Cat flea head, SEM

Cat flea head, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cat flea head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). One of the eyes (dark purple) is seen at the centre of the flea's head. The two purple structures at the front of the head are sensory palps, and below 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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