Colour SEM of head of the mosquito, Aedes aegypti

Colour SEM of head of the mosquito, Aedes aegypti

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Caption: Yellow fever mosquito. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the head of a female yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti. The head is at upper centre, with compound eyes (red). There are two hairy antennae, and a long proboscis (at centre) used for sucking blood. The swollen abdomen of this mosquito suggests it has just had a blood meal. Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are carriers of an arbovirus which causes yellow fever in humans. Patients develop a fever, and the skin becomes yellow due to jaundice. Yellow fever was once a fatal infection throughout the tropics, but now occurs only in parts of tropical Africa and South America. Magnification: x40 at 6x6cm size. x60 at 4x4".

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Keywords: aedes aegypti, animal, compound eye, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mosquito, nature, wildlife, yellow fever, zika fever, zika vector, zika virus, zikv, zoology

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