Determining the Identity of the Facehugger Mites On My Ants

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I discovered these giant creatures on the faces of my pet carpenter ants, named the Woodland Warriors, and I had to find out whether these beasts were ant friends or foes. They appeared to be a type of facehugger mite, but I wasn't sure if they were beneficial mites or parasitic mites to the ants. So I isolated a mite and sent macro photos and video to mite biologists to identify. In the end, I couldn't believe what was revealed. I learned so much about acarology (the study of mites) this week! Hope you enjoy this week's episode. Ant love forever! This video was shot in 4K Ultra HD resolution.

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  1. AntsCanada
    4 maanden geleden

    AC Family, thank you all for watching! If you enjoyed this episode, hope you could remember to LIKE, SHARE, & SUBSCRIBE (hit the BELL and 'SELECT ALL' for Notifications Squad) as it would help a lot! Ant love forever! So QUESTION: What should we do with the mites?

    1. Chee Sing Thong
      Chee Sing Thong
      16 dagen geleden

      Not really

    2. Anonymous person
      Anonymous person
      Maand geleden


    3. Faythe
      2 maanden geleden

      I'm so late ...I so hope you removed them..the poor ants look so uncomfortable 😕

    4. Gaming gator
      Gaming gator
      3 maanden geleden

      Keep them perhaps.

    5. Meme Cat
      Meme Cat
      4 maanden geleden

      Leave them but keep their population under control. Too many, and knock some off. Sorta like that.

  2. Tenebris
    3 dagen geleden

    Wait. Sticky fingers mite? BRO IS THAT A JOJO REFERENCE?!?

    5 dagen geleden

    remove it

  4. nooblike 1234
    nooblike 1234
    5 dagen geleden

    The stream cinthuger

  5. dannooooooo
    9 dagen geleden

    me in 2021: worried im going to lose my business due to covid 19 closures and sales dropping to 10% of what they were 2 years ago. AC in 2021: worried about mites on his ants im doin it wrong

  6. Lailou12Gaming
    10 dagen geleden

    First song is from zeruel82mk2 lol

  7. 16 dagen geleden

    AntsCanada is famous for finding new species. Huge thanks!

  8. Lexie Knits93
    Lexie Knits93
    16 dagen geleden

    It is also possible the mites lay their eggs on the ellettes in the nest and when the new Queen finally has a working generation the eggs hatch. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  9. G pro965
    G pro965
    17 dagen geleden

    Mite colony

  10. BrandonHunter10
    18 dagen geleden

    it should just be facehugger mite

  11. Richard Veliz
    Richard Veliz
    18 dagen geleden

    I never thought you would say: “thank goodness for my 4k camera macro capabilities”

  12. Birdwatcher Pat
    Birdwatcher Pat
    23 dagen geleden

    When is the new Woodland Warriors episode coming out? It would be nice if answered.

  13. LU
    23 dagen geleden

    I’m truly interested is this saga! I say keep them for now as this has been a great opportunity to farther study the habits of these mites in a controlled environment. We may even find better ways to exterminate them if that time comes. Luckily carpenter ants aren’t rare so this could be a great teaching lesson on how to run a scientific experiment. 💯👍

  14. Rooba Moses
    Rooba Moses
    24 dagen geleden

    I think you should remove the mites cause if its stealing food day by day it could kill all the ants from lack of food its better to be safe than sorry

  15. Paula Pope
    Paula Pope
    25 dagen geleden

    So, if these mites only steal food during transfer, what would your explanation be for the repletes that died???

  16. Risa Agustin
    Risa Agustin
    Maand geleden


  17. Risa Agustin
    Risa Agustin
    Maand geleden


  18. KalenG2004
    Maand geleden

    Really reminds me of the head crab or Half-life

  19. Destin Shepard
    Destin Shepard
    Maand geleden

    They are dating the food

  20. Destin Shepard
    Destin Shepard
    Maand geleden

    Kill the mites they was the cause of the death

  21. Susan Scovill
    Susan Scovill
    Maand geleden

    I’d remove the mites anyway. Any food they eat literally comes out of the mouth of the colony. Cheers from Vancouver eh!

  22. SA GAMER
    Maand geleden

    I think that you should remove the mites because In that way more food was transferred between ant and ant

  23. Coffee Fox
    Coffee Fox
    Maand geleden

    All facehugger mites must die.

  24. Synneaa
    Maand geleden

    Why arent you giving us an update about this?

  25. RainboRoad
    Maand geleden

    Sticky fingers mite is a jojo reference so I will gladly take that one

  26. Eva Leitch
    Eva Leitch
    Maand geleden

    Remove the mites, it takes away food

  27. Big cheese
    Big cheese
    Maand geleden

    Maybe the mites got in while youre feeding them

  28. Ideias Heterodoxas
    Ideias Heterodoxas
    Maand geleden

    It looks weird how those mites looks "cloacked" to the ants. How can they don't detect something right at the read? They doesn't have tact?

