Scientific classification, or taxonomy, is used to organize all living things into seven levels: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. The features of an insect’s mouthparts can help identify which order it belongs to while also providing clues about how it evolved and what it feeds on.
There are five common types of insect mouthparts: chewing, piercing-sucking, siphoning, sponging and chewing-lapping. Each type is unique and can be found on different orders of insects. For example, ants from the Hymenoptera order have chewing mouthparts while insects in the Hemiptera order have piercing-sucking mouthparts.
So next time you see an insect buzzing around your ear or nibbling on your vegetable garden, take a closer look at its mouthparts. You might just learn something new!
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