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Kwik-Key to Insect Orders

Select "A", "B", or "C" for your specimen:

A.   Mouthparts form a tube-like proboscis adapted for piercing and sucking.  Palps are absent.

A: Order Hemiptera

B.   Mouthparts form a coil beneath the head.  Palps are usually present and clothed with hair or scales.

B: Order Lepidoptera

C.   Mouthparts are mandibulate – adapted for biting, chewing, or grasping.  Palps are present.


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