mealy bug on orchid leaf
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Word of the Week: Stylet

Stylet: Any sharp, piercing, needle-like organ such as those that form the mouth parts of bugs, fleas, and mosquitoes.*

Mealy bugs, scale insects, and aphids are examples of pests which use their stylets to suck juices out of plants. In the picture above, a mealy bug is starting in on an orchid leaf.

*O’Toole, C. (ed.). (2002). Firefly encyclopedia of insects and spiders. Toronto: Firefly Books.

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