Even I, who've never kept bees, knows that the majority of active honey bees are sterile females with no interest in mating. The only purpose of the small number of males (called 'dones') is to breed with the queen bee when the time is right. It may be that what the drones get up to in their spare time has a slight bearing on this but the majority of pollinating bees are the sterile females (called 'workers').
Note: It may be that the bumblebee population is being discussed here, since they have a different lifestyle and social organisation. I'll wait for someone who knows to comment.