‘Butterfly Tongues’ Are More Ancient Than Flowers, Fossil Study Finds

‘Butterfly Tongues’ Are More Ancient Than Flowers, Fossil Study Finds

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

Scientists have discovered the proboscis butterflies use to suck nectar from flowers existed before flowers did. So: What were ancient butterflies using their long, tongue-like suckers for?

(Image credit: Hossein Rajaei/Science Advances)

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