Culex mosquito, SEM
Culex mosquito. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Culex sp. mosquito. The mosquito's head is dominated by its large compound eyes (brown spheres). Sprouting from between its eyes are the antennae, which are sensory organs covered in fine hairs. The long thin proboscis protruding from the bottom of the head is used for feeding. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood. Mosquitoes have six long jointed legs. Several Culex species are vectors for human diseases, including West Nile virus and Japanese encephalitis.
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View of a mosquito fossilised in amber
Mosquito in amber. Fossilized mosquito (Family: Culicidae) embedded in amber. Amber is fossilized resin that was produced by various now extinct coniferous trees during the Jurassic period. The sticky resin trapped small insects as it solidified and hardened, preserving their bodies for millions of years. This is one of the few processes by which fossils are preserved complete with all of their soft tissues. Various types of insect are preserved, including bees, wasps and ants (Order: Hymenoptera). Many of these species are now extinct.
© Sinclair Stammers/Science Photo Library
LRDS-83 Mosquito, Female
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM)
Magnification x 55 (A4 size: 29.7 cm width)
Coloured by hand to enhance natural features.
Credit: David Spears (last refuge) / ardea
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