The lady bees do all of the work in the hive. That is why they are called 'worker bees' and the gentlemen bees are called 'drones'.
Throughout her short life, a lady bee will be a nurse, maid, guard, scout, undertaker, architect, construction worker, attendant to the queen, pollen collector, beeswax producer, and honey maker. The life span of a lady bee is only about six weeks during the hive’s active season and about six months during the less-active winter months. They are the smallest bees in the hive by size, but the largest in numbers. A hive with 40,000 bees would only have about 600 drones and all of the rest would be lady bees including the queen. The bees that you see out in the world, on flowers, and in trees are all lady bees!