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Suborder Anoplura: the sucking lice — Examples

Human louse (Pediculus humanus)
Human Louse, Pediculus humanus, suborder Anoplura, Order Phthiraptera.
□ There are several types of human lice, including the head louse and body louse.
Photographed by: M. Smetak. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Northern California, USA. Date: 17 February, 2017.
Human louse (Pediculus humanus)
Human Louse, Pediculus humanus, suborder Anoplura, Order Phthiraptera.
□ This is a different view of the louse in the previous photo.
Photographed by: M. Smetak. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Northern California, USA. Date: 17 February, 2017.
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Photos at the top of this website are (from left to right): potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) — photo credit: Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture; ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)— photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens) — photo credit: Natalie Allen and Stephanie Kolski, U.S. Geological Survey; preying mantis, monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), hellgrammite (aka toe biter) larva and eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) — photo credit: Leslie Mertz; Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina) — photo credit: Kay Meng, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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