Body bent towards the skin surface, this image depicts a lateral view of a feeding female Anopheles merus mosquito. This specimen had landed on a human hand, 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 reddish color of the labrum, as it was filled with blood, and the retracted labium, which ensheaths the sharp labrum when it’s not in use. Also note the red-colored abdomen that had become enlarged due to its blood meal contents. A member of the A. gambiae species complex, A. merus is a known vector for the parasitic disease malaria.