New Video: My Ants Have Actual “Facehugger” Mites

Greetings Ant Lovers,

My ants have ‘Facehugger’ mites! The future was looking hopeful for my new young ant colony of carpenter ants, named the Woodland Warriors, which had lots of young and a healthy-looking queen ant laying eggs. However, all that changed when I spotted a huge mite on the underside of the workers’ heads. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, and tried to assess whether the scary-looking had a symbiotic relationship with the ants. I consulted some mite experts and learned a few things about them over this past week. Let me know what you guys think we should do.