ID#: 8936
This 2006 photograph depicted a female, Aedes aegypti mosquito, as she was in the process inserting her stylet through the skin surface of her host. She then proceeded to obtain a blood meal. As it would fill with blood, the abdomen would become distended, thereby, stretching the exterior exoskeletal surface, causing it to become transparent, and allowing the collecting blood to become visible, as an enlarging red mass. See PHIL 8923 through 8933, for imagery depicting her in various feeding phases.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date: 2006
Photo Credit: James Gathany
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.