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This article is about the overall subject. For information about the beehives that can be entered in Mario Pinball Land, see Beehive (Mario Pinball Land). For the Super Smash Bros. item originating from the Animal Crossing franchise, see Beehive (Animal Crossing franchise).
Not to be confused with Honeycomb, a collectible health-restoring item in the Banjo-Kazooie franchise.

Mario looking at a beehve in Gelato Beach in Super Mario Sunshine
First appearance Donkey Kong 3 (1983)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (2021)

Beehives are the home for bees in both the real world and the overall Mario franchise. Furthermore, in the Mario franchise, they mostly serve as a hazardous object, in which tampering with a beehive causes a swarm of angry bees to emerge and go after whoever touched it. Beehives have also appeared as level themes and background elements. In the overall Mario franchise, Beehives first appear in Donkey Kong 3.


Donkey Kong franchise

Donkey Kong 3

In Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong proceeds to knock on beehives to dispatch the bugs in greenhouses (either with his fists, as is the case in the blue and gray greenhouses, or via coconuts, in the case of the yellow greenhouse). In the yellow greenhouse, Stanley also forces Donkey Kong into a beehive at the top, which then falls onto his head. In the arcade version, Donkey Kong, upon the beehive falling onto his head, then twitches and scrambles to get the beehive off, only to fall down to the ground, with the beehive then splitting open and revealing that Donkey Kong's face is partially swollen, with his right eye being puffy (heavily implying that Donkey Kong had been stung by the beehive's occupants).

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Land 2

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, a few levels take place in beehives created by Zingers. The first three are found in Krazy Kremland: Hornet Hole, Rambi Rumble, and King Zing Sting, the very latter being the boss level where King Zing is fought; the fourth and final beehive level is Parrot Chute Panic, found in Gloomy Gulch. The main and distinct feature of these beehive levels (except King Zing Sting) are the patches of sticky honey found on the ground and walls. Navigating through the levels often require Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong to cling on and jump from honey on the walls.

Donkey Kong 64

In Donkey Kong 64, there is a beehive found in Jungle Japes, and there is a Golden Banana located within it. It can only be entered by Tiny Kong while she is under the effects of Mini-Monkey.

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Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

A Stinga Comb in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

In Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, beehives (known here as Stinga Combs[1]) are an obstacle in several levels. If clapped at, some Stingas emerge from it.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a beehive is the main setting of the level Beehive Brawl.

Mario franchise

Super Mario series

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

In the main Mario franchise, a beehive makes its debut in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, where the entire Honeybees level takes place within a large beehive. It is primarily inhabited by a few bee-related enemies, including Bees, Skeleton Bees, and Būichis, but among the other inhabitants include Grubbies, Uneras, and Tamaras.

Super Mario Sunshine

Beehives also appear in Super Mario Sunshine. The bees only get angry if Mario gets too close to the beehive or Mario knocks it down by squirting it. Once that happens, the bees attack Mario. The bees will retreat once the beehive reappears after a short amount of time. Having Yoshi eat the bees grants Mario a coin for each one, but a Blue Coin or a 1-Up Mushroom is rewarded from the last bee eaten. Once all bees are eaten, the beehive will still reappear but with no bees to occupy it.

Super Mario Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, the Honeyhive Galaxy has several beehive-like planetoids that are inhabited by numerous bees. The galaxy is ruled by Queen Bee, who lives atop a large beehive planetoid with a garden, a small lake, and a fountain on the top.

Mario Party series

In the Mario Party series, honeycombs first appear in the Mario Party 2 minigame Honeycomb Havoc, which later returns in both Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars. In it, the characters must obtain fruit into their basket while avoiding honeycombs. As they roll down from the tree, it is inevitable that all but one character obtains a honeycomb, and the last character remaining is the winner. When a honeycomb lands into a character's basket, a bunch of bees emerge from it and chase them off-screen, disqualifying them from the minigame.

In Mario Party 7, Beehives are featured in the minigame Big Dripper.

Paper Mario

In Paper Mario, a beehive appears in the Forever Forest in the area where Mario finds the HP Plus Badge. If Mario uses his hammer attack on the beehive, it will cause an angry Bzzap! to come out and fight him.

Mario Kart 7

In Mario Kart 7, one of the Battle Courses, Honeybee Hive, takes place within a beehive.

Yoshi franchise

Yoshi's Story

In Yoshi's Story, beehives appear as an obstacle. The bees surrounding a beehive do not allow Yoshi to pass unless he walks slowly. If Yoshi hits a beehive with an egg, the bees attack him.

List of game appearances

Title Year of release System/format Role Franchise
Donkey Kong 3 1983 Arcade Object Donkey Kong
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins 1992 Game Boy Level setting Mario
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Level setting Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Land 2 1996 Game Boy Level setting Donkey Kong
Yoshi's Story 1998 Nintendo 64 Obstacle and hazardous object Yoshi
Donkey Kong 64 1999 Nintendo 64 Minor location within Jungle Jappes Donkey Kong
Mario Party 2 1999 Nintendo 64 Object in Honeycomb Havoc Mario
Paper Mario 2001 Nintendo 64 Object Mario
Super Mario Sunshine 2002 Nintendo GameCube Hazardous object Mario
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat 2004 Nintendo GameCube Hazardous object Donkey Kong
Mario Party 7 2005 Nintendo GameCube Object featured in Big Dripper Mario
Super Mario Galaxy 2007 Wii Featured throughout Honeyhive Galaxy Mario
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat 2008 Wii Same as in the original version Donkey Kong
Mario Kart 7 2011 Nintendo 3DS The setting of Honeybee Hive Mario
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 2014 Wii U The setting of Beehive Brawl Donkey Kong
Mario Party: The Top 100 2017 Nintendo 3DS Same as in Mario Party 2 Mario
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) 2018 Nintendo Switch Same as in the original version Donkey Kong
Mario Party Superstars 2021 Nintendo Switch Same as in Mario Party 2 Mario

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハチのす
Hachi no Su
Chinese 蜂巢
German Bienenstock Beehive
Italian Alveare Beehive
Russian Улей
Spanish Panal Beehive


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat internal filename (ObjectData/StingaComb.arc)