Skin Piercing Mouthparts of a Bedbug, (Cimex lectularius)

Skin Piercing Mouthparts of a Bedbug, (Cimex lectularius)

Skin Piercing Mouthparts of a Bedbug, (Cimex lectularius)

This digially-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed on the ventral surface of a bedbug, Cimex lectularius. From this view you can see the insect’s skin piercing mouthparts it uses to obtain its blood meal, as well as a number of its six jointed legs.