Micromalthus debilis
Wisconsin, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Beetles often carry delicate flight wings underneath their hard exteriors, and the way that they fold these flight wings for storage differs among the major beetle lineages.  Here a beetle from the enigmatic suborder Archostemata demonstrates the rolled-wing that is characteristic of these beetles.

USA, Wisconsin.  In rotting log.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens.