Are the first pair of wings stiff, do they lack branched veins, and when the insect isn’t flying, do the two wings in this pair meet in a straight line down the middle of the back?
Your insect must meet all requirements:
1) stiff (difficult to bend, or non-bendable) forewings
2) forewings (the front wings) that lack branching veins
3) forewings that meet up against each other in a straight line that runs down the length of the back. An insect with obviously overlapping wings, for instance, would not meet this requirement.
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Yes, my insect’s first pair of wings are stiff, they do not have branching veins, and when it isn’t flying, the two wings in this pair meet in a straight line down the middle of the back.
No, my insect does not have all of these characteristics.
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