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wing case

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Gardeners can identify the adult beetles by the metallic green and purple stripes on the wing cases and thorax.
Their colour is a warning to predators of their foul taste when eaten and they have three and a half spots on each of their two elytra (wing cases).
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