Artwork of mosquito, Anopheles sp., sucking blood

Artwork of mosquito, Anopheles sp., sucking blood

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Caption: Mosquito feeding. Artwork of a female malaria mosquito, Anopheles sp. feeding on human blood through the skin. This mosquito is a carrier of Plasmodium sp., the malarial parasite. The blood can be seen in the mosquito's abdomen. The mosquito uses its tube-like proboscis (black) to suck blood. Only female mosquitoes feed on human blood and hence transit malaria. While the mosquito feeds, the malaria parasite infects the human bloodstream. Symptoms of malaria include shaking, chills and fever. Lethal kidney, liver, brain or blood complications may develop.

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Keywords: animal, anopheles sp., art, artwork, blood, feeding, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, malaria mosquito, mosquito, mosquito feeding, mosquito sucking art, nature, wildlife, worst invasive alien species, zoology

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