How Ladybugs Can Influence Future Technology

May 16, 2017 at 1:23 PM ET

Can ladybugs influence future tech?

Ladybugs fold their wings like origami, keeping them strong and rigid during flight. This unique mechanism was observed up close for the first time by researchers at the University of Tokyo. Researchers transplanted artificial wings onto the bugs, making it easier to see the fast-moving folds. They believe the study could provide clues for future designs of numerous structures like satellites, microscopic medical instruments and even umbrellas.