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Fecundity and longevity of the adult cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)



Fecundity and longevity of the adult cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)



Journal of Medical Entomology 216: 727-731



The fecundity and lifespan of Ctenocephalides felis felis was studied in California by confining adult fleas in microcells compressed to the necks of cats. Oviposition began 2 days after the 1st blood-meal and reached a peak by the 4th day. Generally only half the ovarioles contained mature oocytes. A daily average of 13.5 eggs/female was obtained from 10 individual females, with a maximum of 22.3 eggs in a day. Total egg production of a single flea averaged 158.4, with a maximum of 432.

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DOI: 10.1093/jmedent/21.6.727


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