Friday #STEM: How Lady Beetles Fly

Yesterday I found a delightful GIF of a lady beetle spreading its wings and launching into flight. It is slowed down enough so you can see the details and I just had to share it!


What is going on?

A lady beetle keeps its flapping wings — which are membranous and flexible — tucked under the harder top (elytra). To fly, it holds the elytra up out of the way. So cool!


(Illustration from Wikimedia)


Now, back to my regular programming.


  1. Sandra Nickel

    This video is so beautiful. Thank you so much for posting it!

  2. Roberta

    Glad you enjoyed it.

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