One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of a pair of modified toughened forewings which cover the functional wings in certain insects, especially an elytron of a beetle.
- ‘They may sieve tons of earth looking for beetle wing cases or seeds.’
- ‘Beetles, on the other hand, keep their hind wings well hidden under hard protective wing cases to protect them as they forage for food.’
- ‘Examples of such structure-generated colors can be seen in shimmering metallic butterfly and moth scales, beetle wing cases, and the feathers of hummingbirds, peacocks and birds of paradise.’
- ‘I can add one piece of information to the whole Japanese bean beetle lore: goldfish will eat all of a Japanese bean beetle, even the spotted wing case, but they don't eat the wings.’
- ‘He then decorates his bower with colourful objects, from flowers and pebbles to berries, shells, and beetle wing cases.’
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