The Flea that Jumped Over the Moon

Some say a cow jumped over the moon.

I, on the other hand, find that if squinting hard enough, a species of the Order Siphonaptera can be seen.  The Black Death, or rather Yersinia pestis, conquered the world at one point, so why not the moon?  It’s faithful vector, Xenopsylla cheopis, also known as the rat flea, can be seen here traversing the celestial bodies, much more gracefully than a half-ton milk producing machine ever could.

Photo taken by aflorin8 in a parasitology lab, enjoy.


About aflorin8

Simply a friend, biologist, photographer, avid reader, volleyball nut, humanitarian, and man.


  1. After looking at that, I don’t think I’m going to tape this over the cow in Goodnight Moon just yet!

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