Coloured SEM of a tsetse fly

Coloured SEM of a tsetse fly

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Caption: Tsetse fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a tsetse fly Glossina sp., a blood- sucking parasitic fly of tropical Africa. The fly pierces the skin of its host with the sharp probo- scis at lower right. The tsetse fly transmits Trypanosoma protozoa, of which T. gambiense & T. rhodesiense cause sleeping sickness in humans. Both male & female flies are bloodsuckers. Their habitat is varied, ranging from forest to river banks to savanna. 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. Magnification: x12.5 at 6x6cm size.

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

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