Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

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About one-six­teenth of an inch long

In­cred­i­bly, there are more than 2,000 species of this wing­less, blood-suck­ing in­sect in the world, many of which are tied to a spe­cific host, such as cats and dogs. The best jumpers in the an­i­mal kingdom—a hu­man would have to jump 295ft long and 160ft high to match their agility—fleas breed pro­lif­i­cally and quickly cause in­fes­ta­tions. In­deed, the fleas from the black rat are be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for spread­ing the bubonic plague (Black Death).

Si­mon Lester

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