False-colour SEM of proboscis of Tsetse fly

False-colour SEM of proboscis of Tsetse fly

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the proboscis 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. The labium, a sheathlike structure surrounding the delicate mouthparts, opens to allow the stylet, a collection of piercing & sucking instruments, to penetrate the skin surface in search of blood. The blood parasite is deposited at the time of the bite. Magnification: X11 at 35mm size. Original is bw print z340/073

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Keywords: animal, false-coloured, fly vector, glossina morsitans, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, labium, nature, proboscis, sleeping sickness, stylet, trypanosoma, tsetse fly, wildlife, zoology

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