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To answer the question what do lice look like, it is best to show pictures of examples. The lice that most commonly affect humans are the head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis), body louse (Pediculus humanus corporis) and pubic louse (Phthirus pubis), all of which are pictured below. These species of lice look a lot like each other, although their characteristics differ slightly. For more information on other types of louse please visit our homepage and click on the relevant links.

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What Does Lice Look Like?

What does lice look like?
There are over 3000 species of lice and some of them have wings (such as the book like), whereas the majority are wingless. There are also sea lice which are copepods that live in the sea and look completely different to other species. Colours differ depending on specie, age and if they have eaten (had a blood meal). The lice that affect humans are so small that it is very difficult to see what they look like with the naked eye. When looking for lice in the hair and on the body, it is often necessary to use a magnified glass for assistance.

What do hair lice look like?
Head, body and pubic (crab) lice all have three stages to their lifecycle: egg (or nit), nymph and adulthood. They will look different depending on which stage they are at, the female adults are generally slightly bigger than the males (although you may not be able to tell without a microscope) and they have the ability to crawl/scurry on the skin and through hair. The feeling of lice for some people is one of a tickling sensation, yet their bites may cause discomfort and irritability.

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What do Lice Eggs look like?
Lice eggs (also known as 'nits') can be mistaken for tiny bits of dandruff or flaky skin on the scalp and stuck to hair shafts (usually around the base, millimetres from the scalp). These eggs range from 0.3 to 0.8 mm, are oval shaped and can be white, yellow or brown. There are three types of eggs: live eggs, dead eggs and hatched eggs. The live eggs (still carrying an embryo) will be oval shaped and brown, hatched eggs will usually be oval shaped but with the top (operculum) missing, where the eggs have broken out and white or yellow. Dead eggs are normally brown and will appear collapsed at the sides (deflated). To check if the eggs are alive or not pinch them with the finger tips - if they pop, then they are likely to have been alive. Nymphs look like adults but are just a bit smaller. They have no wings, already have six legs and claws at the ends of each leg will allow them to cling on to hairs. Nymphs go through three moults before they reach adulthood, and each time they leave a discarded shell behind. Adult lice cannot fly or jump, they have six legs and the male's front two legs are bigger than the females. These are to cling on to the female during copulation.

What do lice look like Pictures?
Please take a look around our website to learn more about lice and to see additional pictures that may be of interest. If you have pictures of lice that you think would benefit the site, please send them through to the webmaster and we'll have them added. If you think you have lice, you should have a thorough examination and if confirmed, treatment and remedies should be sought as soon as possible. Lice can transfer from one person to another through close body to body contact, so if you are infested keep away from others until you have applied the relevant treatment.

Thousands of people search to find out about what lice look like and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, including this article on, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by these tiny insects and we hope you have located the treatment that you like, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. You should look for the treatments and remedies that you like quickly, and if you have pubic-lice you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread to (or infect) others.

What Do Lice Look Like?

Lice What Does it Look Like?

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