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A butterfly with a proboscis, the organ adapted for sucking up fluids such as nectar.

Butterfly beak. Moth mouthpiece. Lepidoptera lips.

The proboscis is a defining feature of many moths and butterflies – the long, flexible mouthpiece that dips into flowers and draws out nectar.Traditionally it was thought that the butterfly tongue was a standard adaptation to feed on flowers. Newly discovered fossil evidence suggests ancestors of such animals exists before flowering plants, raising questions about what ancient butterflies and moths used their tongue-like appendages for.