Wasp

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This article is about the stinging variety found in trees. For the smaller and harmless variety found near flowers, see Honeybee.
"OWWWW! I got stung by a bee..." —Animal Crossing (Stung by bees)
"I got stung by BEES! Ow! Ow ow ow ow!" —Wild World (Stung by bees)
"I got stung by a bee! Ow! Ow ow ow!" —City Folk (Stung by bees)
"Ow! Ow ow ow... I got stung by bees!" —New Leaf (Stung by bees)
"Ow! Ow ow ow... I got stung by wasps!" —New Horizons (Stung by wasps)
Wasp
Wasp NH.png
Scientific name
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Family
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Months available All year
Times available All day
Location In trees
Rarity N/A (5 per day)
Sell price 4,500 Bells (Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing, Doubutsu no Mori e+, Wild World)
2,500 Bells (City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ハチ
Korean 
Italian Vespa
German Wespe

Simplified Chinese 黄蜂
French Guêpe
Spanish Avispa
Dutch Wesp

Traditional Chinese 黃蜂
Quebec French Guêpe
Latin American Spanish Avispa
Russian Оса


The Wasp[nb 1] (known as the Bee prior to New Horizons) is a harmful bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. Wasps are found in trees, when shaken, and they will chase the player and sting them if not caught in time. If stung, the player's left eye swells. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, if the player is stung by another wasp while still swollen, they will pass out and be returned to their house. If they are on a Mystery Island and they are stung twice, they will return to Wilbur at the dock.

If the player's gates are open or if multiplayer is active, harmful bugs, including Wasps, will not appear.

The player can be healed either with medicine or by simply saving and ending the game. Villagers will remark on a stung player's appearance if the player has been stung, with normal villagers reacting in fright or concern and snooty villagers chiding the player for that attack (adding insult to injury); while cranky villagers can outright laugh at the player. In New Leaf, sisterly villagers will act concerned for the player, and will give them medicine if they are stung, even if the villager is currently sick. If a Wasp Nest falls from a tree and the player goes to talk to a villager, the villager will notice the wasps in the air and say something in fear such as, "Get away from me!"

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#23

Wasp
"I caught a bee! Bzzz, bzz, bzz, bzzzzz!"

Times All year: All day
Location In trees
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#12

Wasp
"I caught a bee! I'm so happy... that I didn't get stung!"

Description These dangerous bugs are yellow and black.
Times All year: All day
Peak Times
Location In trees
Bug Size 38 mm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#13

Wasp
"I caught a bee! Bzz! Bzz! Bzz! Glad I didn't get stung!"

Description These poison-carrying bees will attack big foes to protect the queen.
Times All year: All day
Peak Times
Location In trees
Bug Size About 38 mm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#13

Wasp
"I caught a bee! Bzzz! Bzzz! Bzzz! Phew! ...But why am I still holding it?!"

Times All year: All day
Peak Times
Location In trees
Size 30 mm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]

#25

Wasp
"I caught a wasp! That's gotta sting..."

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day All day
Location Shaking trees
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2500 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3750 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Why, I'd imagine it took more than a bit of skill and daring to catch bees! You've got 'moxie,' as I believe they say. I'm certain you must have been stung numerous times. How terribly painful that must have been, eh wot? Incidentally, do you know how some honeybees protect their hives when attacked by giant wasps? The giant wasps can't survive heats above 113 degrees, but the honeybees can live at heats up to 122 degrees. The canny honeybees use this nine-degree difference to their fullest advantage, wot! When the wasps arrive, the bees attack them en masse. A single wasp may be swarmed by up to 500 bees! Now this is truly amazing. The bees then begin to vibrate, creating a veritable cocoon of suffocating heat. Do you see the genius at work here? This swarming is but a feverish defense against the giant wasps' weakness. The temperature? Hoo hoo! Lo and behold, 120 degrees! Just below the bees own threshold of survival! In this incredible fashion, the honeybees literally lay their lives on the line to protect the hive. Stupendous! To be honest, I learned that from a wee documentary I saw on the telly! Of course, incredible feats go only so far. When all is said and done, they're still insects, and still ghastly!"

In Wild World[edit]

"I once thought that its stinger was a bee's lone defense, but... ...I've recently heard that they also possess terribly replusive breath! Of course, the gent who told me this was a bit of a rabit liar, but still! I would heartly endorse the following action if you see another: FLEE LIKE MAD! Stingers and bad breath, honestly! What monstrous little beasties..."

In City Folk[edit]

"It can be quite dangerous to receive a large dose of bee venom-- for example, by being stung. That said, did you know that same substance is actually used in some women's perfumes? Indeed! A potent venom and a potent perfume... Which do you suppose is more devastating, wot?"

The Bee can be found flying from tree to tree along the back wall of the museum's insect exhibit.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated, the Bee can be found in the room of the bug exhibit with the light in, flying around and resting on a tree in the back. The exhibit has this to say about the Bee:

"Bees are prone to attack 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."

In New Horizons[edit]

Upon donating the wasp to the museum the curator, Blathers, will say the following:

"Hoo! Allow me to share a fact with you! Wasps are sometimes called "meat bees" because...They. Eat. MEAT! MEAT! Of almost any sort! Surely you've seen what a menace they make of themselves at picnics. 'Tis hardly the worst of it, wot wot! Aggressive predators with venomous stingers, wasps not only hunt and eat other insects... they paralyze their prey, then drag their victims home ALIVE, leaving them for their larva to feed upon. Suddenly a simple sting seems quite tolerable."

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

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.

Cerana can survive at temperatures of as low as -0.1°C and heights of up to 3,500 meters.

Asiatic honey bees have a unique defense mechanism against a specific predator, the Japanese giant hornet. It involves surrounding the hornet and then vibrating. This raises the hornet's temperature, overheating and subsequently killing it. Despite this, just approximately thirty Japanese giant hornets can obliterate an entire hive consisting of thousands of bees in a few hours.

A common point of speculation regarding the Wasp in the Animal Crossing series is whether or not it is meant to be based on the Asiatic honey bee or the Japanese giant hornet. As the bee's Japanese name, hachi, can refer to both bees and wasps interchangeably and the bee's in-game design in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf is more similar to the Japanese giant hornet, some speculate that it is based more on the hornet than the honeybee and that the reference to it as a bee is a mistranslation.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ハチ
hachi
Hymenopteran (can refer to bees, wasps, sawflies, etc.)

Korean
beol
Wasp

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
黄蜂 / 黃蜂
huángfēng
Wasp

Russian Оса
Osa
Wasp

Dutch Wesp Wasp

German Wespe Wasp

European Spanish Avispa Wasp

European French Guêpe Wasp

Italian Vespa Wasp

Notes[edit]

  1. Japanese: ハチ Hepburn: Hachi


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