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.