Mosquito on human skin, ready to bite

Mosquito on human skin, ready to bite

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Credit: DR. PETE BILLINGSLEY, UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN/SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Close-up of an unidentified species of mosquito on human skin. The mosquito's proboscis (thin reddish-brown structure) is visible poised just above the skin at right, ready to bite. The elbow- shaped mouthpart which is seen gripping the proboscis about half way down is the stylet sheath, a modified labium. This sheath normally covers the proboscis, but bends backwards as the mosquito bites, allowing the proboscis to slide through its tip and penetrate the host's skin.

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Keywords: animal, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mosquito, nature, proboscis, wildlife, zoology

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