Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings : The 2-Manner : Npr

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their WingsWith the help of high-speed cameras, CT scanners and some nail-art supplies, scientists in Japan have managed to catch a glimpse of the elaborate way that ladybugs fold their wings to tuck them away.
“The scientists used high-speed cameras to record the process, and CT scans of folded and unfolded wings to help figure out the precise pattern of folds.
The process by which the wings collapse is akin to origami — in fact, the scientists used origami paper to recreate portions of the wing folds.
The wings, after all, are much larger than the black-spotted wing cases they fold down to fit inside — as is immediately obvious easy to see if you just watch a video of the wings unfolding.
But the researchers at the University of Tokyo explain that no one knew how the ladybugs put the wings away, since they actually shut the wing cases first — then pull the wings inside.

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