Male Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

Male Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

Male Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

This photograph depicts a dorsal view of a male 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, all equal in length and width. The distal tip of the male’s abdomen is rounded, whereas, the female’s is concave.

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. Note the sensorial setae, or hairs that cover the louse’s body, which pick up, and transmit information to the insect about changes in its environment such as temperature, and chemical queues. The dark mass inside the abdomen is a previously ingested blood meal.

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.

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

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

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

This photograph depicts a lateral view of a female body louse, Pediculus humanus var. corporis, as it was obtaining a blood-meal from a human host, who in this case, happened to be the photographer. Note its elongated abdominal region without any processes, and three pairs of legs, which are all equal in length and width, features displayed by Pediculus members.

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. Note the sensorial setae, or hairs that cover the louse’s body, which pick up, and transmit information to the insect about changes in its environment such as temperature, and chemical queues. The dark mass inside the abdomen is a previously ingested blood meal.

Are body lice infestations common in the United States?

Body lice are found only in homeless, transient populations who don’t have access to changes of clothes or bath. Infestation is unlikely to persist on anyone who bathes regularly and who regularly has access to freshly laundered clothing and bedding.

Dorsal View of a Male Body Louse (Pediculus Humanus Var. Corporis)

Dorsal View of a Male Body Louse (Pediculus Humanus Var. Corporis)

Dorsal View of a Male Body Louse (Pediculus Humanus Var. Corporis)

This photograph depicted a dorsal view of a male 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, all equal in length and width. The distal tip of the male’s abdomen is rounded, whereas, the female’s is concave.

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. Note the sensorial setae, or hairs that cover the louse’s body, which pick up, and transmit information to the insect about changes in its environment such as temperature, and chemical queues. The dark mass inside the abdomen is a previously ingested blood meal.

What do body lice look like?

There are three forms of body lice: the egg (sometimes called a nit), the nymph, and the adult.

Nit: Nits are body lice eggs. They are generally easy to see in the seams of clothing, particularly around the waistline and under armpits. They are about the size of this mark ( ’ ). Nits may also be attached to body hair. They are oval and usually yellow to white. Nits may take 30 days to hatch.

Nymph: The egg hatches into a baby louse called a nymph. It looks like an adult body louse, but is smaller. Nymphs mature into adults about 7 days after hatching. To live, the nymph must feed on blood.

Adult: The adult body louse is about the size of a sesame seed, has 6 legs, and is tan to grayish-white. Females lay eggs. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood. If the louse falls off of a person, it dies within 10 days.

Ventral View of a Male Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

Ventral View of a Male Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

Ventral View of a Male Body Louse (Pediculus humanus var. corporis)

This photograph depicts a ventral view of a male 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, all equal in length and width. The distal tip of the male’s abdomen is rounded, whereas, the female’s is concave.

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. The dark mass inside the abdomen is a previously ingested blood meal, obtained by the louse when the photographer offered his arm to the insect on which it fed.

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.

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An Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito

An Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito

An Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito feeding on a human hand.

Also known as Aedes triseriatus, and commonly known as the “treehole mosquito”, this species has been identified in mosquito pools reported as positive for the West Nile Virus, and is also a know vector for the La Crosse virus.

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female Aedes albopictus mosquito

female Aedes albopictus mosquito

A female Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on a human host.

Under experimental conditions the Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus. Aedes is a genus of the Culicine family of mosquitoes.