Elongated mouthparts of nectar-feeding Meloidae (Coleoptera)

@article{Wilhelmi2012ElongatedMO,
  title={Elongated mouthparts of nectar-feeding Meloidae (Coleoptera)},
  author={Andreas P. Wilhelmi and Harald W Krenn},
  journal={Zoomorphology},
  year={2012},
  volume={131},
  pages={325-337}
}
Coleoptera of at least three taxa in the Nemognathini (Meloidae) possess mouthparts that are specialized for nectar feeding from flowers with a deep corolla. Parts of the maxillae are modified to form an elongate proboscis-like organ. In Leptopalpus species, the four-segmented maxillary palps form the proboscis, whereas in Nemognatha and Gnathium species, the elongated galeae enable nectar feeding. With the use of scanning electron microscopy and micro computerized tomography, the present study… Expand

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