In the book, the spelling bee appeared as a very large bee who is obsessed with spelling words. In the movie, he appears smaller and wears glasses. The spelling bee doesn't sting. However, he uses his nose as a sword if he's fighting the Humbug, who is said to always lie, who is his enemy.
- His name is a pun on a spelling bee.
- He can joke around a bit and likes all people except the Humbug.
- Words he spelt were: assistance, alarmed, anything, perhaps, misapprehension, assure, peaceful, vegetable, speech, imposter, famished, pudding and charge (twice).