Fly mouthparts, SEM

Fly mouthparts, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fly mouthparts. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the proboscis of a March fly (family Bibionidae). The proboscis is a feeding structure that is coiled up when not in use, and extended when needed. Flies generally feed on liquids. These are usually either plant juices, blood, or solid food that the fly has liquified using enzymes. The pink parts of the proboscis are spongy lamellae used to soak up liquids.

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Keywords: animal, bibionidae, biological, biology, coloured, diptera, entomology, false-colour, false-coloured, fauna, fly, insect, invertebrate, invertebrates, lamellae, march fly, mouth, mouthparts, nature, proboscis, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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