Scanning electron microscope image of mosquito larva (family Culicidae) mouth parts.
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Feeding Hairs

Anopheles gambiae

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Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the mouth parts of a mosquito larva (family Culicidae). The collection of hairs (purple) are feeding structures used to filter water. The hairs beat through the water filtering out algae, bacteria and other micro-organisms that the larva feeds on.