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Float Like a Butterfly, or Sting Like a Bee - Which Would You Choose?

Updated on December 31, 2014

The Butterfly...

If you chose to be a butterfly, maybe it's because a butterfly is considered beautiful to look at. You could be considered as graceful, flying around flower to flower. You would need to be a lover of warm temperatures so you can fly, and flying is something you do well. You are the only insect to have two, large wings made of scales. You also would be a lover of drinking nectar, for using your long tube-like tongue (a proboscis) would be the only way for you to obtain nourishment.

But consider this...the average adult butterfly lives up to only a month, or two. Just like human hair, your beautifully colored wings would lose their color as you age. Of course, this lifespan depends on the type of butterfly you are, how big you are, and what dangers you have around you that could cause your lifespan to be shortened. If you are a migrating butterfly you could live up to seven months, because the temperatures you migrate to are warm enough to sustain you longer; however, there are still dangers while migrating and you would have a harder time of making new butterflies.

The Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch is known to live anywhere from 6 to 10 months depending on migration and surrounding dangers.
The Monarch is known to live anywhere from 6 to 10 months depending on migration and surrounding dangers. | Source

The Bee...

If you chose to be a bee, here are some things that make you different from the other insect. The bee, who also flits around flower to flower, may not be as graceful, but it works hard to obtain it's purpose, and it does so within a colony of many.

The average lifespan of a bee depends on what gender you are and your ranking within the colony. You have more of an advantage if you are female. If you are of a higher class, you are queen and will live anywhere from 2 to 5 years. The 'lower-class' females are the workers, the bees that are seen flying around the flowers and possibly stinging some innocent (or not-so-innocent) by-stander in defense. They are who make the honey, keep house, and tend to the queen and the pupa (babies), and they live 1 to 4 months.

Guys, as a bee, you are known as a drone, and, unfortunately, you live to be only 40 to 50 days old. You are in charge of guarding the hive and tending to the queen's 'needs', if you are strong enough.

Beautiful flowers - inviting for any insect to come to dinner!
Beautiful flowers - inviting for any insect to come to dinner! | Source

As For Me...

While I enjoy observing both insects, I believe that I would choose to be a bee based off the research I've read. I am one who likes to work within a community, helping where I'm needed. I am a teacher by occupation, so I would probably be a worker bee (taking care of the little ones) and not the queen; besides, I don't like to be the one in charge too often. Living a little longer also helps in my decision. Although flying lazily around on a warm, sunny day enjoying a sip of nature here and there is inviting, I would feel the need to be with others and fulfilling a higher purpose.

And Now, How About You?

Which insect would you be if you had to choose one?

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