Might be Mites

Back near the end of October I had the occasion to split some firewood, and ran across some ants within one of the logs I split.

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I am not an ant expert, but I think that the species is Camponotus pennsylvanicus, the eastern black carpenter ant.  The white things are larva being tended (on an emergency basis because I destroyed their home) by workers.

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There were a number of winged individuals.  I am not sure whether they were males or females, but I think they were males–females seem to have a wider head.

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Some individuals had some little red things on them.  They sort of look like mites, but I am not entirely sure that is what they are.  It is just that I can’t think of what else they could be.

I have seen mites on other insects, and they are not too uncommon, but I could not find anything on the internet about mites infesting carpenter ants.

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I had several photos, but I was not able to find any clear enough to see legs or any other features to prove what they are.

 

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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