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CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 10)

June 14, 2010
CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 10) Frog Mosquito Uranotaenia sapphirina and gnats on the back of a Bufo typhonius frog, Guyana. This tiny mosquito has a wingspan of only 2.5 to 2.7 millimeters. They have colorful iridescent blue scales on parts of their head and proboscis. Larvae occur in permanent pools and ponds, lakes and swamps that contain emergent or floating vegetation exposed to sunlight. It is commonly thought that this species feeds on reptiles and frogs, not on humans. This image was taken as part of research centered at CEIBA Biological Center, Inc. in Guyana, by Dr. Godfrey Bourne of the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Dr. Bourne is currently program director of the Behavioral Systems Cluster, Division of Integrative Organismal Biology at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bourne is personally involved in administrating CEIBA Biological Center Inc., as a nonprofit research, education and conservation field station in Guyana. Research opportunities for postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students are available in Guyana on a diversity of organisms. This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. [One of several related images. See Next Image.] (Date of Image: 2004-2006)