ID#: 9220
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With a newly obtained fiery red blood meal, visible through her transparent abdomen, the now heavy female, Aedes aegypti mosquito, took flight as she left her host’s skin surface. 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. The wings seem to be working overtime in order to keep her heavy body aloft. See PHIL 9187 for another view of this departing female mosquito.
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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
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