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Tiny Wings

written & illustrated by

Catherine Basten

Copyright 2011 Catherine Basten

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Wild Columbine

Love to my family Gene, Sara, Matt, Josey, Rob, Erin, Brian, Nathan, Breana, Pat, Val and Dominik.

Fly away, fly away, high up in the sky.

Fly away, fly away, I know that you can try.

Fly away, fly away, with wings so very small.

Fly away, fly away; I promise I won’t let you fall.

Come and fly with me and through this journey you will see, insects, bugs, and butterflies with wings so very small. But what fascinates us the most, is how you fly at all.

Hello, I am Katrina a ladybug, and let's go meet my tiny winged friends.

Grasshoppers and Katydids are relatives that can be recognized by their jointed jumping hind legs, hard exoskeleton, compound eyes, antennae, strong jaws for chewing foliage, and two sets of wings. The female lays her eggs in the soil where they will grow to become a youth or nymph that resembles their parents. After molting many times the nymph will emerge as an adult. Katydids have oval shaped tiny wings. Their antennae are much longer than a grasshopper’s antennae. Katydids are usually nocturnal. That is why we hear katydid’s sounds at night. In the grasshopper’s family the males produce sounds, but with katydid's family the female and male both produce sounds. The katydid’s sound is made from rubbing a file from the forewing against the other front wing. The Grasshopper will make their sound by scraping a row of pegs on their hind leg against their wing.

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