Today I had the opportunity to take a look inside a Ladybird.
Well under it’s elytra. I am not sure if this animal was in distress or just in disarray but it gave me the opportunity to have a look inside and I have a curious mind.
It may seem unfair to take advantage of the situation but I want to understand the anatomy.
Unfortunately far from satisfying my curiosity the process of peeking into the interior raised more questions than answers and one in particular….
This wing is much too big to fit back inside the wing case. How does it do that?
Whilst I was wrestling with this entomological dilemma and unbeknownst to me, I was being done over by a professional pickpocket.
Deft little noses were going through my valuables.
I did actually beknownst what she was doing but I didn’t notice that my Zippo was missing until much later.
It must somehow fold that wing up to put it away.
In this next picture it appears to be rolling it’s wing but it is rolling it the wrong way, it is the length that it has to reduce.
We are just going to have to watch ladybirds really closely until we can find out the answer. I couldn’t find anything on the internet.
So if anybody knows where I can see pictures of a Ladybird folding it’s wings then do please tell me. Otherwise we are going to have to take the pictures ourselves.
Being robbed in broad daylight makes me look really stupid.
It’s my camera. Just remember that.