Tick mouthparts, SEM

Tick mouthparts, SEM

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Credit: THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tick mouthparts (centre), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). These mouthparts are used to pierce the skin of a mammal and suck on its warm blood. Ticks transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.

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