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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE Ask Andy INSECT SPEEDS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Alexandra Sosnkowski, age 11, of Atherton, California, for her question: How fast can insects fly? When you try to swat a pesky fly, chances are he out- smarts you. True, the tricky little wretch is an artful dodger. But surely he makes his getaway at 100 miles an hour, or faster. Not at all. Ex- perts estimate that a housefly flits around at an average speed of about five miles per hour. Of course he can fly somewhat faster, but not much faster than you can sprint. However, there are other insects that can match the speed limits set for highwav traffic. Insects have been ace fliers for some 300 million years, which gave them plenty of time to practice. Most of them have either one pair or two pair "of wings which are controlled by elaborate systems of very strong little muscles. Some are much better fliers than others, and many species are champion aerial acrobats. Speed, of course, is clocked by the time it takes to get from here to there. It is not easy to clock the flight of insects because they tend to dart this way and that as they go. Nevertheless, experts have estimated the average speeds at which some of them cruise around on their daily chores. They also have clock- ed some of the champion long- distance fliers. A butterfly seems to waste a lot of time as she flutters from flower to flower. Actually, her average cruising speed is about 12 miles per hour. If you chase her. brandishing a butterfly net, she flies much faster. She bats her big wings about four times a second and some butterflies can fly hundreds of miles. A big hawk moth has a cruising speed of 25 miles per hour. The busy honeybee cruises around the garden at. about 13 miles per hour and flies faster when she makes her beeline back to the hive. Though the tricky housefly usually zooms around at only five miles per hour, the bigger horsefly can go much faster. He buzzes across the pasture at 25 miles per hour and speeds up when chased by a hungry sparrow. Most experts agree that the speed champion of the insect world is the big beauteous dragonfly. As she darts and hovers over the water, her four gauzy wings steal glimpses of rainbow colors from the sunbeams. Her two front wings beat up as the two back wings beat down, alter- nating up and down faster than your eye can see. On a lazy day, a dainty dragonriy aarts around at between 25 and 30 miles an hour. But when in a hurry, it is estimated that she can reach a speed of 60 miles per hour. The long-distance cham- pions of the insect world seem to be locusts and certain butterflies. Swarms of famished locusts have been known to fly as far as miles in search of food. Flocks of orange-brown monarch butterflies migrate with the seasons. Some fly many hundreds of miles across the continent to spend the winter in California. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon by Charles schulz Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Sept. King Gustav I. who drove the Danes out of Sweden and founded the Vasa dynasty which ruled until 1818, died 413 years ago today in 1560 aged 64. Crowned in 1523. he put down four rebellions and worked as a one man civil service trying to organize and unify the country. 1938 The Munich Pact, guaranteeing the borders of Czechoslovakia, was signed by Britain. France. Germany and Italy. 1931 Three persons were killed by police in a riot of jobless men in Kstevan. Sask. 1916 The revolutionary government of Greece was proclaimed by Eleutherios Venizelos. 1902 The French novelist Kmile Zola died of accidenta- ly suffocation. 1725 Robert Clive, future British conqueror of India, was born. Heart switch ban rejected PARIS (Reuter) Health Minister Michel Poniatowski has dismissed public demands for a ban on heart transplant operations in France. The demands grew after the death last week of Europe's youngest heart transplant patient. 13-year-old Celine Mawoue, who survived a month after receiving a new heart. Most of France's 15 heart transplant patients have died. SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 Your birthday today: Opens a year which promises to be a pleasant, busy, but unspec- tacular turn of the wheel of destiny. See it as a time of rest from past extremes, a chance to recoup and catch your inner balance. Medita- tion is easy enough to adopt as a daily custom, essential for the abundance you seek. Relationships pose no problems. Today's natives have enough personal to find this quiet year somewhat limiting in terms of external goals. ARIES (March 21-April Extra service, for neither thanks nor reward is the natural experience today. See it as duty to something beyond your own needs, and do what is necessary without com- plaint. TAURUS (April 20-May Let well enough alone, ex- tending no promises, ex- pecting nothing more than a peaceful, somewhat interesting surface. Find a concert or some public enter- tainment. GEMINI (May 21-June Be easygoing there's little that can be done about past errors or flaws. Your sense of humor comes into very good use. may help somebody else past an awkward situation. CANCER (June 21-July You can be helpful just being there and carrying your share of the responsibility. No par- ticular expense is needed. Drastic changes attempted now bring no improvement. LEO (July 23-Aug. Be up and about your accustomed Sunday rituals. Then make it a day of sharing with loved ones what they happen to fancy. Visits exchanges of hobby nterests are favored. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Attend your share of the com- munity's Sunday customs. Make all the rounds and amenities that satisfy your sense of propriety, but retain skepticism about what you hear. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. If this does not work out to be a peaceful day. it is because some unrest within you has attracted conflict. Begin at your own center and work out- ward, with prayer for serenity. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Leave off commercial and other materialistic activities, including shoptalk, and pursue public service. Take a share in Columnist's notebook By Hal Boyle NEW YORK Re- marks that an avant-garde ar- tist gets tired of hearing: "I like your latest canvas, Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN ;c 1973, The Tribune WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: AAK1085 9 7 3 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 10 1 1 A 20 Pass 2V 3 Pass 3 A Pass What do you bid now? Q. 2 East-West vulner- able, as South you hold: AKQJ1087 OAJ9 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 A 3 Dble. Pass What action do you take? Q. 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