Three-dimensional μCT reconstruction of the muscular system within the left half of the thorax of a female malaria mosquito, as also shown in Fig. 6. The indirect flight power muscles consist of the dorso-ventral muscles (in light blue) and the dorso-longitudinal muscles (in dank blue). The leg muscles that mostly power push-off are the extracoxal depressor muscles of the trochanter of the front, middle and hind leg (in yellow). Surrounding material that was stained but did not belong to the segmented muscles was visualized in transparent grey.