Mosquito. Colored Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a malaria-causing mosquito, Anopheles sp. The blue compound eyes of this insect are seen at upper center of image. Emerging from the head (towards lower right) is a characteristic three- pronged fork made up of 2 mandibular palps and the piercing proboscis. The proboscis is used by the females of the species to draw blood. Anopheles are one of several species of mosquito which transmit malaria. The parasite that causes malaria is present in the saliva of female mosquitos. Malaria is a major health problem in many countries, causing a potentially fatal fever.

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