Questions from those who are just starting or considering getting into the ant keeping hobby. If you’re intimidated or confused by the in-depth posts of the other sections of this forum, feel free to post here, and we'll start from square one!
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I caught my first queen today. I believe it is a solenopsis. I thought she had some kind of pollen or something all over her but after pulling out the magnifying glass, it looks to be baby ants. Is this normal?
Workers of smaller species will sometimes cling to queens as they take off.
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This can be normal behavior for some small ants as pointed out above. However, you should examine it very carefully to make sure that there are no phoretic mites or bloodsucking mites on this queen. If they even after closer examination still look to be small ants there is probably nothing to worry about. However I would say it is unusual to have a freshly-caught queen with mites
As always, wishing you well on your exciting ant adventure, Ants the Lowcountry.
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