Insects with sharp, powerful mandibles are classified as “chewing insects.” They are able to cut and chew solid food such as leaves, seeds or other insects.
Grasshoppers, crickets, ants, cockroaches and earwigs are all chewing insects. They have:
The honeybee is a “licking-chewing insect.” It licks its food with a tongue formed from the fusion of the labium and the maxillae. It uses its mandibles to knead wax and buid wax cells.