Taxonomy: Suborder Prostigmata
Animal: Trombicula autumnalis 2 24.jpg
Trombicula autumnalis - harvest trombiculid larval mite. These larva cause an itchy papule - scrub itch. Only the larvae are parasitic, 0.2 mm red or orange covered with hairs. To examine: Measurements are vital for id of parasites. Mount mites directly in Gum Arabic/ glycerine/ chloral hydrate solution or use drop lactophenol blue or chlorlactophenol, ring with nail polish for a temporary mount or semi-permanent mount - use melted jelly and ring with nail polish or permanent mounts immerse in Decon 90 over night, dehydrate with alcohols, clear methyl salicylate and mount canada balsam.
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