LM of human head/body louse

LM of human head/body louse

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Caption: Light micrograph of the human head/body louse, Pediculus humanus. P. humanus is divided into two subspecies; the head louse P. humanus capitis and the body louse P. humanus corporis. The body louse lives in clothing and only moves onto the skin to eat, whereas the head louse is restricted to the hair of the head. Despite this difference in habitat, the two lice differ only slightly in shape and are capable of interbreeding. Head lice glue their eggs (nits) to hairs, while the clothes louse mainly uses the folds of the seams in clothing. Magnification: x18 at 6x6 cm size, x9 at 35mm.

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Keywords: animal, human head/body, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, light micrograph, louse, nature, pediculus humanus, wildlife, zoology

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