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wing case

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The adult beetles have metallic green and purple stripes on the wing cases and thorax' the grubs are greyish-white with five darker lines lengthways
Adults are matt black, about 1cm long and beetle-shaped, with elbowed antennae and gingery flecks on the wing cases.
It will then try to climb the nearest wall - or if you're lucky, your leg-- and then open its wing cases to try another attempt at flying, usually with the same results as before.