For the first time, scientists are getting a view of the inner workings of ladybug wings.
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Their wings are flexible enough to fold intricately, yet strong enough to fly. Normally the folding process is shielded by their elytra, the cases that shield their wings and give them their iconic red and black coloring. Scientists created artificial transparent elytra and grafted them onto the bugs revealing the folding process in stunning detail. Studying their design may lead to improvements in human engineering science.
First-Ever Look at the Intricate Way Ladybugs Fold Their Wings | National Geographic