Publication Date: July 2005
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The boy listens.
The girl is getting closer.
Suddenly, there's another sound.
A droning buzz.
Something else is looking for the boy.
The seeker is a mosquito, Culex pipiens, and her search is a matter of life and death. She must find food—blood—to nourish the hundreds of tiny eggs inside her body.
Black-and-white photographs show the children's game of hide-and-seek, while astonishing micrographs show Culex and her world as seen through an electron microscope. Zoom in for a close-up view: A blade of grass looks like a menacing field of spines. A mosquito's eye becomes a bundle of tightly packed tubes.
Discover the life story of a mosquito from a truly larger-than-life point of view.
Dennis Kunkel, Ph.D., is a microscopist and an award-winning photographer whose images have appeared in media throughout the world. He lives with his wife on windward Oahu in Hawaii.