"Ladybugs are lazy. All they do is
fly home to see if their houses are on fire. Were much busier than they
are," Barney Bee said. He buzzed around the beehive with the other bees.
"Look at them all. Theyre just
sitting on the leaves doing nothing," Betty Bee added.
"Maybe they dont have anything to
do," Billy Bee said. "They dont gather pollen, they dont help take care
of a hive, and they dont have a queen to look after. Maybe they want to
do something but cant think of anything to do."
"Theyre lazy insects. They dont
know what the word busy means," Barney snarled.
"Im going to go and ask them,"
Billy said and flew down to the leaves. "Hey! Ladybug! Why are you so
lazy? Why dont you keep yourself busy and do something besides sit
The ladybug looked at the bee. "We
arent bees. We dont make honey. We dont live in a hive. Our job is to
sit here and look pretty," Lisa answered.
"The other bees think youre lazy
insects. Would you like to help us gather pollen?" Billy asked.
"We cant do that. Its not because
were lazy. We arent bees. Were ladybugs and very different from you.
You go about your business and leave us to ours," Lisa said.
Billy shrugged his shoulders and
flew up to the others. Just then Lisa and a hundred other ladybugs came
flying up to the beehive. They swirled around the bees and the hive. "Wow!
Theyre very pretty. Look at their wings!" Barney said.
Billy watched the ladybugs. "I see
what you mean," he shouted to Lisa. "Your job is to be pretty. Our job is
to gather pollen and be busy. Youre not lazy at all."
The ladybugs flew around for a while
and then disappeared into the bushes. The bees realized that all insects
are there for different reasons. Some are meant to be busy and some are
meant to be lazy.