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Elytra


[R] Leathery fore wings of Coleoptera, meeting in a straight line and serving as protective covers for the hind wings when at rest; unfolded in flight; jointed in families whose adults (imagines) are apterous and incapable of flying.

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* Coleoptera (INRA)
Adult (exemple shown is Melolontha melolontha ).
a: maxillary palpus; b: antenna; c: pronotum; d: scutellum; e: elytra (fore wing); f: hind wing (membranous); g: abdominal tergites.
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