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.
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.
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.
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.
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.