Ladybug's hard protective shell, called the elytra, are actually a set of modified forewings. To fly, the ladybug opens up the elytra and unfurls a second set of delicate wings - the alae. The wings are about four times as big as the ladybug itself. The ladybug's wings are interlaced with veins. The wings fold along these veins when they are packed under the hard shell.
Ladybug wings move rapidly in a complex stroking motion, flapping perhaps a hundred strokes or more per second. Each wing can move up and down, forward and backward. The wings can move independently of each other.
Warm weather fliers
Ladybugs will not fly when it below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. They will, however, fly great distances to find safe places to spend the winter, preferring high elevations.