The first part of the metaphor shows itself in metamorphosis. Out of all the things Gregor could change into, he changes into an insect. One cannot help but draw parallels between the Gregor’s life and an insect’s life. Most insects, especially ants and bees, have some sort of workers that provide for the rest of the group. Gregor provides for his family in much the same way as an insect would provide for its nest or hive. He sacrifices almost all aspects of fun, and does not desire to do anything but work. Eventually, his income becomes less of a generous act, and more of an expectation. His family’s existence rests solely on his shoulders, just as a queen bee relies on the worker bees.