Humans struggle with matriarchy, given the dearth of elected female leaders around the world -- as newly announced U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could point out. But outside of our species, there are many females ruling their roosts.
One of the most well known examples is the honeybee queen.
"The female queen is large in size and specializes in reproduction, whereas workers are small and engage in colony-maintaining activities," according to Jianke Li of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science. "Their life spans also vary, with the queen living for 1 to 2 years and the workers living only 6 to 7 weeks."
Drones usually die upon mating or are expelled from the hive before winter sets in.
Photos: Faces of Bees, Flies and Friends