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October 5, 2021

Hummingbird hawk moth unfurls its proboscis to feed

Like bees and butterflies, flies, beetles, moths and other insects are also pollinators and play a key role in helping flowering plants reproduce. Here, a hummingbird hawk moth unfurls its long proboscis to feed.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants DEB 1541500, DEB 1557007, IOS 1920895 and IOS 1920936.]

Learn more in the University of Florida's Florida Museum news story Unsure how to help reverse insect declines? Scientists suggest simple ways. (Date image taken: 2020; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 5, 2021)

Credit: Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage

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