Tim the Bubblebee By: Tracy Sanchez, Andrea Azzalin, Alyssa Reyes, and Karl Herrera
Once upon a time there was a little bee named Tim. Tim loved honey but before he could shove his face in it and bathe in its richness (Tim was an odd bee…) there was a long process with a lot of different things that had to be done before he could get his honey. Tim was desperate for honey so he went out to find a flower.
You see… the flower produces nectar which a bee goes to collect. Tim would be the consumer because he was carrying off the product that the flower is making. Little Tim is an example of a consumer and the beautiful, yellow, sunshiny flower was a producer.
Tim was very excited that he had finally collected the nectar so he took it home to enjoy. Eager as he was he sat down in front of his mom at the kitchen table and greedily started to eat. His mom started to laugh.
“Baby, is that the nectar from the flowers?” she asked. Tim made a sour face and nodded. “Don’t you know that before you can have sweet honey first the nectar has to go through certain changes?” she seemed to be teasing him a bit more than telling him what he was doing was wrong.
Tim felt so silly. His only response was a single “oh”
Not knowing what to do after that he walked back into the center of the hive sadly carrying his nectar.
“Wow! Where’d you get that clean nectar from?” asked one of the bees that saw Tim floating away.
”Oh, well one of the flowers outside…” More bees started to gather and look with amazement at the nectar that Tim had collected. Somehow he was still lost to why everyone was making such a big deal out of his big nectar collection failure.
But then Arnold Bigname approached. Arnold Bigname was the bee that everyone wanted to be. He was popular, had the latest in bee-technol and girls near him didn’t get the cooties… He also had a really important job in the hive. He told all the bees where to travel to and from what flowers to take the nectar.
“Where did you find that fantastic nectar?” asked Arnold.
“Well uh… it was kinda… there was this flower…. And well inside the flower… well…”
“Pish posh, none of that matters. Can you take us back to the flowers?”
Tim was surprised to even hear that Arnold used words like “pish posh” hesitating a bit, “Uhh, yeah,” slowly came out of his mouth.
After that Tim became a role model hero for the bee colony. But he also got to do something that his greedy little bee self always wanted to, try all the honey first, but always watching closely the process that it occurred. The flowers produced nectar that the bees went to collect, acting as consumers. The bees took the nectar back to the hive where they produce honey and where bees take for themselves and their small bees. And very often the bees would get giant visitors. These strange creatures were called humans. The humans at times would also serve as consumers as they only came to take the honey. That was how Tim learned there was a cycle and how producers were important before there could be consumers.