One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the appendages, typically found in pairs, surrounding the mouth of an insect or other arthropod and adapted for feeding.
- ‘The clearest examples are certain mosquito species in which the mouthparts of males are adapted for drinking nectar and those of females for imbibing blood.’
- ‘Crustacea are characterized by two pairs of antennae, three pairs of mouthparts, and a special type of larvae called the nauplius.’
- ‘Poultry lice are small wingless insects with chewing mouthparts.’
- ‘Dipterans typically have sucking mouthparts, and may feed on plant juices or on decaying organic matter.’
- ‘Their laterally flattened bodies are covered in bristles and spines and their mouthparts are especially adapted for piercing and sucking.’
- ‘No bigger than an apple seed, the bedbug is descended from plant-feeding insects that evolved skin-piercing mouthparts for sucking up blood.’
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