ID#: 17696
This image depicts a lateral view of a feeding female, Anopheles gambiae mosquito. This specimen had landed on the photographer’s skin, and was in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum, which it had inserted into its human host. Note the red color of the labrum, as it was filled with blood, and the bright-red abdomen that had become enlarged, due to its blood meal contents. You can also see a droplet of blood that was being expelled from the distal tip of its abdomen. A. gambiae is a known vector for the parasitic disease malaria.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date: 2014
Photo Credit: James Gathany
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