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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Mouthparts of a Grasshopper

Mouth part - Function

• Mandible - Heavy, toothed, jaw like structure to cut and crush plant material

• Maxilla - Inner part of maxilla, directs food to mandibles, and also cuts and grinds the food

• Maxillary and labial palp - Sensory function

•  Labrum  - Helps to hold the food material, e.g. the leaf, in place

• Hypopharynx - Tongue like structure bearing openings of salivary glands

• Labium - Assists in manoeuvring food
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