Sharon Field
Because these wings are no longer wings to fly  II

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly II

Watercolour and graphite
16.5 x 11.5cm

This grasshopper I found dead on the road with its wings extended. It’s colours and its suspended flight echo in a graceful pas de deux with the wild oat husks.

The Yellow-winged grasshopper (Gastrimargus musicus) is a common grassland locust in Australia and India. It only displays its yellow back wings in flight, when it also emits a loud clicking sound. Body colour varies from green to brown in normal conditions to straw-coloured when swarming.

Collectively known as the oats, Avena is a genus of Eurasian and African plants in the grass family. Several species have become naturalized in many parts of the world, and are regarded as invasive weeds where they compete with crop production. In Australia, Avena fatua is a common roadside weed. These whispy, papery remnants of the oat no longer have evidence of any seed.

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