  29. RoboticBroGaming
    Maand geleden

    When you have arachnophobia and watch all those scenes with spiders in the middle of the night. I'm freaking terrified that there's a spider in my room now.

  30. Ants vietnam
    Ants vietnam
    Maand geleden

    Remove them or else your ant will die!

  31. Vishal Hegde
    Vishal Hegde
    Maand geleden

    What should have been a 2 min video is a 20 min one.

  32. It’s risk
    It’s risk
    Maand geleden

    Think you should keep it because that could be biggest discovery

  33. Ati Wierzbanowski
    Ati Wierzbanowski
    Maand geleden

    Remove half of them (remove at least the one from the queen).

  34. jjbinderr
    Maand geleden

    Normally, I love your videos as they're so full of information. I just couldn't find the answer that we've been looking for in this video

  35. jjbinderr
    Maand geleden

    Sorry... after all that chatter, what was the decision? Did you send them to the scientist? Are you going to remove them?

  36. Bruh
    Maand geleden

    The scientific name should be KleptoCana

  37. gettogirl105
    Maand geleden

    So… are the ants good?

  38. volcanic gamer
    volcanic gamer
    Maand geleden

    When is the next episode

  39. Oscar Marfori
    Oscar Marfori
    Maand geleden

    Nothing will be more satisfying than seeing that facehugger mites being extracted

  40. Alex Dalgård
    Alex Dalgård
    Maand geleden

    I hope you got rid of them. The might evolve to pierce the atm troath and feed at some point if they are new spieces.

  41. sposso97
    Maand geleden

    Just wondering if there has been any updates of this specific colony

  42. Shaun Anderson
    Shaun Anderson
    Maand geleden

    This seems like it would be super obnoxious to the ants. Are you sure you shouldn't still remove them? Hanging on their neck all day?

  43. Lover Bunny
    Lover Bunny
    Maand geleden

    you never considered the mites came from bug parts you used to feed the ants?^^

  44. Jenn Susie
    Jenn Susie
    Maand geleden

    Was there no response yet?

  45. Jennifer Maria Brocco
    Jennifer Maria Brocco
    2 maanden geleden

    Facehuggers!! Great name!

  46. Jennifer Maria Brocco
    Jennifer Maria Brocco
    2 maanden geleden

    Good luck!!! Can't wait to find out what these mites are!

  47. Motorrading Around
    Motorrading Around
    2 maanden geleden

    Did we ever get an answer to what species of mites these are?

  48. Motorrading Around
    Motorrading Around
    2 maanden geleden

    It looks so much like a tick on the bottom

  49. sebby
    2 maanden geleden

    at 14:30 the largest white spot on the queen, on the section of her body closest to the head (during the footage from the very beginning of the colony) looks like a spot of moisture, but it almost seems like it has legs sticking out in a similar pattern to the mites. if you watch it in .25x speed it almost looks like its moving its legs. idk.

  50. Kick Lintonoc
    Kick Lintonoc
    2 maanden geleden

    Ac: did to the bottem over things **shows bottem of container**

  51. jaxtraw
    2 maanden geleden

    I had this problem. Eventually a friend took me aside and told me I had a gigantic mite attached to my chin.

  52. Sonder
    2 maanden geleden

    Does anyone have an update on what the result were from the lab?

  53. Nathan L
    Nathan L
    2 maanden geleden

    Any update on the mites?

  54. Thomas Alègre de la Soujeole
    Thomas Alègre de la Soujeole
    2 maanden geleden

    These mite look like ticks aktshully 🤢

  55. TheFurret
    2 maanden geleden

    Now I can't really sleep lol

  56. DJ Boise
    DJ Boise
    2 maanden geleden

    Woodland Acfamilius

  57. Pawri
    2 maanden geleden

    Remove them .......🥺🥺

  58. Oskar Knaven
    Oskar Knaven
    2 maanden geleden

    Is hier iemand nederlands?

  59. Ricardobr14
    2 maanden geleden

    My Ants Have An Undiscovered Mite That Can Wipe All Of Them Out How Cool Is That! Can I Name Them?

  60. Ratna Devi
    Ratna Devi
    2 maanden geleden

    Remove the mites

  61. krusnik68
    2 maanden geleden

    So what happened with this colony and the mites?

    1. Lil Guts
      Lil Guts
      2 maanden geleden

      Idk maybe they all die

  62. Nocthe Medic
    Nocthe Medic
    2 maanden geleden

    Any word on the mites?

