Functional Feeding Groups: Piercers

Many terrestrial insects have mouthparts that allow them to pierce plants and suck up liquids. While this is a common strategy for terrestrial insects, it is not as common in aquatic insects.

However, spongillaflies pierce and digest Spongilla species (a freshwater sponge). Other groups with species that feed this way include dobsonflies, caddisflies and true bugs.


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