The ladybird, like most beetles, has two sets of wings.

The front wings are called the elytra. They don't move when a ladybird is flying. Then they have the long hind wings which unfold when a ladybird flies.

The wings flap quickly from front to back, at a speed of 85 times every second.

When the ladybird lands, the wings fold neatly back underneath the elytra.

Watch this video to see how it happens in slow motion and then learn more about the lifecycle of a ladybird in the second video.

How Ladybirds Fold Their Wings
The Stunning Life Cycle Of A Ladybug
Ladybird Taking Off - Can you spot their wings?
Jock o' Bennachie
Jock likes these bright beetles as they help to brighten up his parties! Each time he finds a ladybird he counts how many spots it has.

This is part of the Minibeasts and Pollinators information.