Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Food Canal

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3857

A longitudinal groove found in the maxillary stylets of Hemiptera. The groove forms a tube for passage of plant sap from the plant to the head. Also found in the stylets of Hemiptera (but not Thysanoptera) is a smaller salivary canal for secretion of saliva as an aid to digestion. Some types of plant viruses are injected into plants through this latter canal.

 Mouthparts of Hexapods

 Plant Viruses and Insects

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