Monday, January 27, 2014

Microscopic ladybug feet.

Adhesive pad of a ladybug
While they may look fragile, ladybugs are armored with adhesive pads at the ends of their appendages. These pads allow ladybugs to stick to and run along vertical surfaces like plants, and they are incredibly strong: When each bristle is fully engaged into a surface, some insects can withstand forces up to 150-times their body weight, thwarting assaults made by attacking predators.
Image by Dr. Jan Michels, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.