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Culex mosquito, SEM

Culex mosquito. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Culex sp. mosquito. The mosquitos 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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This print showcases a Culex mosquito in all its intricate detail. Taken using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), the image reveals the fascinating features of this tiny creature. The mosquito's head is prominently adorned with large compound eyes, resembling brown spheres that seem to hold countless secrets within them. Between these mesmerizing eyes sprout delicate antennae, covered in fine hairs, serving as sensory organs for the insect. The most striking aspect of this image is the long and slender proboscis protruding from the bottom of the mosquito's head. This specialized mouthpart is used exclusively by female mosquitoes for feeding on blood - an essential activity for their survival and reproduction. With six long jointed legs supporting its body, this particular species of Culex mosquito belongs to a group known to transmit various human diseases such as West Nile virus and Japanese encephalitis. While male mosquitoes primarily feed on nectar, it is only the females that engage in bloodsucking behavior. Through this stunning photograph, we gain insight into both the beauty and complexity of nature's smallest creatures. It serves as a reminder of how even seemingly insignificant organisms play significant roles in our ecosystem while also posing potential health risks to humans.

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