wing case


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Related to wing case: elytron, elytra
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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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centrally-they may be from hibernation warmth and the house The bugs vary in pattern and colour, but many have black wing cases rather than our common red, or wing cases of a more orange tone.
Remaining perfectly still, the approaching veil of fog drapes over him, quickly forming droplets of water on the hydrophilic bumps of his wing cases (the elytra).
Pyro would bend his head and thorax backward until he rested on the ends of his head and wing cases.
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.