PLM of sucking proboscis of butterfly P.brassicae

PLM of sucking proboscis of butterfly P.brassicae

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Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Head of a butterfly. Polarised light micrograph of the head and coiled proboscis of a Cabbage White butterfly, Pieris brassicae. The proboscis is made from two parallel, interlocking parts, each of which carries muscle bundles, nerves and tracheae. Between the two inner, concave faces of these parts is the suction tube, used to take in food such as the nectar of flowers. Magnification: x24 at 6x7cm size. x40 at 5x4".

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Keywords: animal, butterfly, cabbage white, cabbage white butterfly, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mouth parts, nature, pieris brassicae, proboscis, spiral form, sucking, tongue, type, wildlife, zoology

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