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Ladybug Wings
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And here I was thinking that the shells were the wings. Thank you Internet.

28 Littlegrey Comments:

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January 28th, 2009 at 11:57 pm Titan1203 says:

WOW!!! Just that. WOW! And AWESOME!!!!!!!!

January 21st, 2009 at 7:09 pm Nuu says:

e-Worship? :(

January 19th, 2009 at 1:34 pm Twixman says:

the fact Nika knows so much about... everything makes me wonder if she is just a normal person or the human child of google and wikipedia

Nika; mommy, what's for dinner?
answer; results 1 - 10 out of approximately 1.530.000 for "what's for dinner"(0.42 seconds)

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January 17th, 2009 at 5:08 pm jwolf says:


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January 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm flame says:

wow lady bugs have huge wings.

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January 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm liam says:

that was amazing. didnt know thier wings fold up inside thier shell (or what ever you call it).

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January 16th, 2009 at 8:52 pm Rebel975 says:

Anyone that comes on here and accuses Nika of googling something related to insects just couldn't fail more at life.

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January 16th, 2009 at 8:33 pm Andylink says:

Cookies come from bulls =].
Which is why cookies and milk taste so good.
....but they don't come from the same places...

January 16th, 2009 at 6:11 pm cynnicysm says:

my roomate made cookies and gave me a bagfull. this is why roomate's are amazing.

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January 16th, 2009 at 6:09 pm nika says:

(of course I didn't get offended, been on the internet too long for it to be that easy :P )

Common knowledge to me, I emphasized that on purpose- mo matter what anyone says (or what the 'accepted definition' is) there is no such thing as universal common knowledge.

I honestly enjoy other people's nerdy ramblings (especially if I'm not familiar with the matter..I'm curious), so I naively expect that at least a minority will find mine interesting. I'm an optimist. ;)

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January 16th, 2009 at 5:49 pm felis20 says:

I didn't mean to imply you were pretentious, I'm sincerely sorry if I offended. I merely thought that as scholarly discourse was forthcoming I might as well use my own 'grey matter'. Also, not to nitpick, but if you considered your previous comment to be common knowledge (the accepted definition of which implies that everyone knows it) then either you consider everyone other than you who frequents this site to be extraordinarily stupid, or you simply enjoy stating the obvious. Since I don't beleive either to be true, your use of the term is incorrect.

Since I have not, as yet, embarked on the study of biology (I will take the course next year) I carelessly termed your observation miscellany. May I infer from your response that you are in a field relating to the sciences of life?

Please excuse my long-windedness, double-posting, lack of expletives, and roundabout way of expressing opinion. I don’t know why, but for some reason when I write I come off as much more of an ass than I actually am.

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January 16th, 2009 at 4:19 pm nika says:

This is not 'miscellaneous' to me, and I'm sorry if someone finds pretentious when I start explaining things: some day at least some of you will understand the meaning of the 'professional deformation' concept.

Like I told someone today: you know you're a nerd when people accuse you of googling things that are common knowledge to you.

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January 16th, 2009 at 4:06 pm felis20 says:

congrats on the miscellaneous knowledge nika. Also, Alae is the plural form of the feminine latin word for wing, although it could be the genitive singular (doubtful, as of the wing makes less sense in this context). Ala is a first declension noun, so the reader knows it to be feminine because it does not relate to a trade. For instance poeta, agricola are masculine (poet and farmer) where insula and puella (island and girl) are both feminine. Obviously, there are exceptions to the rule (as with proper names like Lesbia, Cutullus' lover) but for the most part this holds true.

January 16th, 2009 at 4:03 pm cynnicysm says:

i meant johnson....ladybird do i remember this crap!

January 16th, 2009 at 4:00 pm cynnicysm says:

wasnt that regan's wife's name?

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January 16th, 2009 at 3:38 pm Teflon Monkey says:

I love ladybirds.
You heard me.

January 16th, 2009 at 3:26 am i wish i was as awesome as nika says:

nika your so smart i wish i had evenn 1% of your grey matter so i couldd be the smartest most coolest person in the world.

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January 15th, 2009 at 5:21 am morhkt says:

Ladybugs are disgusting D:

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January 14th, 2009 at 10:02 pm assault_4150 says:

no nika your words actually made me learn something new today. its just the biology part of it i hate.

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January 14th, 2009 at 10:02 pm nika says:

No, I got something much better. It's called a grey matter.

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January 14th, 2009 at 9:58 pm jwolf says:

Good job nika! You've got Google too?

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January 14th, 2009 at 9:28 pm nika says:

If this video (and similar ones) didn't wake up the interest in you, then my words definitely won't. ;)

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January 14th, 2009 at 9:11 pm assault_4150 says:

biology never really interested me and having read your comment nika. it still doesnt interest me. its probably due to the fact i had the worst biology teacher ever.

January 14th, 2009 at 12:27 pm cynnicysm says:

i love it when you talk nerdy to me.

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January 14th, 2009 at 12:22 pm nika says:

Beetles have two pairs of wings: elytra an alae- elytra are hard wings (forewings) and their purpose is to protect the alae (flying wings).
Like you can see in the video alae are neatly folded on the vein marks under elytra that need to be lifted so the flying wings can be used.

So what he referred to as a 'shell' technically *are* wings, but without a flying function.

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January 14th, 2009 at 12:14 pm bastian_1343 says:

Yeah, TMonkey, I doubt anyone having gone through kindegarten thought that.

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January 14th, 2009 at 11:38 am TopMonkey says:

That is a great video. And Admin, I don't believe for one moment you thought the shells were the wings...

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January 14th, 2009 at 11:29 am jwolf says:

That's pretty amazing, there.

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