Bees either live in a honey vase or a nest. If the nest is disturbed or Abe passes by a swarm hanging around the vase, then they will chase him for a limited time. Being caught in the swarm will decrease Abe's health, and will eventually kill him. Bees also attack Paramites, which can serve as a useful distraction for Abe from both the bees and the Paramite. The bees will disturb Elum, although they will not kill it. The bees are often needed to stop Elum being distracted by honey. After enough time, the bee swarm will fly upwards.
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
In Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, if Abe is attacked by the bees, he will flail his arms in a circular formation. He can still move, but Abe's grunting sound will start to rise up in pitch as he looses his health. When Abe's grunting sound gets too high, he will die. It is the only mechanic that can kill Abe that does not do so in one hit.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
In Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, bees will remove birds from Abe's halo every half second he spends inside the swarm. While Abe is in the swarm, he will try to swat the bees around his head using his hands, while repeatedly screaming 'ow'. The bees can be distracted by giving them to natives, Paramites, or Elum. The natives will also swat bees around their heads, though they will never die from it.
- In Abe's Oddysee, the bees can be used with a glitch to skip Paramonia and Scrabania during an any percent speedrun.