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Head louse - Pediculus humanus

Head louse - Pediculus humanus
Massachusetts, USA
October 17, 2009

Do we want to know...
Do we want to know how you came by the specimen? LOL! Nowhere close to my lab in Holdsworth I presume....:-)

 
No one you know...
Promised I wouldn't tell! The head was visiting from 30+ miles away, which is why I didn't record a more specific location.

 
no problem around here in Maplewood NJ
a few years ago i was stunned to learn from a TV commercial that anti-lice products are as high-demand as ever. then my kid brought a headfull from school -- and this is a high-income neighborhood, mind you...
apparently, these made a huge comeback after decades of adapting to the enhanced human hygiene

 
High-living lice
My son in San Marino, CA - another tony spot - has been plagued with the same problem. My wife, who taught in a low-income area, contends that the lice prefer squeakly clean hair. So =v=, encourage your kid to play in the dirt and to avoid lather, rinse, repeat instructions on shampoo bottles.

 
now this is the advice he'd follow eagerly!
thanks, Ron!

haven't seen one on BG since i joined! how refreshing!
it's a shame we don't have a louse aficionado around: the Phthiraptera section as a whole needs a boost

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