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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.

Todd Hanson seems almost to admire the intricacy of the mosquito's predatory form as he examines her at the city's mosquito control lab, where he is supervisor.

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