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Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (M)
No Taxon maxilla
Explanation of Names
From Latin maxilla, jawbone (1).
maxilla noun, plural maxillae - paired "under jaws", which in many respects resemble the mandibles, but are smaller, and more delicate in structure, they can be considered "accessory jaws" that aid the mandibles in chewing. May have attached sensory structures, the maxillary palpi, and these are often the most visible part of the maxillae.

Photos showing maxillae, in many cases just the maxillary palpi:
See Also
maxillae (maxillary palpi)
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 556 (1)
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.