Head louse, SEM

Head louse, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Head louse. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a human head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) clinging to a hair. This parasite inhabits the hair of the head, gripping the hair using its well-developed legs and claws. It feeds on the host's blood, often causing intense itching and irritation. A head louse infestation may be treated with chemical shampoos. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, claw, claws, clinging, coloured, ectoparasite, ectoparasitic, grasping, gripping, hair, head, holding, human, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, louse, nature, parasite, parasitic, pediculus humanus capitis, scanning electron micrograph, sem, strand, wildlife, zoology

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