STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Common house mosquito (Culex pipiens). Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a female common house mosquito head, showing its compound eyes, antennae and mouthparts (bottom right). Culex pipiens is the most common mosquito in Britain. Only female mosquuitoes bite humans, males feed off nectar. The females of this mosquito are vectors of diseases including West Nile virus and Japanese encephalitis. Magnification: x60, when printed 10 cm wide.
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