Cat flea head, SEM

Cat flea head, SEM

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Credit: THOMAS DEERINCK, NCMIR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cat flea head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). The flea's eyes (red) are seen at the sides of its head. The two antennae-like structures (lower centre) are sensory palps, and behind these are the mandibles, which are used to pierce the host's skin and suck blood. Fleas usually only remain on the host whilst feeding.

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