Head of a tsetse fly

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 & 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 savanah. Unlike most flies the tsetse gives birth to fully developed larvae, which immediately pupate. The short antennae are adorned with bristles called aristae. Mag: X48 at 8x10 inch size.

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Keywords: animal, coloured sem, compound eye, eyes, fly vector, glossina morsitans, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sleeping sickness, trypanosoma, tsetse fly, wildlife, zoology

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