Feather louse nymph, SEM

Feather louse nymph, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Feather louse nymph. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a feather louse nymph (family Ischnocera) on a feather. This is an ectoparasite (external parasite) of birds. Some feather lice feed only on debris from the feathers, causing no harm to the bird. But others feed on the bird's blood and can cause disease, or anaemia, which causes weakness.

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