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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!

via GIPHY

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.

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