Fly mouth parts

Fly mouth parts

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Credit: Javier Torrent, VW PICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The sponging mouthparts consist of a fleshy labium, at the distal end of which are large, sponge-like organs called the labella (singular, labellum). The labella consist of many grooves, called pseudotrachea, which sop up liquids much like a sponge does.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, diptera, entomological, entomology, extreme macro, fauna, fly, focus stacking, image digitally manipulated, insect, macro, mouth parts, prepared specimen, studio shot, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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