21156A

21156A
Caption: Chicken (poultry) louse (Menopon gallinae). The chicken body louse is wingless and flattened. They have two sharp claws that they use to scratch the surface of the chicken for food. They occur wherever poultry hosts can be found. This chewing louse feeds on skin fragments, feathers and debris and causes the host's skin to be irritated, red, and scabby. As a result, infested birds lose weight and layers decrease egg production. Extremely heavy infestations can kill poultry.
Magnification*: x10
Type: SEM
Copyright 2002 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Keywords: 21156A,11.01.02,chewing louse,chicken body louse,chicken louse,insect,insect pest,insects,invertebrate,invertebrates,lice,louse,Menopon gallinae,poultry louse,SEM