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Evolution insect mouthparts coloured derivate
The primitive chewing mouthparts of a grasshopper (A)
the lapping type (B) of a bee
the siphoning type (C) of a butterfly
the sucking type (D) of a female mosquito.
Legend: a, antennae; c, compound eye; lb, labium; lr, labrum; md, mandibles; mx, maxillae hp hypopharynx

Mouthparts is a general term used in animal biology (zoology). It means the various bits and pieces around the opening of the alimentary canal (mouth). These mouthparts are used by animals to help get their food organised before they swallow it.

All animals have mouthparts except those which absorb their food through their epidermis. The main variations are chewing, sucking and dissolving



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