Macrophoto of a tsetse fly feeding on a human arm

Macrophoto of a tsetse fly feeding on a human arm

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Credit: MARTIN DOHRN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tsetse fly. Macrophotograph of a tsetse fly Glossina morsitans feeding on a human arm towards the beginning of the meal. The tsetse is a major vector of sleeping sickness in humans & nagana in animals, spreading the causative, parasitic Trypansoma sp. protozoa. About thirty different species of tsetse fly live in various habitats in Africa, each feeding on blood by puncturing the skin with specially-adapted mouthparts. Unlike most flies the tsetse gives birth to live larvae which immediately pupate. The female nurtures one larva at a time, totalling 8-10 in a lifetime. Magnification: x2 at 35mm size. (See also image Z340/029 for fly towards the end of the meal).

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Keywords: animal, blood sucker, feeding, fly, fly vector, glossina morsitans, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nagana, nature, sleeping sickness, trypanosoma, tsetse, tsetse fly, wildlife, zoology

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