I've hatched too early by mistake,"" sobs Butterfly. ""Oh dear, the winter will be too cold for me. What shall I do?"" Well never fear, for Butterfly, who last co-starred in Snail and Cater-pillar (1972) is soon taken under the wing of altruistic Grasshopper (""He'd had his life. But she wasn't going to have her life at all if he didn't help her"") and after failing to find winter lodgings with the ants, the bees and the earwigs, Butterfly settles down to hibernate in Bumble Bee's old nest. Baynes' sun-dappled woodland and carefully rendered creatures are refreshing if uninvolving. But even though Piers' touch is somewhat lighter here, all the chirruping, buzzing and scurrying just reinforces our prejudice against insects who say ""oh dear"" and ""if only. . . .