Mite Life Cycle
The female mite lays eggs on the host. The number of eggs varies between species.
The mite's eggs hatch into hexapod larvae. Larvae often only feed on skin cells, not blood at this stage. In some mites the larval stage is the only parasitic stage of their life cycle, for example Trombicula autumnalis. This stage of the mite's life cycle usually lasts around 3-4 days.
The larvae remain dormant for 24 hours and moult into nymphs. There are two nymphal stages recognised. This stage in the mite's life cycle also lasts around 3-4 days.
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Durden, Lance A. (2002). Medical and veterinary entomology (3rd ed.). Academic Press.
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