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Portraits Of Nature’s Syringes 

by Michael Keller

It’s summertime, and since we’ve already been considering keeping malaria-carrying mosquitoes away, we got to thinking about the business end of some of the arthropods that can bug us. 

After coming across an electron microscope image of the proboscis and head of a mosquito from the genus Anopheles (top), several of whose species transmit malaria, we wondered what some of nature’s other syringes looked like up close and personal. Click on the images to see to whom these painful or itch-inducing needles belong.

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