Fly proboscis, SEM

Fly proboscis, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fly proboscis. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the tip of the proboscis (mouthparts) of an unidentified fly (order Diptera). Flies possess mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking. Most feed on plant juices or suck the blood of mammals. The tip of the proboscis in some flies has these two spongy flaps (labella), used to soak up liquids. Magnification: x100 at 6x7cm size.

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

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