Monday, October 15, 2012

Did you know Ladybugs fold their wings?


Did you know that ladybugs have folded wings underneath their polkadotted exterior (called an Elytron) that they have to deploy in order to fly.  These slow motion movies show the process in incredible detail.  I was amazed.  I'm already jealous because ladybugs can fly and I can't.  But now, the fact that they have such a complex system that they can control with a brain the size of the head of a pin...  It's just not fair.
I'd really love to see slow motion footage of them putting the wings away after they fly, but I haven't been able to find that.

via the kids should see this