Butterfly Proboscis

Scientists are continually learning more about the mechanics of a butterfly’s proboscis. Initially thought to work only as a suction type of device, it is now known to work in

Monarch fusing the two sides of its proboscis into one appendage

Monarch fusing its proboscis into one appendage

Crosscut of a Monarch butterfly proboscis

Crosscut of a Monarch butterfly proboscis

Gulf Fritillary butterfly split proboscis

Gulf Fritillary butterfly split proboscis

The outer side of a butterfly  proboscis draws in fluid

The outer side of a proboscis draws in fluid

Study information is located online here.

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