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A culex tarsalis mosquito is examined under a powerful microscop by Grand Forks, N.D. mosquito control lab supervisor Todd Hanson on Thursday Aug. 15, 2012 as its image is displayed on a computer screen in the background. Hanson is looking for a white band on insects proboscis that identifies it as a culex tarsalis.JOHN SETNNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

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And there she is: Public Enemy, magnified to monster size on a computer screen connected to her captor's microscope, her rounded abdomen and the white stripe on her proboscis -- like a gangster's gaudy tattoo -- clearly identifying her.

Culex tarsalis.

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