This photograph of a deer tick – approximately 2,5 mm long – burrowing its feeding parts into the skin of the photographer’s own leg, was one of the winning images in the Wellcome Image Awards 2014.
Ashley Prytherch took this image after he went for a swim and noticed something black sticking out of his leg that he couldn’t brush off. He photographed the black protrusion using a macro lens in order to take a closer look and see in detail what was sticking out of his leg. This was followed by a trip to the hospital, where it took 20 minutes to remove the tick.
Announced on 11 March 2014, the biennial Wellcome Image Awards recognise the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images acquired by Wellcome Images.
Credit: Ashley Prytherch, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Wellcome Images