"Ladybugs are lazy. All they do is
fly home to see if their houses are on fire. We~ez_rsquo~re much busier than they
are," Barney Bee said. He buzzed around the beehive with the other bees.
"Look at them all. They~ez_rsquo~re just
sitting on the leaves doing nothing," Betty Bee added.
"Maybe they don~ez_rsquo~t have anything to
do," Billy Bee said. "They don~ez_rsquo~t gather pollen, they don~ez_rsquo~t help take care
of a hive, and they don~ez_rsquo~t have a queen to look after. Maybe they want to
do something but can~ez_rsquo~t think of anything to do."
"They~ez_rsquo~re lazy insects. They don~ez_rsquo~t
know what the word busy means," Barney snarled.
"I~ez_rsquo~m going to go and ask them,"
Billy said and flew down to the leaves. "Hey! Ladybug! Why are you so
lazy? Why don~ez_rsquo~t you keep yourself busy and do something besides sit
The ladybug looked at the bee. "We
aren~ez_rsquo~t bees. We don~ez_rsquo~t make honey. We don~ez_rsquo~t live in a hive. Our job is to
sit here and look pretty," Lisa answered.
"The other bees think you~ez_rsquo~re lazy
insects. Would you like to help us gather pollen?" Billy asked.
"We can~ez_rsquo~t do that. It~ez_rsquo~s not because
we~ez_rsquo~re lazy. We aren~ez_rsquo~t bees. We~ez_rsquo~re 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!
They~ez_rsquo~re 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. You~ez_rsquo~re 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.