Prune mite

( Latin: Carpoglyphus lactis)

This is very similar to the flour mite and it also has pinkish legs, but it can be distinguished, amongst other things, by the fact that its body is not divided into two by a transverse line. These mites live mainly in dried fruit, and sometimes in jam.

People who work with mite-infested goods may suffer from an eczema-like condition because they become sensitive to the mites and to their moulted skins and faeces. Prune mites are particularly likely to produce this type of condition, often known as grocer’s itch, but flour mites may also be responsible.