The time-extended contact of trombiculid larvae with hosts poses a question of its ecological determinants. The phenomenon, which may facilitate the overwintering of larvae in the temperate zone, was previously observed in few parasitengone taxa, but not confirmed for mammal-associated trombiculids. The study aims at tracing the phenology of larvae of Hirsutiella zachvatkini and at verifying the hypothesis of contact with the host, extending beyond the parasitic phase.
Moniuszko, H., & Mąkol, J. (2016). Host-parasite association in trombiculid mites (Actinotrichida: Trombiculidae) of temperate zone - The case of Hirsutiella zachvatkini (Schluger, 1948); Are we dealing with prolonged contact with the host? Parasites and Vectors, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-016-1339-2