Through the microscope

Kim Chi’s fleas

We have a new kitten! We weren’t expecting to get a new kitten just yet but a friend called saying a kitten needed a home. Who can resist?

Our cat, Mushroom died last year so we had a vacancy. We like to be a two cat household. Kim Chi the kitten is very keen to play with Onion our ginger male although Onion is a bit frightened of her at the moment.

Kim Chi brought some house guests with her – fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) I thought I’d take some photos of a flea before they are exterminated. Quite interesting really. What looks like a large blood vessel is actually the trachea. Fleas breathe through spiracles (little holes in their bodies) and the trachea helps move the air around their nasty parasitic bodies.

I shall try and find some larvae tomorrow.

Pictures were taken on a Vickers M4000 at 40X and 80X magnification.

Click to enlarge.

ENJOY!

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Comments on: "Kim Chi’s fleas" (2)

  1. Aww, a tortie baby! My first cat was one, and I’ll be fond of them forever.

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