ID#: 9178
Description: Caption:
This 2006 image depicted a left lateral view of a female, Aedes aegypti mosquito, as she was completing the activity of obtaining a blood meal from a human host through her sharply pointed stylet, which she’d begun to resheath in her labium. Both structures are part of her feeding organ known as the proboscis. After it filled with blood, the abdomen became distended, stretching the exterior exoskeletal surface, thereby, causing it to become transparent, allowing the collecting blood to become visible, as an enlarging intra-abdominal red mass.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame
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.