Determining the Identity of the Facehugger Mites On My Ants

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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  • AntsCanada
    AntsCanadaVor Monat

    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?

  • Kevin Svetlev

    Kevin Svetlev

    Vor 7 Tage

    Keep them perhaps.

  • Meme Cat

    Meme Cat

    Vor 29 Tage

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

  • Kriss


    Vor Monat

    Mitetheifus Acfamilius

  • Marty G

    Marty G

    Vor Monat

    Honestly, I can't believe anyone thinks it's a good idea to leave any of the mites on the ants. If you truly care about the comfort, well being, and, well, happiness of the ants, then you wouldn't want ANYTHING crawling over them that you don't positively know are beneficial to them. Not as bad for them is still bad for them. If someone did this with their pet dog, cat, bird, snake, you would rightfully call them out for animal abuse. Its no different with pet ants.

  • Rick Ashley

    Rick Ashley

    Vor Monat


    JOEQUES ISAAC MoeVor 5 Minuten

    Name it "XenoMorph XX121" IF You Want :>

  • america roleplayer
    america roleplayerVor 33 Minuten

    I think the colony is too new to risk it. Plus itd be difficult to keep the level low.

  • emily Goodreau
    emily GoodreauVor 44 Minuten

    The real question here is how the heck do you keep up with every colony? Like, do you have sticky notes? Or are you just very good at multitasking? Cuz my mind would have skipped a few cells and forget about some...

  • chris cab
    chris cabVor 3 Stunden

    Holy cow you talk alot

  • Kim Ponger
    Kim PongerVor 8 Stunden

    I thought mites were cool but not this cool

    EXOTIKZVor 13 Stunden

    But if that was the case in the males they wouldn’t be on the legs because how would they steal food from the leg ?

  • Richard Orta
    Richard OrtaVor Tag

    I like Sticky Fingers Pick pocket style... ...sort of.

  • Malcolm Allred
    Malcolm AllredVor Tag

    mites are like the ticks and leas of the ant world

  • Alexito Chacon-Cuellar
    Alexito Chacon-CuellarVor Tag

    Keep them in for now they if they are good they might me good or bad just keep looking for those mites🤨

  • Joe Canadian
    Joe CanadianVor 2 Tage

    If they do feed from the ants throats you could call them Tracheoto-Mites

  • SSneaky And Friends
    SSneaky And FriendsVor 2 Tage

    they are large enough to where if the ants wanted too, the ants could likely snag em.

  • jayteadesigns
    jayteadesignsVor 2 Tage

    What an amazing story and information!

  • Libby Hemp
    Libby HempVor 2 Tage

    Could it have gotten in attached to the worm or roach you put in when they were moving?

  • MrD1ss
    MrD1ssVor 2 Tage

    Anyone know the name of the music at the beginning at arouns the 1 min mark?

  • ItFlames Let's Go PVP
    ItFlames Let's Go PVPVor 2 Tage

    AC having a fun and finding an undiscovered species and other origins and there behaviors

  • the music boy
    the music boyVor 2 Tage

    Separate the mite ants to some where where food water is

  • Henry1021Gamer
    Henry1021GamerVor 3 Tage

    I think it should be called stealing-facehuger-mite

  • Patrick Padilla
    Patrick PadillaVor 3 Tage

    I'm curious do they have some type of chemical resemblance the ants and I'm not considered problem if not why don't the ants just eat them off of each other

  • Dustin Mandell
    Dustin MandellVor 3 Tage

    U should remove them and this should be the name:MiteCanada

  • FluffyZSlımepup lol
    FluffyZSlımepup lolVor 3 Tage


  • MiJi's Stuff
    MiJi's StuffVor 3 Tage

    This reminds me of Pixar's Bugs Life that the Old Queen Ant has a Mite as a Dog Pet all along

  • arjane guevarra
    arjane guevarraVor 4 Tage

    I saw the mites eye look at down of the legs the mites eye is still open

  • Matheus Veiga Matveiga
    Matheus Veiga MatveigaVor 4 Tage

    3:46 , the males passed 10 hours inside the completly closed recipient. Probably they died from sufocating

  • Southwest Snail
    Southwest SnailVor 4 Tage

    Call it the YOINK mite

  • Windows XP
    Windows XPVor 5 Tage

    smells like the black mesa incident

  • riley wilkerson
    riley wilkersonVor 5 Tage

    note watched half through. the jaw things look like a parasitic mites, but i do not fully know since i am not an ant biologist

  • riley wilkerson

    riley wilkerson

    Vor 5 Tage

    also another thing i have a table in my room that looks just like that one in his ant room i did not know that's what it looked like up close

