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Eyelash mites in skin, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Eyelash mites (Demodex folliculorum, blue) are harmless parasites that infest follicles (cavities in the skin which contain the roots of hairs) around the eyelids, nose and in the ear canals of humans.. Magnification: x290 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
SEM of follicle or eyelash mites (grey) protruding from a dissected human hair follicle. These harmless parasites infest hair follicles around the eyelids, nose and in the ear canals of humans. One follicle may contain up to 25 growing mites. They feed on oily secretions from the skin's sebaceous glands and dead skin cells. ©Andrew Syred/Science Source #scienceimages #micrograph