Head lice
Pediculus humanus capitis, parasitic insects found on the heads of people. Head lice are most commonly found on the scalp behind the ears, and near the neckline at the back of the neck. Head lice hold on to hair with hook-like claws at the end of each of their six legs. Head lice are rarely found on the body, eyelashes, or eyebrows. These insects lay their sticky, white eggs on the hair shaft close to the root, while hatched lice stay

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