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 (fourth of four images). Macrophotograph of a seven-spot ladybird beetle, Coccinella septempunctata, during flight takeoff. The ladybird has launched itself from the top of a blade of grass and is ascending into the air. During flight the ladybird's red protective wing cases (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.

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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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