Body lice and bed bugs (Lou's photo)(13 posts)
Delightful and informative new photo of bed bugs and body lice dining together on Lou's hand.
(I was surprised by the comparative size of the body lice.)
It does make me wonder what the Guinness record for number of simultaneous feeding from multiple species of ectoparasites is.
I have just checked and cant see any. I feel a challenge and a trip to Lou's lab coming on although i am still showing the signs of my last visit.
Bed Bugs Limited
i want to see some mites on a hand along side some bbs and lice...throw on a tick for good measure..and what about a nice hungry leech while we're at it?....and a vampire bat too, for that matter.
Now we're talkin'
You forgot fleas, Deedle....
darn it....i knew i was forgetting something!
OK Now you have us started:
Bedbugs (Tropical and Native)
It could be a though challenge.
Lou is too damn good with a camera. It's not good for us.
I hate to say it but that translucent thing with the speck (upper-left) looks like what I've been finding around.
So, what is body lice? Is it different than a head louse? Am I looking at a louse or a bed bug? Do these things--lice--live on dogs? If so, which kind.
Thanks again, Lou. It's not like are nerves aren't shot or anything.
Oh yeah, NoBugs... Delightful indeed.
Thanks to Lou, there's now also a labeled photo of the dinner guests here.
I didn't feel the lice feeding at all. And it's interesting that the blood doesn't show up as bright red in their bodies. Maybe it has something to do with their integument. Sometimes I can feel the bed bugs feeding. Webbing between fingers is more sensitive, but sometimes I can sense it as a fine, hot needle though not really painful. If biting is sensed, it is more of a bothersome sensation, something going on but not a sharp pain. Possibly more sensation if the stylets are closer to a nerve ending and that explains reason for feeling the feeding in the first place when most times I don't notice the feeding at all?
Lou - I have to ask - when you take these "exposed" pictures like this, rather than feeding the colonies in the jar, how do you make sure none of them get away from you and wander off? That's a lot of bugs to keep track of.
I've noticed the bits I have gotten, including the one I am looking at now, tend toward veins... ?
And another thing. I thought bb's applied an anaesthetic first?
I keep track of the bugs- that number is not very many and when they are feeding, they don't run off. I collect them when they are just about finished and have not begun to leave. They don't all finish at the same time, so I have time to collect them. Once in while a nymph or adult thin bed bug does not feed and crawls, even when I collect it and bring it back to the starting area. That one goes back in the container quickly!
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