SUSUMU NISHINAGA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SUSUMU NISHINAGA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Mosquito larva mouth hairs. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the mouth hairs of a mosquito larva (Aedes albopictus). These hairs are feeding structures used to filter water. The hairs beat through the water filtering out algae, pollen, bacteria and other micro- organisms that the larva feeds on. The mosquito larva hatches from a floating egg and hangs below the surface of the water. It breathes air through a siphon structure attached to its rear (not seen).
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