Badger body louse, SEM

Badger body louse, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Badger body louse. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a badger body louse (Trichodectes melis). This is the second most common ectoparasite (external parasite) of the badger. The louse bites the badger's skin to feed on its blood.

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