Malaria human attraction

Malaria human attraction

Anopheles stephensi mosquito

An Anopheles stephensi mosquito is obtaining a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis. Note the droplet of blood being expelled from the abdomen after having engorged itself on its host’s blood. This mosquito is a known malarial vector with a distribution that ranges from Egypt all the way to China.

IMAGE: Jim Gathany / CDC