One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The posterior segment of the thorax of an insect, bearing the hindwings.
- ‘We compared the extent of pruinescence on the head, pterothorax (fused mesothorax and metathorax), and abdominal segments 1 to 10 between males of the two species.’
- ‘Most praying mantids have a single midline ear in the ventral metathorax.’
- ‘The meso- and metathorax lose rigidity and detach.’
- ‘As an indication of more extreme transformations, the frequency of the presence of sternopleural bristles on the proximal lateral prothorax and metathorax was also calculated.’
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