Virtual Microscope


  • Insect: Three part body (head/thorax /abdomen) and 6 legs
  • Hunched and densely hairy thorax
  • short, "cigar-shaped" antennae
  • Short mouthparts, only penetrate the upper layers of the skin ("pool feeder") 
  • Wings
  • Complete metamorphosis (holometabole development)
  • Strongly developed radial veins
  • Dusk and night activity

•Medical significance: 

  • Onchocerciasis / "River blindness" (Oncocerca volvulus)

Eggs, larvae, and pupae

•Eggs, larvae, pupae mainly in the water, but they require atmospheric air for breathing

•Development connected to water