The American Museum of Natural History produced this wonderful short video of Louis Sorkin talking about bed bugs, and feeding bed bugs on his hand:
Click here to view on YouTube if the embedded video above does not work for you.
I know you’ll also want to read Lou Sorkin: On the Front Line in the Battle Against Bed Bugs, an article accompanying this video on the AMNH website.
Lou also has some amazing new close-ups of bed bugs feeding on his skin.
They’re really good shots and very educational. They’re also bound to freak out many readers who may be trying to avoid such images right now. So I am hiding them after the jump.
Of the first image, Lou writes,
Various bed bug nymphs
Inverted a vial (note indentations in skin) of bed bug nymphs on the birthmark of my hand. Note some shed skins. Bed bugs had only been feeding a minute or so. They feed quickly in this area.
Online definition of nevus flammeus: A port-wine stain is a vascular birthmark consisting of superficial and deep dilated capillaries in the skin which produce a reddish to purplish discolouration of the skin.
Of the second photo, Lou notes,
First instar bed bug nymphs
Inverted a small vial (note indentations in skin) of first instar nymphs on my hand, on the birthmark. These have been feeding less than one minute. They feed quickly in this area.
Note: if you’d like even more detail, click the images above to view the shots on Lou’s flickr page, then select the largest view to see them at highest resolution.
It’s hard to express just how much Lou’s work is appreciated by all of us who spend most of our time trying to avoid bed bug bites.
Thanks, Lou, for your tireless efforts to educate the public about bed bugs!
Photos: Lou Sorkin, AMNH.
AMNH video produced/edited by James Sims.