the term work bees, to many folk nowadays, is a long-forgotten distant memory of an era that seems more fitting to pioneer life. it is a term not to be confused with a classification of insects!
i suspect that the term, work bees, was started by our forefathers out of sheer necessity in order to perform tasks that were not possibly done alone. ‘group activity’ might be a modern-day term, but it is not nearly so romantic.
threshing, quilting, buzz-sawing, silo-filling, and barn-raising are foremost examples of jobs that, by necessecity, had to be done by work bees. husking corn, stooking grain, shocking corn, and butchering