Feb 29, 2008
Theme: Leap (Seeing as how it's Leap Day and all...)

the amazing flea!

Koh-I-Noor pens, Prismacolor pencils and Tombow ABT brush markers

The Flea is the most powerful leaper in the Animal Kingdom.  It may be tiny, but its muscular back legs give the flea a prodigious leaping capacity.  The average flea (there are over 2,000 species) can leap vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to a foot.  When you bear in mind that the body of a flea is generally between 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch (about 1.5 to 3 mm) their leaping ability becomes apparent.  For a human to do the same, you would have to be able to leap from the ground to the top of a thirty-story building, or be able to do a standing broad jump that would take you over 500 feet away! 

So the next time you encounter a flea, be impressed with this tiny creature.  Then deal with it appropriately.  It is, after all, a blood-sucking parasite that can easily spread disease, like they did in Europe during the middle ages. 

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Message from Laurel:

Thank goodness for all the new flea products on the market! This would be a tough guy to get rid of.
Nice drawing!

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