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Mosquito

Posted by wildwatertv on September 23, 2009

 

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This is a female Anopheles mosquito.  It’s only the females that have the proboscis for biting through skin.  Very close up these creatures display extraordinary colour and vitality.  Seems a shame to just squash them really.  The scales on the head are similar to the scales on a butterfly’s wing, and the head is full of receptors including a very advanced heat sensing system which helps mosquitos find their victims. As well as the two antennae the mosquito has a pair of short palps just above the proboscis. These are the first pictures taken with the microscope I’ve just made in my engineering workshop.  The lens is the ubiquitous Zeiss luminar and the lighting was a mixture of transmitted blue light and incident white light.

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