Brontee Bee is a unique fun way of learning about sustainable ways for kids; parents and people in general. We encourage simple actions for sustainable changes within families or community groups to have them start their journey to a better way or process to become more sustainable in their lives.
Brontee Bee is a long living bee, the simple figurehead, who in her interactions with all pollinators and environmental friend’s come across discoveries and answers to help this occur through her stories and interactive teaching with schools and community engagements.
Brontee Bee stories and workshops reflect learning from the Sustainable Schools NSW new curriculum. Brontee Bee want kids to ACT not just hear stories and lessons.
We will endeavour to do this through a different style of teaching, set activities, technology and information streams.
It is up to all of us together, to create a sustainable future, not just for us but for those who come after us. So we invite you to use Brontee Bee to help you get there.
Why follow Brontee Bee
Brontee Bee is here to let people know how important bees are to the survival of fauna, flora and the human species.
Come fly with her on a learning journey as she visits garden and habitats near and far.
Bee one of her friends so you can help spread her message.
Brontee Bee’s Birthing
Sitting nestled in my hexagon, I feel safe and looked after by my nurse worker bee. She sings as she goes to my neighbouring cells. The delicious syrup she gives me makes me feel extremely alive, my dreams are all about flying and seeing the best fields and flowers.
On my 4th day the taste of the syrup has changed, it is giving me different dreams I’m speaking to other animals and birds, they’re talking back to me. I see many seasons come and go. I see my friends leave the hive and many do not return.
What do these dreams mean?
My nurse is coming more regularly now, and I have grown and developed strong wings, and my antennae is responding to my nurse’s singing and all the abundant smells that drift from cell to cell. This is how we smell and hear; my five eyes are adjusting to the UV rays that filter in when the nurse is feeding me. I focus now and see her stretch out her long proboscis-tongue to exchange the nectar syrup brought by my sisters to increase my growth as well as the growth of my cell sisters. We will all soon emerge after our full development so we all can be productive members of our hive.
Wow’s todays the day, 21 days. I move to the top of my hexagon and my nurse bee directs me to go over to the other brood chambers. I’m inspected very carefully, as I’ve been selected to care for our new queen. Each nurse tells me how to behave and what to do and how often to do it.
I go to the royal chamber as I have been summoned by the Queen. I stand in front of Queen Karlene, who asks me questions about how I have been picked to do this important job. I beg her pardon, but I am not sure what she means. Queen Karlene explains that I have been given very special syrup which gives me very long life, so that I can take the messages to my sister hives, about how to survive and how to mingle with other propagators to ensure flowers, seeds and pollens can be kept organic.
Queen Karlene is letting me know something I, at this stage cannot comprehend, long life important to all, I hope that I can live up to this honour.
Fun Fact: Bee Waggle Dance, bees who go out sourcing nectar and pollen, the first scout comes back and will do the Bee Waggle Dance. At the entrance of the hive on the opening the scout starts to wriggle its body and the other bees who will be the collectors of the nectar and pollen gather around to watch. The scout uses the Sun to show the exact directions to the source of food, if any late comers join the crowd of bees the scout will adjust the dance showing the bee who has just arrived exactly the corrected direction by the sun. So all the instructions given to all the different bees will take all of them to the exact same location.
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Borage flower photo credit Annette Jones
Lace Monitor Goanna Photo credit Jeremy Swales