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Your insect is probably a flea

A flea

Order: Siphonaptera
Body length: 1 - 8mm
Species: World - 2300, UK - 57

Fleas are parasites living on mammals and birds. Their mouth parts are adapted to pierce skin and suck blood from their host animal.

Fleas are great jumpers. Cat fleas can high-jump around 200 times their own body length - about 30 centimetres!

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