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Needle-like structure inserts painlessly: mosquito

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Ochlerotatus notoscriptus / Noodle snack.. / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

The proboscis of the mosquito inserts painlessly because the jagged edge of the proboscis leaves only small points in contact.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"In mosquitoes the proboscis is a marvelously intricate structure…consisting of six different stylets, each adapted for a particular purpose--for making the primary incision, inserting anti-coagulant and digestive enzymes contained in the insect's saliva and, finally, withdrawing the blood itself. All the stylets are secreted within a protective sheath formed by the labium or lower lip, which, during blood extraction, is slid up out of the way into a loop form." (Wootton 1984:72)
About the inspiring organism
Med_800pxmosquito_tasmania Culicidae
Culicidae

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


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Application Ideas: Painless drug delivery by injection.

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References
Wootton, A. 1984. Insects of the World. Blandford. 224 p.
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