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Crouching forward and downward on her forelegs, this image depicts a lateral view of a feeding female Anopheles gambiae mosquito. This specimen had landed on a human’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. A. gambiae is a known vector for the parasitic disease malaria.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:James Gathany
CDC Organization
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