Did you know that butterflies don't chew food like some other insects? They get all the nutrients they need by sipping nectar, water, fruit, and even tree sap through a long, tube-like appendage called a "Proboscis".
Due to its shape, you may think a butterfly's proboscis works like a straw. Though it is shaped like a tube, the proboscis works more like a combination of a straw and a sponge, absorbing liquids rather than just drinking it! The proboscis' length and its pointed tip make it the perfect tool for drinking the tasty nectar out of a variety of different flowers! That's not all: when not in use, the proboscis stays tightly coiled against the butterfly's head.
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