Sunday, March 10, 2013

Case of the Week 249

Only 1 more week until we get to case 250! We're almost also at our 6-year anniversary.  My first post was on March 25, 2007. Time flies...  I'm still accepting suggestions if you have a special parasite that you would like to see for Case 250.

Now on to this week's case - another donation by Florida Fan with a story to go with it:

"While checking the air conditioner outside a rental property for a friend, we were swarmed with these (insert identification here). While they barely measured 2mm in length, they had no difficulty jumping up to our knees and at least an inch or two higher. The blood meal is still evident in the abdomen."





10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fleas!!!

Malassezia said...

Ctenocephalides sp. Pretty prominent pronotal and genal combs.

Eagleville said...

"Jumpin' Jehosaphat!
It's a flea"
Sez me.

Anonymous said...

A flea, indeed. I learned from my reading years ago about this highly evolved insect, that it can generate more thrust per mass than the Space Shuttle.

Anonymous said...

Flea, I do not have a key for speciation!

Lee

Anonymous said...

Catflea, look at the tibia

Mr&MrsFritzen said...

Ctenocephilides!

Anonymous said...

A kind soul shared these two websites with me..(Still can't figure out how they knew it was me!) Anyway, here they are:

http://www.insectexpertphd.com/fleas.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/Docs/Pictorial_Keys/Fleas.pdf

So my answer now is: Ctenocephalides felis...Cat Flea

Lee

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