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tegula (noun; plural -lae; Latin tegula, roofing tile): (Arthropoda: Insecta) 1. A small convex, scalelike lobe overlying the base of the fore wing; paraptera. 2. In Diptera, small anterior sclerites located in an incision of the lateral region of the notum. 3. In Lepidoptera, well developed, and carried on a special tegular plate of the notum, supported by a tegular arm arising from the base of the pleural wing process.