Dorsal View of a Female Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

Dorsal View of a Female Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

Dorsal View of a Female Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

This photograph depicts a dorsal view of a female body louse, Pediculus humanus var. corporis. Some of the external morphologic features displayed by members of the genus Pediculus include an elongated abdominal region without any processes, and three pairs of legs, which are all equal in length and width. One of the anatomical features displayed by the female louse is its concave distal abdominal tip.

Body lice are parasitic insects that live on the body, and in the clothing or bedding of infested humans. Infestation is common, found worldwide, and affects people of all races. Body lice infestations spread rapidly under crowded conditions where hygiene is poor, and there is frequent contact among people.

How is a body lice infestation diagnosed?

By looking closely in the seams of clothing and on the body for eggs and for crawling lice. Diagnosis should be made by a health care provider if you are unsure about infestation.