Mechanical Properties of the Beetle Elytron, a Biological ...
cuticle-rich structure, the beetle elytron or modiﬁed forewing. Beetles are studied as they comprise the dominant order of insects, they include species whose genetics and metabolism are relatively well understood, and specimens of their cuticle, such as the elytron, are easily acquired. Insect cuticle is a complex biocomposite. Its macroscopic
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