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Steve's Nature Quiz #10

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What is the simplest way to recognize a beetle?

a) from its head

b) from its wings

c) from its legs

Although the head and legs can tell you a lot about an insect, the simplest way to tell a beetle from other insects is from its wings. The forewings of a beetle (called elytra) are hard and cover the back. So when you see an insect with a line down the center where the two elytra meet you can be sure that you are looking at a beetle.

Taken from this week's #CreteNature Blog: A Bush Full of Beetles

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