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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Lazy Ladybugs

Lazy Ladybugs

"Ladybugs are lazy. All they do is fly home to see if their houses are on fire. Weíre much busier than they are," Barney Bee said. He buzzed around the beehive with the other bees.

"Look at them all. Theyíre just sitting on the leaves doing nothing," Betty Bee added.

"Maybe they donít have anything to do," Billy Bee said. "They donít gather pollen, they donít help take care of a hive, and they donít have a queen to look after. Maybe they want to do something but canít think of anything to do."

"Theyíre lazy insects. They donít know what the word busy means," Barney snarled.

"Iím going to go and ask them," Billy said and flew down to the leaves. "Hey! Ladybug! Why are you so lazy? Why donít you keep yourself busy and do something besides sit there?"

The ladybug looked at the bee. "We arenít bees. We donít make honey. We donít live in a hive. Our job is to sit here and look pretty," Lisa answered.

"The other bees think youíre lazy insects. Would you like to help us gather pollen?" Billy asked.

"We canít do that. Itís not because weíre lazy. We arenít bees. Weíre 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! Theyíre 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. Youíre 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.

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