After a conversation about "do Bees age?", I noted the following:
We don't have, that I remember, any confirmed lore cases of ancient Bees. We do have ancient Beings (like Lilith and Samael) who are said to have survived the Ages. But we don't know, lore-wise, whether Bees are truly immortal or not. They can't be permanently killed, because they're resurrected/put back together. But do they age?
Spoiler: The Park / Halloween 2015 SpoilerShow
One thing which multiple people have confirmed is that, the issue of aging aside, something about being a Bee 'changes' us. The Buzzing references this, as does the Seven Silences quest line, and the Orochi Tower talks from Samael. I believe Klein in Issue 14 (Angry Earth) also references this -- I might have to go back and replay them to put it all together.
So, I ended up asking Scrivnomancer, previously the lead-writer on TSW, about it, to see if he'd answer me. (He answered me before, regarding whether mortals can go through Agartha, and answered Momentary before on whether Bees can be infected by Filth, so it seemed like a good chance).
However, this is the answer I got. It is not terribly helpful, but does hint at things to come:
t's actually a question they've started asking themselves in game. While the recent explosion of activated Bees is new, they are not new beings to the planet (evidence suggests that there have been similar explosions of Bees in the past). This seems to be when Gaia activates them, when they are needed for a specific purpose. But what happens after that purpose? Are they meant to die out? What happens if they live independently past that purpose? Are they more able to actively shape their fates? Do they live forever? Do they evolve into something else? There are some clues. There are a few clues here and there, but it hasn't been definitely answered within the game yet. But I will say the fact that it's a mystery...means that something probably happens to Bees on the long term The question is, if they do live a long time, what happened to the old Bees? Did they go somewhere? Did they turn into something else?