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Head louse clinging to strand of human hair, SEM

Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen

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Credit: Head louse clinging to strand of human hair, SEM. Credit: Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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False-coloured scanning electron micrograph of a head louse clinging to a strand of human hair. Head lice (Pediculus) feed on human blood and live in close proximity to the scalp. They lay eggs (nits) in sacs which firmly attach to individual strands of hair near the base of the shaft. Width of image is 1 mm.


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