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"it/il" can be a bear (un ours), a lizard (un iguane), a toad (un crapaud)...
Woah, is a toad seriously called un crapeau? This keeps getting better and better.
a lizard = un lézard
an iguana = un iguane
An iguana is a genus of herbivorous lizards
This sentence is an attempt to make you realize that "il" can translate to "he" and "it", when the subject is masculine, ie human or not.
If you understand that it is more probable that an insectivorous animal might eat a bee, you will translate "il" to "it".
Could also be "they eat a bee" ("ils mangent une abeille"). Sounds the same.
That would be a very high register (very formal) optional liaison, no?
If "-lle" is preceded by "i", the sound moves from L to Y
- belle = BEL
- abeille = ABE-Y
the correct answer is pretty confusing? shouldn't it be he? and it is eating a bee how does that make sense?
"il" can represent any any person, or animal or object with a masculine gender.
Since it is not highly probable that a man eats a bee, common sense points to an animal, like "un oiseau" (bird), "un lézard" (lizard), or any other insectivore.