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metathorax

Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (M)
No Taxon metathorax
Explanation of Names
From Greek meta, after, plus thorax.
Identification
metathorax noun - the posterior of the three segments in the thorax of an insect, bears the third pair of legs. Its principal sclerites are the metanotum (dorsal), the metasternum (ventral), and the metapleuron (lateral) on each side. The metathorax is the segment that bears the hindwings in most winged insects, though sometimes these may be reduced or modified, as in Diptera, in which they are reduced to form halteres, or flightless beetles (Coleoptera), in which they may be completely absent even though forewings are still present. All adult insects possess legs on the metathorax. In most groups of insects, the metanotum is reduced relative to the mesonotum. In the suborder Apocrita of the Hymenoptera, the first abdominal segment is fused to the metathorax, and is then called the propodeum. (Initial entry based on Wikipedia article--see Internet references.)
See Also
Divisions of thorax (front | middle | rear):
prothorax | mesothorax | metathorax

Dorsal surface of thorax (notum):

Lateral (pleural) surface of thorax:

Ventral surface of thorax:
Internet References
Wikipedia--Metathorax