National Geographic : 1914 Jul
© THE ARMORED KNIGHT: THE SPOTTED VINE CHAFER (Pelidnotapunctata) How often one sees lame butterflies limping along in their flight because their wings have beeninjured bythe rose bushes orbystriking against the pine needles, or have been nipped by some hungry bird. The beetles, when they alight, foldup carefully each delicate wing, close down over them polished covers as hard almost as steel and fitting as closely as the engine covers of an automobile. When one thinks that man has just begun to fly, whereas the beetles flew perhaps a hundred million years or more ago, these wings and their most perfect chitinized wing covers are deserving of our wonder and of our admiration, too. Photo and note by David and Marian Fairchild.