Watch the Intricate Way Ladybugs Fold Their Wings in This First-Ever Slow Motion Video from Nat Geo

Researchers at the University of Tokyo used high-speed cameras to study the intricate manner in which ladybugs fold and unfold their wings as you can see in the amazing video below from the National Geographic YouTube channel.

Scientists say the inner workings of this sophisticated wing-folding mechanism may prove helpful in the development of advanced structures ranging from satellite antennas and medical equipment to useful everyday items like umbrellas and fans.

One of the surprising aspects of this discovery is that the wings of spotted ladybugs are strong enough to enable the insects to fly, yet flexible enough to fold in such an intricate configuration. The scientists also note the speed with which these mobile insects can deploy and collapse their bendable wings to go from flying to walking.

You can find more fascinating videos on science, nature and exploration by visiting the National Geographic YouTube channel. And be sure to watch an earlier slow-motion video we posted showing an Amtrak train plowing through a snow-covered station.