Dust mite. SEM

Dust mite. SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dust mite. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of house dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus). Millions of dust mites inhabit the home, feeding on shed skin cells. They mainly live in furniture, and are usually harmless. However, their excrement and dead bodies may cause allergic reactions in susceptible people. Magnification: x200when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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