  • Tgm Gamer01
    Tgm Gamer01Vor 5 Tage


  • Danny Morales
    Danny MoralesVor 6 Tage

    I'm not a nerd

  • hi how are you ?
    hi how are you ?Vor 6 Tage

    “This is what they had to say.” *gets a charmin ad*

  • Concreter Block
    Concreter BlockVor 6 Tage

    sent 2 dead one to the scientist, keep the living one, and I personally think, maybe these mite try to reach the goal is "the Queen" for some reason

  • Solared618
    Solared618Vor 6 Tage

    Tiny little half life headcrabs

  • Dice S
    Dice SVor 6 Tage

    I mean would you lea ve your dog infested with fleas just because they might be in discovered? Would you leave your hair infested with lice because it’s undiscovered. It’s still a parasite remove it.

  • unknown
    unknownVor 6 Tage

    Broo i like your videos but just send the goddamn mites dude you are “milking” on the mites, just like the mites

  • Baro Oxide
    Baro OxideVor 7 Tage

    R.I.P. of face huggers species forever

  • Ozil FC
    Ozil FCVor 7 Tage


  • hereboss £
    hereboss £Vor 7 Tage

    Kill them all

  • Ruby Klau
    Ruby KlauVor 7 Tage

    "Ant-face-mite" thats the name i give to those mites

  • Win090949
    Win090949Vor 7 Tage

    Ima call it a Garlic Mite lol

  • reaperwolf94
    reaperwolf94Vor 7 Tage

    that little bug is a tick

  • Sheau Fung Ho
    Sheau Fung HoVor 8 Tage

    AC miye

  • Judith Villescas
    Judith VillescasVor 8 Tage

    facehugger mite

  • Angel De Anda
    Angel De AndaVor 8 Tage

    Dude why do you have so many ads??? Having this many ads just makes watch another channel

  • rosie memes
    rosie memesVor 9 Tage

    I think ive seen a mite outsie

  • Anastasia Baker
    Anastasia BakerVor 9 Tage

    And this is what they had to say: CREST 3D WHITENING STAIN RESISTANCE UP TO 48 HOURS

  • Terry Postletheweight
    Terry PostletheweightVor 9 Tage

    AC Facehugger

  • Michael Overton
    Michael OvertonVor 9 Tage

    A kleptho_mite....

  • Michael Overton
    Michael OvertonVor 9 Tage

    Must luckily be bloodsucking mites.that can soly feed on another living creature(here the chosen feeding agent being a living mite.... The death of the feeding agent(ant) resulting the ultimate death of the mite....

  • Juan Saenz
    Juan SaenzVor 9 Tage

    Mite caught on 4k 📸

  • Scp Fan 101
    Scp Fan 101Vor 9 Tage

    OoO OMG THE MITES GOT THE QUEEN?! You are the best with insects I love how you never give up also what about your water dragons or whatever they are called from 2 years ago.

  • Reymart Dolores
    Reymart DoloresVor 10 Tage



    How this guy would send some mites from the Philippines to America really deserves some respect

  • Clayton Reed
    Clayton ReedVor 10 Tage

    So.... Did this ant colony die or is it just being saved for a later video?

  • L K

    L K

    Vor 4 Tage

    My thoughts exactly. I can't wait for an update.

  • jax zier
    jax zierVor 10 Tage

    We still waiting for a update? Or am I looking in the wrong place for the vid?

  • jason stricklin
    jason stricklinVor 10 Tage

    Did you ever actually get the name of this species of mite? Was it a new species? Was it beneficial or harmful to your any colony? That was never explained in the video It's just collected opinions And you making a decision.

  • Brian Jr
    Brian JrVor 10 Tage

    These videos be hitting different at 2 or 3 am when you supposed to be asleep but watching DElevel instead

  • og name
    og nameVor 10 Tage

    Him:what lf we found something new? Me:you have to much confidence

  • Outline
    OutlineVor 10 Tage

    Plot twist: the ants knew but didn’t care

  • Todd Fox
    Todd FoxVor 10 Tage

    Ac facehugger mite

  • Sheena Folsom
    Sheena FolsomVor 11 Tage

    I don't understand why u seemed so opposed to just sending the mite instead of taking pictures? What would you gain by not just sending the mite. That really irritated me about this series.

  • Sheena Folsom
    Sheena FolsomVor 11 Tage

    You really should have a show on one or all of the streaming services, you are great.

