Hoverfly feeding, SEM

Hoverfly feeding, SEM

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Caption: Hoverfly feeding. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hoverfly (Rhingia campestris) feeding on a bugle flower (Ajuga reptans). Its long mouthparts are seen reaching into the flower to suck its nectar. Some flowers may also be pollinated by feeding hoverflies. Its large compound eyes are red. At far right, one of its halteres (paddle-shaped) is visible. These tiny projections aid in the fly's balance. Hoverflies are so named for their ability to hover in the air by beating their wings (silver, centre right) rapidly. This is usually done, as here, to allow them to feed on flowers without alighting. Magnification: x4 at 6x7cm size. x10 at 5x7 inch size.

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Keywords: ajuga reptans, animal, bugle flower, feeding, flower, haltere, hover fly, hover fly feeding from, hover fly feeds, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, rhingia campestris, scanning electron micrograph, type, wildlife, zoology

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