Do the two pairs of wings differ greatly in structure, with the first being thick and hard or fibrous?
As an example, consider a ladybug (which is actually a type of beetle).
A ladybug has two pairs of wings, or four wings total. Two of the wings in a common ladybug are red with black spots. These wings are shiny and hard, and when the insect isn’t flying, they lay flat against its body. To fly, however, the ladybug uses a second pair of wings that unfold from beneath the black-spotted red pair. This second pair of wings is membranous (filmy and flexible). Ladybugs, therefore, have two pairs of wings that differ greatly in structure.
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Yes, my insect has two pairs of wings that differ greatly in structure, with the first being thick and hard or fibrous.
No, my insect's wings are all similar in structure.
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