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Posts tagged proboscis

January 8, 2009

 

Multiple mosquito bites on leg

Mosquito Bites! Will Nothing Stop This Itching?

There are many myths about mosquito bite cures, like using banana peels or toothpaste.

March 16, 2004

 

How Insects Drink

Learn how insects drink on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Which Hurts More, Horseflies or Mosquitoes?

The difference in pain is due to the way each insect obtains blood. Mosquitoes have mouth parts that are highly modified for piercing; they have a sharp proboscis, a prominent tube-like part that extends from their head and houses organs known as stylets which work like hypodermic needles to penetrate the skin and suck up your blood.

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