Earwigs and the art of origami

Every child knows about origami. The skill of this oriental art lies in folding a flat sheet of paper into different -- and in some cases highly complex -- structures. Examples of origami also exist in the natural world. The wing of an earwig is a perfect illustration: its elaborate design is far more ingenious than any humanmade structure. When open, the earwig wing expands ten times larger than when closed -- one of the highest folding ratios in the animal kingdom. The large wing area allows