You have had interesting discussion in your class. I am a researcher
studying taste in insects, mainly using flies and butterflies.
Generally in insects, antena is for smell like nose and mouth part and/or
feet are for taste. So, you are right but, I would not say your teacher is
wrong. Because, some insects possesse taste sensor also on antenna (wilde
silk moth, for example).
If you catch a fly, you can try to touch the anntenna and feet with a fine
brush with sugar solution and see when the fly extend the mouth for taking
At 3:45 PM 98.5.14 -0700, Olivia wrote:
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>>A question came up in class today and I can't seem to find the answer
>anywhere to prove to my teacher that I'm right. I was hoping maybe you
>could help me?? The question- was where on the common housefly's body
>are the taste organs located? I said the feet but my teacher said it was
>the antenna. is she right??
>If you could help me that would be great!
Mamiko Ozaki, D.Sc.,
Dept. of Biology, Fac. of Science,
Machikaneyama 1-1 | Phone: +81-6-850-5439
Toyonaka, Osaka, 560 | Fax: +81-6-850-5439
Japan | e-mail : ozaki at bio.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp