Ladybird beetle taking-off from a blade of grass

Ladybird beetle taking-off from a blade of grass

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of a "seven-spot" ladybird beetle Coccinella septempunctata, taking-off from the tip of a blade of grass. The beetle needs to take-off from a position of height. Its outer wings, strengthened into a hard covering called the elytra, protect the delicate flight wings found beneath. These elytra are raised in flight, while transparent hindwings serve to propel the insect. Seven black spots are found on the bright red wing covers of Coccinella septempunctata. The red and black colour is a warning colouration to predators, because this beetle is able to squirt distasteful fluids from its limb joints.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, coccinella, coccinella septempunctata, flight, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, nature, take-off, type, wildlife, zoology

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