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how long can a bee live

Wildlife Expert - Ken Burton

A bee's potential lifespan depends on its sex and social function. Workers, which are all female and make up most of the colony, can live up to four months, though one month is more typical. The male drones live only 40-50 days, while the queen can live up to five years, though most don't live more than two. These lifespans all begin after the egg-larva-pupa stages, which last 21 days for workers, 24 days for drones, and 16 days for queens.

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