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THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Anopheles mosquito. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the front of a male Anopheles sp. mosquito. The Anopheles mosquito is the vector for the malaria parasite. However, the male feeds mainly on nectar, only the female drinks the blood of animals and thus transmits the parasite. The head comprises two compound eyes (blue), two hairy feather-like antennae and complex mouthparts. The mouthparts consist of two mandibular palps (upper centre) and a proboscis (upper right), which contains the piercing and sucking instruments necessary to obtain a blood meal from humans and other animals.
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