You can now build beehives to keep bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.

This sounds like the Wikipedia definition, but that's exactly how it works:

  • capture a Queen Bee. Queen bees can be found in wild hives, particularly in dead trees around the wilderness. They are not easy to come by
  • once you have one Queen Bee, you can try to start a colony.
  • Build a Beehive
  • Plant flowers around the hive (Golden Rod and/or Chrysanthemum)
  • Put your Queen Bee in the hive.
  • If you keep an healthy environment, your Queen Been will create it's swarm.
  • Once a hive is populated with a Queen Bee and a Bee Swarm, it will start producing Honey Combs, Propolis Royal Jelly and Beesbread. These can be collected by the player and used in multiple recipes.
  • The recipes include food, medicine and even candles.
  • You can also craft a beekeeping suit, that will allow you to safely harvest your hives.
  • If a Queen Bee dies or is removed, but the swarm is still alive and the environment is healthy, a new queen bee will be generated in time.
  • If the swarm dies, but the Queen Bee is still alive on a healthy environment, a new swarm will be generated in time.

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