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AndrewC



Joined: 14 Feb 2008
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Location: Belgium

PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:07 am    Post subject: Mosquito eye Reply with quote

Probably a female Culiseta annulata

First outing for my new M-Plan 20x, 250 slices at 3um steps

The thing is, have I done something horrible to it's head or should it look like this ? The subject was scooped off the ceiling and killed with ethyl acetate.

I'll collect another one tonight if they are around and stack that for comparison.





Edit: hmmm, I think this is a "mossie meets pillow and loses" picture - I'm just stacking the other side side of the head and you can see the damage there, I think its whole lower face has been collapsed in and backwards. When I collected it ,I smacked it off the ceiling with a pillow to kill it, it seemed relatively undamaged at the time, just stunned, so it got collected. Next time I'll be more careful ...
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Planapo



Joined: 07 Nov 2006
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Location: Germany, in the United States of Europe

PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I smacked it off the ceiling with a pillow to kill it


No wonder that this "mossie" looks like having had an accident. That's no state-of-the-art way for specimen collection, is it? Smile

Your newest acquisition seems to work flawlessly, though.

--Betty
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Harold Gough



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:36 am    Post subject: Re: Mosquito eye Reply with quote

AndrewC wrote:

I smacked it off the ceiling with a pillow

You could refine your collecting equipment by using a duck-down pillow! Laughing

Harold
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