STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Mosquito wing surface. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the micro-structures on the surface of a mosquito (family Culicidae) wing. The hair-like structures (brown) aid flight and can be used to create sound, which may be used in courtship rituals. Mosquitoes beat their wings 300-500 times a second during flight, and can travel at a speed of up to 32 kilometres an hour. Several species are vectors for human diseases, including yellow fever and malaria.
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