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Mosquito (Anopheles stephensi) feeding on human blood. The mosquito feeds by piercing its victim's skin with its proboscis (red tube-shaped mouthpiece, centre) and drawing blood through it. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood, which they require to produce eggs. This type of mosquito is well-known for transmitting malaria.
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