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Today I rescued a ladybug that fell off of my Venetian blind in my living room.  When I put her in my room between the outside screen and the window she refused to stay there trying to get away but she kept turning over.  When I picked her up she was full of life on my finger, but every time I put her down on the sill even inside she kept turning over.  

Then I took part of a rag and put her in the middle of it and turned up the outer part like a wall. She is so content, do you know why?

One more thing, one of her wings remained outside until I put her in the rag now it looks like the wing went back inside.

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Debbie:

Lady beetles can always right themselves by opening their wing covers and using them for leverage to turn back over and onto their feet.  They are convex and slippery so they can get out of a predator's grasp.  How they land is relatively irrelevant after that.

Lady beetles that are overwintering like snug, tight spots, including rubbing up against others of their kind.  I'm sure it gives them a sense of security and also insulates them better from the elements.

Yes, they can tuck their wings in at will, unless they have some kind of injury.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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