See, I remember seing this experiment done with a wasp (not a bee, could be very different) on a nature progrm as a kid. The particular kind of wasp would dig a burrow, lay eggs in it, go paralyze a grasshopper with its stinger, drag the grasshopper to the outside of the nest (a few inches away), go inside to make sure the eggs were there and everything was as it left it, go back out to get the grasshopper and drag it in for the little ones to eat when they hatch.
So they find a wasp that has built the nest, laid the eggs and found the grasshopper. It goes inside to check things out and they drag the grasshopper about a foot from where the wasp left it. The wasp emerges, looks around, sees the grasshopper but doesn’t identify it as the grasshopper it already stung, so it stings the grasshopper, drags it back to the entrance of the burrow and goes inside to check on the eggs.
They repeated the process 47 times.
So if that wasp was conscious it has an obsessive disorder.
But yes, bees are social animals, and I think being social is probably the key to being conscious (and to being smart, really).