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  • n. plural form of elytron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of elytrum.


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  • I will be many, buzz even as a swarm of motorbikes, be borne, body by flying body out into the Brazilian wilderness beneath the stars, lofted under those beautiful and un-fused elytra which we will all hold over our backs.


  • Its shield-shaped thorax was pitted like tooled leather and its elytra wing cases were closed over powerful wings.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • The beetle stood full-square in the yellow centre of an ox-eye daisy eating its pollen, rays of white petals around him: Oedemera noblis, a thick-legged flower beetle of shiny metallic green with slightly parted elytra wing-cases and strangely thickened thighs on the rear pair of legs used in mating.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • Heavy, often patterned, elytra cover a pair of membranous wings.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • I am hard pressed to work out whether the damage present on the beetle elytra looks like it was caused by mammalian teeth or by an avian bill.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • According to Lester & Papp's Common Insects of North America (1972), the 3 ridges on the elytra (wing covers), visible in the picture above, are characteristic of the species, as are the 3 teeth along the edges of the pronotum, visible in the picture below.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Male Julodimorpha have been seen attempting copulation with beer bottles; the color of the bottle and the pitting at its base apparently mimic the color and texture of the elytra wing case.

    Anniversary Moth - The Panda's Thumb

  • This very singular genus differs from all the Stridulantes in the size and shape of the prothorax; in the neuration of the elytra it is allied to PLATYPLEURA (Amyst and Serville) in the size of head and hairiness of body it approaches CARINETA of the same authors.

    Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the years 1840-1

  • Of a brownish ash colour, the hairs on upper part of body short and deep brown, on the sides and under parts long and grey; prothorax varied with black, in front, two large patches covered with grey hairs, mixed with longer; elytra spotted and varied with brown, wings clear, somewhat ferruginous at the base.

    Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the years 1840-1

  • Description size: 3 - 5 mm shape: oval colour: grey and reddish brown with yellowish and dark brown patches of hairs on the elytra recognition hind femur with one large tooth and two small teeth; elytra do not completely cover the abdomen; antennae serrated

    7. Important pests in storage


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