornetMoss Hornet - a hardmode-exclusive, enhanced version of the Hornet
  • Bee MountBee Mount – a rideable bee mount
  • Hornet minionHornet minion – a hornet minion which fights enemies
  • Baby HornetBaby Hornet – a hornet pet (which will not fight)
  • TiphiaTiphia – a tiphia pet sharing almost the exact same appearance as a hornet (which will do 1 damage to enemies every ~0.3 seconds, but not chase them)