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Bent forward towards the skin surface, this feeding female Anopheles sinensis mosquito 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 host. Note that the labrum was still partially-sheathed by the insect’s labium, which ensheaths the labrum when it’s not in use. A member of the A. hyrcanus group, A. sinensis 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
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