wing case


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either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings

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Adult beetles have metallic green and purple stripes on their wing cases and can reach 8mm long.
Gardeners can identify the adult beetles by the metallic green and purple stripes on the wing cases and thorax.
Adults are matt black, about 1cm long and beetle-shaped, with elbowed antennae and gingery flecks on the wing cases.
The adult beetles have metallic green and purple stripes on the wing cases and thorax' the grubs are greyish-white with five darker lines lengthways
It will then try to climb the nearest wall - or if you're lucky, your leg-- and then open its wing cases to try another attempt at flying, usually with the same results as before.