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head louse lice

Pediculus humanus capitis

Description:

A group of three small bugs, between 1mm and 3mm in length, extracted from the hair of a 15 year old girl living in a small village.

Habitat:

Small village on outskirts of Bandung. Altitude 1017m.

Notes:

Head lice in these small, tight knit communities is a tedious problem, requiring daily social grooming. Particularly affected are women and young girls, primarily due to long hair which the bug favors, and close social contact, not exhibited so much by the men and boys.

It is a common occurrence and as such, there is no embarrassment or Admonishment. The problem is simply accepted and dealt with, mainly with the fine toothed comb.

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1 Comment

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 5 years ago

Such is the extent of the shame. But this is real life, and I would suspect that very few could claim that they have never experienced this bug or the human flea.

Quite a formidable looking creature when you get up close.

Dave

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Well almost the only one in PN. Great photo Dave.

Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Lat: -6.85, Long: 107.61

Spotted on Jan 7, 2014
Submitted on Feb 5, 2014

Reference

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