Tunnelling into the ground, the cicada nymph encounters plant roots. To feed, it inserts its needle-like mouthparts, which contain two fine tubes, into a root. It pumps saliva down one tube while sucking the partially digested root sap up the other.
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Photograph by G. R. Roberts
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