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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal structure and function  >  Body parts  >  Proboscis
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Animal weapons: geography cone shell

This is a colour clip showing how the geography cone ('Conus geographus'), a colourfully patterned, coiled marine shell concealing a fleshy body inside, captures its prey. While it remains motionless on the sandy floor of the coral reef floor by day, at night it becomes an active hunter searching for suitably sized fish ...

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Worker honey bee with stored pollen

This is a colour photograph of a worker honey bee ('Apis mellifera'), showing its body structure, compound eyes and the stored pollen on its back leg. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apidae.)

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Mosquito mouthparts

This is a scanning electron micrograph of the mouthparts of a mosquito. The scale bar at the bottom of the image represents 1 mm. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Culicidae.)

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Head of a moth

This is a scanning electron micrograph of the head of a moth. The head is covered in fine scale-hairs, and the eye, coiled proboscis and antenna of the moth are clearly visible. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera.)