December 7, 2022

DEC 7, ecto-parasites: order of fleas


Siphonaptera, order of fleas:

Species? Twenty-five hundred of these.

Each selects its key host,

Feeds and breeds, then can boast,

"We bring itch, infestation, disease."

Ectoparasites, sure to displease.

 Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022

Authors' Note: The fleas, wingless blood-sucking hopping insects, infest and make miserable a variety of warm-blooded host species including most famously man and dog. In America, the vast majority of infestations of domestic pests involve the cat fleaCtenophalides felis.

You can review Giorgio's other verses about pesty and occasionally beneficial insects, as  collected in 'Buzzwords: Verses about Insects' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

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