Head of a black fly

Head of a black fly

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Caption: Black fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a black fly (Simulium sp.). It is a parasitic, blood-sucking insect closely related to mosquitoes. Black flies are common the world over, and the females feed on blood, both animal and human. The head possesses two large compound eyes (green), short segmented antennae (upper left) and skin piercing mouthparts (not clearly seen). Due to the blood-sucking activities of these flies, some species are vectors for transmitting human and animal diseases. Magnification: x55 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, black fly, buffalo gnat, compound eye, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, pest, simulium sp., wildlife, zoology

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