On this map you see where there were observations of Fleas around the world. This will give you an idea of the global distribution of this class. Note that a class can have many different families, and thousands of species.
Years 2000 until now, source: GBIF
The insect class Siphonaptera, commonly known as fleas, consists of approximately 2,500 known species. These small, wingless insects are characterized by their laterally compressed bodies, strong hind legs adapted for jumping, and specialized mouthparts designed for piercing skin and sucking blood. Siphonaptera is divided into several families, including Pulicidae (human fleas and related species) and Ceratophyllidae (rat fleas and related species).
Fleas can be found around the world and typically inhabit a variety of environments, including forests, grasslands, and urban areas, where they can be found on their mammalian or avian hosts.
The life cycle of Siphonaptera insects consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Female Siphonaptera lay their eggs on or near their host, depending on the species. Upon hatching, the larvae feed on organic materials, such as adult flea feces and debris. Siphonaptera larvae undergo several molts as they grow, and once they reach their final larval stage, they spin a cocoon and pupate. Adult Siphonaptera insects emerge from the cocoon and seek out a host to feed on.
Siphonaptera insects, due to their small size, wingless nature, and parasitic lifestyle, are not typically relevant to fly fishing. Fleas feed on the blood of their mammalian or avian hosts and are not part of the diet of most fish. Furthermore, Siphonaptera insects are not known to be a significant food source for any fish, as their wingless bodies and preference for terrestrial hosts make it unlikely for them to end up in the water.
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