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Either of a pair of anterior wings of a four-winged insect.
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(Zoology) either wing of the anterior pair of an insect's two pairs of wings
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(ˈfɔrˌwɪŋ, ˈfoʊr-)

either of the front smaller pair of wings of an insect having four wings.
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Noun1.forewing - either of the anterior pair of wings on an insect that has four wings
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
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Females of Eudarcia (8 species) are brachypterous, with degenerate forewings and more or less reduced hindwings (Bidzilya et al.
It is characterized by the stalked ocelli and compound eyes, pronotum with umbelliform process dorsally, not concealing the scutellum or the forewings in repose; the forewing and hindwing with one r-m and one m-cu crossvein; tibiae not foliaceous; metatibiae with cucullate setae in row II, first tarsomere has one cucullate setae apically and the abdomen without conspicuous punctuation (Deitz, 1975; Flynn, 2014).
Hummingbird hawkmoths, which have greyish brown forewings and a black-andwhite chequered body, prefer to fly and feed in bright sunlight.
Hindwings are the outsides of the butterfly's wings when they are resting, the forewings are the ones you seen when they open up and stretch out in the sunlight.
They measure 33-38mm in length, are commonly cream or gray, have a faint kidney-shaped spot, and look identical in both sexes, with the only constant feature being a dark brown streak at the inner margin of their forewings. With records of more than 200 host plants belonging to 58 plant families including many important crops, the species is probably the most polyphagous.
Forewings with the following combination of characters: R1 simple; Rs with two forks (each with two branches); M with two forks (each with two branches); CuA forked; m-cu cross-vein (or base of CuA) present; anal veins 2 and 3 merge, then merge with A1 which terminates on the posterior margin.
Description: This butterfly is commonly known as akk butterfly, plain tiger or African monarch, they are generally brown in appearance with white markings at apical part of forewing, both forewings and hindwings have fringe of dark brown with small uneven spots, mid of hindwing with three spots.
| | | Earwigs intricately fold and tuck their hindwings under tiny forewings, inspiring design of satellite solar panels.
The waterscorpion moved its forewings slightly (Figures 5, 6) and then suddenly, some 15 minutes after we first found it, it flew off strongly, making a whirring/buzzing noise as it did so.
Identification of the individual were based on the following: In males, they are smaller which means less weight to carry, greater strength to weight ratio for better agility, they are more brightly colored, more pointed forewings (flight aerodynamics, built for speed, chase and evasion) and they have skinner abdomens (no eggs) which is opposite to the females.