Frank Zhang has a unique legacy ability from Poseidon, through Periclymenus, to shapeshift into any animal he wants.

He had once turned into a swarm of bees. It's been intriguing about how he can become multiple animals at once. Does he control each bee separately, or the entire bunch as a whole?

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I'm going to go with each one individually, but can control all of them as a whole,.

Annabeth scanned the sky. "That's why I made a plan with Frank and Hazel. Hopefully... ah. Look."
A bee zipped overhead. Dozens more followed. They swarmed around a column, then hovered over the opening of the pit.
"Say hi to Frank, everybody," Annabeth said.
Piper waved. The cloud of bees zipped away.
"How does even work?" Percy said. "Like... one bee is a finger? Two bees are his eyes?"
"I don't know," Annabeth admitted. "But he's our go-between. As soon as he gives Hazel the word, she will -"
"Gah!" Percy yelped.
The Heroes of Olympus, book 5: The Blood of Olympus, chapter 42

But that's not the first time we see Frank turn into a swarm of bees. He does it in The Mark of Athena too:

Piper had a gag in her mouth, so apparently the dolphins had discovered she could charmspeak. Frank was the only one missing, though two of the dolphins had bee stings covering their faces.
Could Frank actually turn into a swarm of bees? Percy hoped so. If he was free aboard the ship somewhere, that could be an advantage, assuming Percy could figure out how to communicate with him.
The Heroes of Olympus, book 3: The Mark of Athena, chapter 30

The key point here is the bee stings - Frank has to be able to control when each bee individually stings, otherwise his entire swarm would sting at once and he'd die. He has to sting when the right bees are in the right place, which requires being able to control each bee individually.
And as we see in the first quote, we see a single bee zipping, and then the rest of the swarm. He has to be able to direct each one to know roughly when to turn each bee, so that the swarm can move - if it had to move as one big unit, that would greatly hamper Frank's ability to move around as a swarm of bees.

Aside from that, we don't know much about his bee transformation ability, as the quote from The Blood of Olympus shows.

  • If one bee dies on stinging, does he lose a finger or something? Or could he remain unscathed as long as one bee was alive?
    – Righter
    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:26
  • Makes a lot more sense to turn into a swarm of wasps
    – Righter
    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:26

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