This 2006 image depicted a female Aedes aegypti
mosquito as she was completing the activity of obtaining a blood-meal from a human host through the fascicle of her feeding organ known as the proboscis. Note the droplet of host blood remaining on the tip of her proboscis after shed extracted the feeding organ from the skin surface. In this case, what would normally be an unsuspecting host was actually the CDCs biomedical photographers own hand, which hed offered to the hungry mosquito so that shed alight, and be photographed while feeding. As it filled with blood, the abdomen became distended, stretching the exterior exoskeletal surface, thereby, causing it to become transparent, allowing the collecting blood to become visible as an enlarging intra-abdominal red mass.