  • Sheyli :3
    Sheyli :3Vor 11 Tage


  • ace olvenia2
    ace olvenia2Vor 11 Tage

    send them in the lab for research

  • Trenton Meunier
    Trenton MeunierVor 11 Tage

    The blank part should be “mite” :)

  • Angela Hibbs
    Angela HibbsVor 11 Tage

    What's it called

  • Sgt salt
    Sgt saltVor 11 Tage

    In my opinion it would be best to remove all but 1of the mites and constantly watch the remaining 1

  • DreamFrezz
    DreamFrezzVor 12 Tage

    Its just like chicken ticks in Ph

  • Daniel John Barranda
    Daniel John BarrandaVor 12 Tage


  • Ernesto Aranda Jr
    Ernesto Aranda JrVor 12 Tage

    So then they would have the ability to do surgery on the ant

  • Ernesto Aranda Jr

    Ernesto Aranda Jr

    Vor 12 Tage

    And this is from a kid

  • Ernesto Aranda Jr

    Ernesto Aranda Jr

    Vor 12 Tage

    And also it might of gotten sent through the ventilation system

  • Jolanda Nvt
    Jolanda NvtVor 12 Tage

    I just hate mites!!! The sight of them gives me the creaps! It seems the ants are bothered by them too. I would 1000% remove them. Blegh

  • Kisachi Kirisagi
    Kisachi KirisagiVor 12 Tage

    Im still confused that many ants died

  • Thaddeus Marshall
    Thaddeus MarshallVor 12 Tage

    Face huger might

  • Paulo Paper Books Only
    Paulo Paper Books OnlyVor 12 Tage

    anyone feeling tingling in their bodies? Damn it...

  • Blake Plays gaming
    Blake Plays gamingVor 12 Tage

    OwO can we kill these mites yet

  • Fearless_guest (Roblox)
    Fearless_guest (Roblox)Vor 12 Tage

    The mites look like a bit of a headcrab from Gmod

  • røseable
    røseableVor 12 Tage

    Quarantine the ants infected :^

  • Aspire totheStars
    Aspire totheStarsVor 13 Tage

    You send live specimen's obviously by donating the ants with them to the lab obv.

  • Kathy Roberts
    Kathy RobertsVor 13 Tage

    If it is a new might Collett face hgre might

  • Oliver Beneš
    Oliver BenešVor 13 Tage

    Headcrab from halfblife

  • Yael omega
    Yael omegaVor 13 Tage

    The beaumont

  • Yael omega
    Yael omegaVor 13 Tage

    Keep the species

  • MIgunnut
    MIgunnutVor 14 Tage

    Any new update on face huggers

  • Running Lime
    Running LimeVor 14 Tage

    *Finds mites that look like headcrabs" Half-Life 3 confirmed.

  • Nori Nori
    Nori NoriVor 14 Tage

    looks like they cut some part in the neck to suck food just exchanged

  • New Guy
    New GuyVor 14 Tage

    This person is making documenteries on youtube.

  • Ryderon60hz Fortnite
    Ryderon60hz FortniteVor 14 Tage

    Get them out of there

  • Y Qisq
    Y QisqVor 14 Tage

    Keeping ants is like playing a Civilization game xD

  • Y Qisq
    Y QisqVor 14 Tage

    They are face huggers from Biohazard and they are going to turn into zombies!

  •  Innovation inc security • 500 years ago
    Innovation inc security • 500 years agoVor 15 Tage

    those mites be headcrabs

  • Nicole Young
    Nicole YoungVor 15 Tage

    uhm it's been a month, I kinda need an update here because I'm invested

  • Corey Gray
    Corey GrayVor 15 Tage

    I think you should get rid of mites if there stealing food

  • Bio freeze
    Bio freezeVor 15 Tage

    How about mighty mouth mites? Lol

  • eevee gaming
    eevee gamingVor 15 Tage

    A face Steeler

  • Alan Taylor
    Alan TaylorVor 15 Tage

    I say again.. "Face Hugger"... NOPE.!! GOODBYE....

  • Rafael Linkens
    Rafael LinkensVor 15 Tage

    I would call the mites mites

  • Rod Turner
    Rod TurnerVor 15 Tage

    Those mites remind me of the headcrabs from Half Life 2.

  •  Innovation inc security • 500 years ago

    Innovation inc security • 500 years ago

    Vor 15 Tage

    ahhh yes a person just like me


    Are we moving all of them does minesThey will kill

  • marnet resuena
    marnet resuenaVor 16 Tage

    Klepto-mitus shall be name of mite

  • Aziel Melo
    Aziel MeloVor 16 Tage


  • Aziel Melo
    Aziel MeloVor 16 Tage