Flies have a specialised mouthpart called a proboscis. This hoverfly, Rhingia campestris has a remarkable snout. It protects its rod-like proboscis which is exceptionally long for a hoverfly. It enables it to reach into deeper flowers than other nectar-feeding flies can.

Click to see another fly's proboscis.

Part of the Collection of the Insect Portrait Gallery of the Micropolitan Museum © Wim van Egmond