How long do bees live?

male honeybee

A honeybee hive consists of about 40,000 workers, 500 drones and 1 queen.  The drones and workers live about 30 days, but the queen can live up to 7 years.   Her longevity is related to the consumption of royal jelly during her gestation period. While the drones and workers receive royal jelly for the first 3 days, the queen consumes royal jelly during her entire gestation.

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