Head of a housefly

Head of a housefly

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of the head of a housefly, Musca domestica. Flies belong to the order known as Diptera and are divided into many families and thousands of different species. The long proboscis of the Musca domestica is used for sucking fluid food: it ends in a spongy surface consisting of two labella which are covered by a network of branching grooves stiffened by cuticular rings. One of the two compound eyes is visible at centre right coloured purple. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, entomology, fly, head, housefly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, musca domestica, nature, proboscis, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, zoology

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