Hover fly proboscis, SEM

Hover fly proboscis, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hover fly proboscis. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the tip of the proboscis (snout) of a hover fly (family Syrphidae). Flies possess mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking. This fly is abundant on flowers, feeding on their juices and nectar. The tip of this proboscis has two spongy labella (red), used to mop up liquids. Magnification: x180 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal, coloured, feeding structure, fly, hover, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, labella, labellum, lobe, lobes, mouth, mouthpart, mouthparts, nature, proboscis, scanning electron micrograph, sem, snout, sponge, spongy, syrphidae, wildlife, zoology

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