Coloured SEM of a bed bug, Cimex lectularius

Coloured SEM of a bed bug, Cimex lectularius

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Caption: Bed bug. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a bed bug, Cimex lectularius. The head of the insect (upper centre) has a pair of compound eyes with small facets, two antennae, and a long stylet mouthpart (centre). Walking legs are seen at lower frame. The long stylet mouthpart is a nib-shaped structure used to pierce human skin and to suck blood. A regular diet of blood is necessary for bed bugs to reach maturity. The bite of a bed bug produces swellings on the skin. These swellings are usually only detected after the bed bug has retreated to its day-time resting place such as on mattresses, floors, or tears in furniture. Magnification: x30 at 5x7cm size. x47 at 4x5"

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Keywords: animal, bed, bed bug, bug, cimex lectularius, entomology, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, parasite, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, zoology

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