Fly eating another fly, SEM

Fly eating another fly, SEM

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Caption: Fly eating another fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a large predatory fly, Coenosia humilis (brown), feeding on a smaller fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster (green). Predatory insects, such as this, usually use a long proboscis (red) to puncture their prey's hard outer layer (exoskeleton) and suck the softer innards out, leaving a dry husk. C. humilis is used by farmers to control pests such as whiteflies and leaf miners by being released into greenhouses.

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