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Housefly has mouth parts that help in ___________.


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Housefly:

  1. The chemo sensilla receptors located on the tarsi of the housefly help it to recognize sugar or carbohydrates.
  2. It can identify carbohydrates in liquid or dry form.
  3. They have paired mandible and maxillae which act as mouthparts.
  4. They have a soft sponge-like labellum that helps in chewing food and acts as a lower lip.
  5. The saliva secreted upon spotting food and while chewing assists in digestion by breaking down glucose.
  6. The moistened food by saliva enters the mouthparts and passes down to the labellum.
  7. The liquid is assimilated by the mouthparts and it passes down to the esophagus, hence all these mouthparts help in the process of sucking food molecules.

Final answer: Housefly has mouthparts that help in sucking.


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