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Question How long is the life span of a flea?
30-90 Days (Average).
A drawing of a flea by microscope pioneer Robert Hooke.
, p.334. 1665. Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. With observations and inquiries thereupon
A flea might live a year and a half under ideal conditions. These include the right temperature, food supply, and humidity. Generally speaking, though, an adult flea only lives for 2 or 3 months. Without a host for food, a flea’s life might be as short as a few days. But with ample food supply, the adult flea will often live up to 100 days.
BugGuide: Order Siphonaptera - Fleas
(Iowa State University, Department of Entomology) - includes basic information on fleas and several photographs.
“Fleas” - BBC Radio 4
- BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories program on fleas with links to related clips and articles.
NC State University: General Entomology - Siphonaptera
- The basics on the flea species, behavior, ecology, life history, and management.
University of Florida: Fleas
(Institute of Food and Agriculture Services) - Provides comprehensive information about fleas as well as information about pesticides used in the control of fleas.
Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg Fleas (Siphonaptera)
- A site solely devoted to information about fleas. It contains extensive information about the biology, morphology, distribution, taxonomy, hosts, images, importance, and control of fleas. It also contains a database, references, and links.
External Further Reading
Cole, Joanna. New York, Morrow, 1973. 62 p. (Juvenile)
Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 593 p.
Krasnov, Boris R. Functional and evolutionary ecology of fleas: a model for ecological parasitology.
Lehane, Brendan. London, Murray, 1969. 126 p.
The compleat flea.
Stevens, Kathryn. Chanhassen, MN., Child's World, c.2001. 32 p. (Juvenile)
Fleas. Search Terms