finding of the chigger mite Blankaartia acuscutellaris (Acari
Trombiculidae) on a human host in Europe
G. Ripka and
Belgian Journal of
Entomology, 8 (2): 147-151 (2006).
S U M M A R Y
A report on the finding of the chigger mite
species Blankaartia acuscutellaris (Walch, 1922) on
a human in Hungary is presented. The species is a new record for the
Hungarian fauna and is for the first time reported from a human in
Europe. The feeding mites were found on the scalp and scrotum of an
approximately ten year old boy after his visit to the reedy margin of
the Lake Velence. Four of the 9 chigger specimens studied were
distinctly engorged and two of them had developed stylostomes,
indicating successful feeding.