Insect Mouthpart Categoriesby Bobby Long
The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium of Tucson, AZ commissioned a suite of illustrations depicting the four main categories of insect mouthparts for the Wild World of Bugs exhibit (running 2021 to present). To visualize the accompanying explanations of their specialized feeding tools and diets in the “Bug Bistro” area, I drew a generalized representative for each major evolutionary category:
• Chewing — Ant
• Lapping — Housefly.
• Siphoning — Butterfly.
• Piercing — Mosquito.
Graphite and digital color. Each approx 12”x12”