27. Bunnyyarl the Flies and Wurrunnah the Bees

The Bunnyyarl and Wurrunnunnah were of the same clan, and lived in one camp. The Wurrunnunnah were very hardworking, always trying to gather food in a time of plenty, to lay in a store for a time of famine. The Bunnyyarl used to give no heed to the future, but used to waste their time playing round and never thinking even of laying up any provisions. One day the Wurrunnunnah said, “Come out with us and gather honey from flowers. Soon the winter winds will blow the flowers away, and there will be no more honey to gather.”

“No,” said the Bunnyyarl, “we have something to play here.” And off they went wasting their time, knowing whatever the Wurrunnunnah brought they would share with them. The Wurrunnunnah went alone and left the Bunnyyarl to their silly games. The Wurrunnunnah gathered the flowers and stored the honey, and never again went back to live with the Bunnyyarls, for they were tired of doing all the work.

As time went on the Wurrunnunnah were changed into little wild bees, and the lazy Bunnyyarls were changed into flies.