Fly's tongue, SEM

Fly's tongue, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fly's tongue, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Flies do not have a muscular tongue like humans, but the tip of their proboscis has a similar sensory function. This is the labellum, one of a pair of pads on the proboscis' tip that is responsible for distinguishing tastes. Research has shown that flies are able to taste a wide variety of flavours, and are especially adept at distinguishing between bitter flavours.

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