Male house mosquito, SEM

Male house mosquito, SEM

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Caption: Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Male common house mosquito (Culex pipiens) with prominent brush antennae and proboscis. Male mosquitoes do not feed on blood but suck plant juices and nectar with its sucking proboscis. In the United States, West Nile virus is transmitted primarily by Culex pipiens female mosquitoes. Culex spp. become infected by biting certain birds carrying the West Nile virus and in turn transmits the virus to humans where it can cause encephalitis and meningitis. Culex spp. are also disease vectors of western equine and Saint Louis encephalitis. In addition, Culex spp. are carries of viral encephalitis and filariasis. Magnification: x2. 5 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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