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Proboscis of a moth. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the proboscis mouthpart of a white plume moth, Pterophorus pentadactyla. The spiral-shaped sucking proboscis is a distinctive characteristic of butterflies and moths and it is used to suck the nectar of flowers and other fluid matter. At rest it is carried rolled into a spiral between the two labial palps (which carry taste organs). It is extended to take in food by means of muscular action and increased blood pressure. In some moths the proboscis may be extremely long, often longer than the body. Magnification: x10 at 6x7cm size.
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