Fly proboscis, SEM

Fly proboscis, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fly mouthparts. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the proboscis of an unidentified fly (order Diptera). Flies generally feed on liquids. These are usually either plant juices, blood or solid food that the fly has liquified using enzymes. The mouthparts of this fly are adapted for sucking. The spongy lamellae seen on either side of the mouth help to suck liquids. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, coloured, fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mouth, mouthparts, nature, proboscis, scanning electron micrograph, sem, sucking, wildlife, zoology

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