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Honeybee Gallery

"I caught a honeybee! Ah, sweet success!" —New Horizons

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 wasp (or "bee" prior to New Horizons), their tree-dwelling cousins. An important difference from the wasp is that they are harmless and will not sting the player.

Donation 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

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."

In New Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"Did you know it takes a team of honeybees working together to transform flower nectar into honey? Indeed, forager bees suck nectar from flowers into their "honey stomachs" and then fly it to the hive. Hive bees then chew the substance and spit it into the honeycomb, fluttering their wings to dry it out. Yes, you could say honey is a tasty tribute to the hard work of the humble honeybee. Oh! Oh my! You mustn't confuse my lengthy description for admiration! At the end of the day, honeybees are still insects, and thus still ghastly! A wee bit less ghastly than most, I admit."

Unlock with Happy Home Handbook Lesson

In Happy Home Designer

After Day 9 in-game, go to the saving place and sit down at your desk. Pick the "Study the handbook" option and you can complete the "World Insects" lesson with 2 play coins. It adds 72 insects to your collection.

Capture quotes

"I caught a honeybee! Hello, honey!" —Wild World
"I caught a honeybee! Hey there, sweetie!" —City Folk
"I caught a honeybee! What a sweet catch!" —New Leaf
"I caught a honeybee! Ah, sweet success!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

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

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Honeybee (City Folk).png
"All worker bees are female. Their honey has an almost indefinite shelf life."
Size 18 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Spring-Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Honeybee encyclopedia (New Leaf).jpg
"I caught a honeybee! What a sweet catch!"
Size 13 mm
Time Noon
Season Spring and Summer

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a honeybee! Ah, sweet success!"
Current Active Hours 8am to 5pm
Months active (north) Mar. to July
Months active (south) Sept. to Jan.


  • Blathers appears to show some admiration towards the honeybee, although he appears to still feel uncomfortable towards them.

Further information

Main article: Honeybee on Wikipedia

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.

In other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese ミツバチ Mitsubachi
France French Abeille naine
Spain Spanish Abeja melífera
Germany German Honigbiene
Italy Italian Ape operaia
The Netherlands Dutch Honingbij
Russia Russian Восковая пчела Voskovaya pchela
China Chinese 蜜蜂 Mìfēng
South Korea Korean 꿀벌 Kkulbeol

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