This is the head of a female mosquito. The head contains all of the significant sensory organs that the insect uses to find blood meals. These organs are concentrated in the antennae, eyes, and palps, while the proboscis is used for drinking blood.Extending from the center of the head are the two antennae. Covering most of the insect’s head are compound eyes that are composed of hundreds of small hemispherical facets. Protruding from below the antennae is the proboscis, flanked on either side by the palps.
Scanning electron microscope images captured by Adam Nadel using scope time donated by Carl Zeiss and Tescan-USA.