ID#: 9183
This 2006 image depicted a left lateral view of a female, Aedes aegypti mosquito, as she was obtaining a blood meal from a human host through her sharply pointed stylet, which can be seen here, red in color due to the blood contained inside this tubular straw. As 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 Provider(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.