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wing case



(ˈɛl ɪˌtrɒn)

n., pl. -tra (-trə).
one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the rear wings.
[1745–55; < New Latin < Greek élytron literally, cover, case, akin to eilýein to enfold, wrap]
el′y•trous (-trəs) adj.
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Noun1.wing case - either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
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She then notes that to dress as a ladybug, she would need "two wing cases, two wings and two antennae" and is shown in such a costume.
The harlequins have different colour variations, including large red or orange spots on black wing cases.
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.