Macrophoto of ladybird beetle during take-off

Macrophoto of ladybird beetle during take-off

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: Ladybird beetle (insect) in flight

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ladybird flight takeoff (third of four images). Macrophotograph of a seven-spot ladybird beetle, Coccinella septempunctata, during flight takeoff. The ladybird has climbed to the top of a blade of grass, opened its red protective wing cases (elytra), and has begun flapping its wings in order to launch itself into flight. During flight the elytra act as fixed-bearing surfaces, rather like the wings of an aircraft, whilst the wings actually propel the insect. This system, unique to beetles, is only moderately successful and gives them lumbering flight patterns. (See also Z330/228, Z330/229 & Z330/230).

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

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