Hen flea

Hen flea

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Caption: Hen flea. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hen flea (Ceratophyllus gallinae). This flea is a parasite on dry nesting birds, such as the blue tit and chickens. The head (upper right) is helmet-shaped and the body is laterally flattened, adaptions which allow easy movement through the feathers of the host. The antennae can be withdrawn into grooves on the side of the head. The mandibles with long palps are modified for the blood sucking habit of this insect. Most fleas remain on the host only while feeding. This flea also occupies the nest of the bird. Magnification: x30 at 5x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bird flea, blood sucker, ceratophyllus gallinae, coloured, fauna, hen flea, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, parasite, parasitic, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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