Fly's proboscis, light micrograph

Fly's proboscis, light micrograph

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Caption: Fly's proboscis. Light micrograph (LM) of the tip of the proboscis (snout) of a fly (order Diptera). Flies possess mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking. The tip of the proboscis in some flies has two spongy labella, which contain grooves (seen here) used for soaking up liquids. Most feed on plant juices or suck the blood of mammals.

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