Bees live in colonies. In those colonies there are 3 types of members: queens, drones, and workers.
The queen can live from 2-5 years, while the drone only 40-50 days. Drones are male bees, yet most of the bees in the colony are workers making honey and stinging for defense.
The workers are females and they live from 1-4 months.
As you can see, bee life varies wildly, each with its own lifecycle. Here's a closer look. The lifecycle of the worker bee: Egg (3 days), Larva (6 days), Pupa (12 days). This is a total of 21 days from egg (baby) to adult worker. The lifecycle of the drone is 24 days, while the queen's is 16 days.
What do bees actually have in common? Clearly not their time on Earth. Rather, in common is their interconnectedness—their reliance upon each other, and their respective roles, to survive as a colony.
Sounds a little bit like that other buzzing colony known as the human race.—N.B.