Under a relatively low magnification of 115X, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) revealed some of the exoskeletal morphology on the surface of an unidentified mosquito found deceased in the suburbs of Decatur, Georgia. An already structurally-frail organism, this insect was discovered in a very dry, dessicated stated, and therefore, was missing a number of its body parts, including its antennae.Note the two 'scapes' (arrows), at which point each respective antenna would have emanated from the mosquito's head region. Into this cup-like structure yet another segment would have been attached, known as the 'pedicle'.
CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
December 3, 2012
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