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What the Heck Is This?

This image is a real close up. And it's been colorized by scientists.

Can you guess what it is?

Read on to find out, and see the full version …

It's the mouth of a bedbug. Bedbug populations have grown like crazy in recent years. Their bites leave itchy rashes.

Check out another more natural-looking close-up bedbug image and our very cool bedbug infographic.

(Image credit: CDC/ Janice Haney Carr)

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Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.