  63. TClutch T
    TClutch T
    2 maanden geleden


  64. sams insect lab
    sams insect lab
    2 maanden geleden

    update on the carpenter ants

  65. Shane White
    Shane White
    2 maanden geleden

    Is it not possible the face hugger could have possibly been on the worm they didn’t like or the roach head the food came from an outside source and is this not the most plausible?

  66. I Sea Anemone 7007
    I Sea Anemone 7007
    2 maanden geleden

    Why do we see ants still moving when they’re ‘dead’ ?

  67. Logan Kelley
    Logan Kelley
    2 maanden geleden

    The crossover ants vs alien!

  68. Funtimegaming 1987
    Funtimegaming 1987
    2 maanden geleden

    12:07 is that a jojo reference

  69. Bellron
    2 maanden geleden

    What is the name of the song in the first minute of the video?

  70. Jahzirr
    2 maanden geleden

    Okay, so I went to check your newer videos (only by titles) but didn't see anything about this colony or the mites since this video got out. I would love to know the continuation of this story

  71. dagon the blue dragon
    dagon the blue dragon
    2 maanden geleden

    Why didn't you feed the male a sweet then put it on if you do that ants won't sting

  72. RandomYoutuber
    2 maanden geleden

    It reminds me of the half life head crabs

  73. WorthySoul
    2 maanden geleden

    I think keep them in. It could be a new species and if they merely steal a bit of food, as long as there is an abundance of food they won’t cause any significant trouble to ants. Only remove them if they start to cause more problems.

  74. Josh Snell
    Josh Snell
    2 maanden geleden

    Can’t wait to hear about the responses when it finally gets to America

  75. ChurpySnyther
    2 maanden geleden

    So what happend to the next video?

  76. Keyaan
    2 maanden geleden

    Keep them, unless your ants start dying off. this might be the only time anyone will document them.

  77. Nathan Goh
    Nathan Goh
    2 maanden geleden

    Keep them

  78. asel
    2 maanden geleden

    The mites at 8:04 look like headcrabs from half life

  79. Yung Euro
    Yung Euro
    2 maanden geleden

    Wats the updates on these bro

    2 maanden geleden

    I was very shocked when you putted the tooth pick beside it because the end part of the tooth pick is very very very VERY small

  81. Shane Schooner
    Shane Schooner
    2 maanden geleden

    Whats the next video on this? I want to know more

  82. Oscar Baro
    Oscar Baro
    2 maanden geleden

    Get them all out

  83. Oscar Baro
    Oscar Baro
    2 maanden geleden

    😟i might be right

  84. Hat Bird
    Hat Bird
    2 maanden geleden

    The Flood-

  85. Epic_lol
    2 maanden geleden

    Mitus deletus

  86. bruh aka bacon boy
    bruh aka bacon boy
    2 maanden geleden

    Stealmite hungryus

    1. bruh aka bacon boy
      bruh aka bacon boy
      2 maanden geleden

      My name idea

  87. Punished_
    2 maanden geleden

    They look more like Headcrabs from Half-Life.

  88. Gabe Ortego
    Gabe Ortego
    2 maanden geleden

    Isolation then use a test colony to obeserve the mites

  89. AnimeKitty
    2 maanden geleden

    ac facehugger 100%

  90. Ryker Eve
    Ryker Eve
    2 maanden geleden

    When a 4k micro is not enough and still need to bring it in.

  91. masked magee
    masked magee
    2 maanden geleden

    u discovered a new mite not cured the common cold or cancer you haven't furthered science you discovered a mite im not hating just saying your stretching the truth a bit

    1. Virginia SantiagoFox
      Virginia SantiagoFox
      2 maanden geleden

      When did he stretch the truth he just was excited

    2. asel
      2 maanden geleden

      When did he stretch the truth?

  92. Person
    2 maanden geleden

    gordon get the crowbar!

  93. Mogus Man
    Mogus Man
    2 maanden geleden

    seeing mites make me want to curl into a ball

  94. Gregory Haynes
    Gregory Haynes
    2 maanden geleden

    The male ant may have died due to bleeding out from when it was extracted from the test tube or from the mites

  95. Jay Chimpanski
    Jay Chimpanski
    2 maanden geleden

    Any follow-up on the mites?

  96. Abbie Normals
    Abbie Normals
    2 maanden geleden

    Any update on the ants and facehuggers yet? Also, you might find a smaller pair of tweezers if you look for some ingrown hair tweezers. I have a pair that are really sharp and could grip onto a tiny mite like that, I think.

  97. bridges stevenson
    bridges stevenson
    2 maanden geleden

    Could it be that the mites came in with something that you fed them

  98. Bananasuar
    2 maanden geleden


  99. Slitch
    2 maanden geleden

    Exterminate cause mites look disgusting but damn ants are cute close up

  100. MoonKittyGamer09
    2 maanden geleden

    Get rid Of EVER LAST ONE