Cut off the wire within the mouth so that the mandibles close naturally.
I'd get as many as I could before I let them sink their mandibles into me.
The earth is held between the mandibles and carried to the surface.
Forehead: in Mallophaga, the head in front of the mandibles and antennae.
Oral fossa: in Mallophaga, a furrow lying in front of the mandibles.
The tips of their bills do come clean up to the base of the mother's mandibles.
The antenn are very short, inserted close to the root of the mandibles.
In the latter case only, the mandibles and the legs are not so robust.
In a moment it reappears, carrying a brown pellet in its mandibles.
The mandibles, which are just as strong, necessarily play their part.