Anopheles mosquito, SEM

Anopheles mosquito, SEM

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Caption: Mosquito. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a female malaria-carrying mosquito Anopheles sp. The compound eyes of this insect, coloured green, are at upper centre of image. Emerging from the head is a characteristic three-pronged fork made up of two mandibular palps and the piercing proboscis. The proboscis is used by the females of the species to draw blood. The parasite that causes malaria is present in the saliva of the female mosquito and is transmitted when she feeds. Malaria is a major health problem in many countries, causing a potentially fatal fever. Magnification: x20 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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