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 (ŏb-tĕkt′) also ob·tect·ed (-tĕk′tĭd)
Having the wings and appendages enclosed or covered by a secretion that forms a hard shell or horny case, as the pupae of most butterflies and moths.

[Latin obtēctus, past participle of obtegere, to cover over : ob-, over; see ob- + tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Zoology) (of a pupa) encased in a hardened secretion so that the wings, legs, etc, are held immovably to the body, as in butterflies. Also: obtected
[C19: from Latin obtectus covered, past participle of obtegere, from ob- (intensive) + tegere to cover]
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also ob•tect′ed,

(of a pupa) having the antennae, legs, and wings glued to the surface of the body by a secretion.
[1810–20; < Latin obtegere, obtigere to cover, protect]
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Cactoblastis cactorum has an obtect pupa, reddish brown in color, usually within a white silk cocoon, and covered partially or completely by small particles of debris (Fig.
The newly formed obtect pupa was yellowish green in color, however, after a day or two it became brownish and gradually attained dark brown color by the time of adult emergence (Plate 1).
Pupae: obtect and enclosed in a thin, walled, and bright yellow ellipsoidal cocoon (Figure 3(e)).