SEM of bed bugs crawling on fabric

SEM of bed bugs crawling on fabric

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Caption: Bed bug. Scanning electron micrograph(SEM)of 2 parasitic bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, on fabric. The head has a pair of compound eyes (red) with small facets, two antennae, and piercing mouthparts. It has six walking legs, a broad, flat, body, and no wings. A regular diet of blood is necessary for bed bugs to reach maturity. A parasite of humans, this species feeds at night and after a blood meal the body becomes quite swollen. The bite of a bed bug produces swellings on the skin. It is painful and may be lasting in some cases. During the day the bed bug lives in mattresses, floors, or in tears in furniture. Magnification: x10 at 6x7cm size.

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

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