Monday Night Mystery

Tonight’s challenge is a straight-up identification.

A scanning electron micrograph of our mystery insect. (Credit: CDC/public domain)


The above image depicts part of an insect under high magnification.

1. To what order does this insect belong? (3 points)
2. To what family does this insect belong? (3 points)
3. What part of the insect is shown in the foreground?(4 points)

To earn points, be the first person to correctly answer each question. The cumulative points winner for the month of February will win their choice of:

1) A guest post here on Myrmecos
2) Any 8×10 print from my insect photography galleries
3) A myrmecos t-shirt

Good luck!

8 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. Picture ID#10562 in the Public Health Image Library (PHIL):
    “Magnified 650X, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) is the third of three SEMs (see PHIL 10560, 10561) that are viewed under successively greater magnifications, while focusing on the cephalic, or head region of an unidentified mosquito discovered deceased in the Decatur, Georgia suburbs.”
    Image created in 2008 by Elizabeth Perez.

    1. To translate that into the answers:
      1. Diptera.
      2. Culicidae.
      3. Visible in the foreground are the scale-covered palp (towards the middle) and labium (bottom right), and more generally the head (cephalic region).

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