A hive can spawn when opening an ancient shrine or at Infestation events. It is imperative that you destroy it as fast as possible. A few seconds after the encounter, it will start to deploy insects like megascarabs, megaspiders and spelopedes. Megaspiders or spelopedes tend the hives, and without them, the hives will begin to show lack of maintenance, and shortly afterwards will deteriorate in 2.5 in-game hours. Insects will attack creatures trespassing the hive's boundaries, except for wild animals. They will not chase too far away and won't defend themselves from attackers outside the radius. As well as mine random tiles which sometimes lead to Collapsed rocks falling from above and killing anything below.
If left untouched, each hive will spawn another hive within a few tiles in a progressive pattern. The time between hive reproduction depends on difficulty. Hives can increase the temperature of their surroundings up to 38°C. It spawns 20 Insect jelly within 10.4 to 12 game hours in its direct radius, and 1 Glow pods within 12 and 24 game hours. Hives take damage at -20°C.
During Infestation, full waves of insects appear during the first few seconds. The hives will not expand to tiles without a roof, but the hives may expand to tiles with an overhead mountain.
Dormant hives may be present in Caves. Those hives will not spread, although they will produce insects, jelly and glow pods as usual.