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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... ladybird?

This beetle species serves a higher purpose.

March 9, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
LadybirdLadybirdPhoto: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images
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In the above photo, a ladybird flies off the leaf of a grapefruit tree in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya, north of Tel Aviv.

Ladybirds (also known as Coccinellidae, similar to the American ladybug) are part of the family of small beetles found all over the world. They live on plants, trees and grass and usually hibernate in groups during the winter months. The ladybird is generally considered a useful insect as it can be very helpful in controlling pests on farms and in gardens.

Usually we see these bugs from far away, but photographer Jack Guez got close enough to give us a rare glimpse of these critters in motion.

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