Culex pipiens, Common House Mosquito


Color enhanced scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Culex pipiens, the common Mosquito. Culex pipiens occurs on every continent except Antarctica and is the most widely distributed mosquito in the world. It is a carrier of the West Nile virus that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus. It is then spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. SEM 16x at 70mm.

Credit: Biophoto Associates / Science Source

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