Maxillae (singular Maxilla) are part of an insect's mouthparts. The maxilla are paired and arranged behind the mandibles. Maxillae usually end in a sharp point and so the maxillae act like pincers. They are used to hold and manipulate food so that it can be chewed or sliced by the mandibles.
The maxillae have palps - segmented appendages that perform a sensory role.
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