27.0 MB (2.0 MB compressed)
3072 x 3072 pixels
25.9 x 25.9 cm ⏐ 10.2 x 10.2 in (300dpi)
DAVID SCHARF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID SCHARF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Head of mosquito larva. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the head of a mosquito larva. At top, the head is capped by a crown of hairs which are flattened curved structures each with a small comb-like row of spines at their tip. A pair of mouthparts (at centre) also each have a fringe of hairs. These flattened hairs beat through the water filtering out algal spores, pollen, bacteria and other microorganisms on which the larva feeds. The mosquito larva hatches from a floating egg and floats horizontally just below the surface of the water, breathing through a respiratory siphon. Magnification: x55 at 6x6cm size.
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