Fly proboscis, SEM

Fly proboscis, SEM

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Caption: Fly proboscis. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the tip of the proboscis (feeding mouthpart) of a bluebottle (Calliphora sp.) fly. Flies possess mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking. The tip of the proboscis has these two spongy labella, used to soak up liquids. This common fly feeds on rotting animal and vegetable matter. It is considered a domestic pest as it often spreads bacteria onto food.

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