- "I caught a bee! Bzzz! Bzzz! Bzzz! Phew! ...But why am I still holding it?!"
- "Ow! Ow ow ow... I got stung by bees!"
The bee, Vespa mandarinia, is a harmful bug that can be caught all day, year-round. It can be sold for 2,500 Bells, and the beehive can be sold for 500 Bells.
When the player shakes a tree and a beehive falls, the player character will display a "shocked" emotion, and the chase music begins playing. The bees will chase the player until they take cover in a building, catch the bee, or get stung. If stung, the player's left eye will swell up. Villagers make comments on the appearance of a player after getting stung, some reacting fearfully, others in disgust, and some just laughing. If the player talks to a villager while being chased by bees, they'll ask him/her to get away from them in fright.
Swelling can be cured using medicine, or restarting the game. Medicine is bought at the Nookling shop for 400 Bells.
An information board in the bug exhibit will provide 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."
Although bees are annoying at first, they are fairly simple to catch for players who have the right strategy.
When the tree is shaken and the beehive falls, the first action should be to get a safe distance away and equip the net. The player should not run too far, as they will catch up with him/her. There's a slight delay before they chase the player, use this to the advantage to get a little distance on them. Equip the net either by pausing the game (which pauses the bees and gives more time to plan), or using the D-Pad for a quick catch. Once they're close enough, swing down and they're caught.
If the player is escaping the bees, he/she can get a good distance from them fairly simple. If one runs around them, they have a bit of a large curve in their turn, so the player can essentially infinitely run away from them.
In real life
The Asian Giant Hornet, also known as the Yak-killer Hornet is native to temperate and tropical Eastern Asia. It’s the largest hornet in the world, boasting a body length of about 50 mm, a wingspan of about 76 mm, and a sting—which injects a large amount of potent venom—of about 6 mm.
The Asian Giant Hornet is a relentless hunter that preys on other large insects, such as bees, other hornet species, and mantises. Adult hornets cannot digest solid protein, so the hornets do not eat their prey, but chew them into a paste and feed them to their larvae. The larvae produces a clear liquid, which the adults then consume.