SEM of head of a Tsetse fly

SEM of head of a Tsetse fly

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a tsetse fly Glossina morsitans, a large bloodsucking fly of tropical Africa. The tsetse fly transmits a parasitic protozoan called Trypanosoma, of which T. gambiense and T. rhodesiense are the agents of sleeping sickness in humans. Both male & female are bloodsuckers. Their habitat is varied, ranging from forest to river bank to savannah. Unlike most flies the tsetse gives birth to fully developed larvae, which immediately pupate. The female nurtures one larva at a time, with a total of 8-10 per lifetime. Control of the tsetse is by destruction of their habitat. Mag: X32 at 10x8", X5 at 35mm. Original is bw print Z340/067.

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

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