|The Pennsylvania leatherwing, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus.|
They resemble their relatives, the fireflies, but they don't light up. Adults are about half an inch long and are yellowish orange. They have a horizontal black dash on the "shoulders" or pronotum -- the section between the head and the wings. The lower third of the wing is covered by a dark oval mark.
Usually a beetle's outer wings are hard, like those of a ladybug, to protect the inner flight wings. Leatherwings get their common name from their unusual soft and flexible outerwings.
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