We have embarked on an Entomology study through 4H.
There are 4 basic ways insects can eat.
- piercing and sucking
This way is simple. It’s how we eat. We move our mouth to cut and tear our food. This is also how grasshoppers eat.
This is relative to sucking through a straw. Butterflies eat this way.
Piercing and Sucking
This way of eating is similar to a needle or syringe. There is a breaking of the surface and an insertion of the siphoning tube. Mosquitos eat this way.
This way of eating takes after its name. It is a way of absorbing or taking in food without the use of a siphon tube or chewing. Houseflies can only take in liquid so they often regurgitate their food.