First things first (haha): Here is Pickles again; she was sleeping so contentedly that I thought I’d share it with you. How do cats make their sleep look so utterly appealing? You just look at a cat asleep and it makes you feel like curling up under the covers yourself.
Just right for a Sunday!
Now, on to my ladybug “sketch”:
On being a ladybug
There is not much to being a ladybug. She clings to the bright green of a leaf. She won’t tell, ever, that she is really just a common beetle under a daring red-with-black-dots shell that hides her rather ordinary dust-brown wings. Only recently they have learned that her ordinary-looking brown wings fold themselves in an unexpectedly sophisticated way. They make little diamond shapes inside the hard-red carapace wing covers. She is not ordinary, even in her ordinariness.
I learned a few weeks ago on NPR’s Science Friday that ladybug wings make a very special folded pattern – in diamond shapes, like origami, when they are tucked under the hard carapace of the beetle. Scientists are studying the way a ladybug’s wings fold to see if the method can be used for new inventions. Very fun!