I've have run into two things I need help with in my captive colonies and I'm afraid they may both turn out to be disease/parasite related. I figured had a better shot at getting my answers in this section since my questions are more about ant diseases and less about captive colony care.
I'll start with the most recent thing first. What could cause a newly eclosed Camponotus chromaiodes worker to have curled up antennae and deformed/curled up legs? She is from the smaller of the two C. chromaiodes colonies I have. Her colony was started from a newly mated queen last year and has not had any problems with deformed workers in the past. I am very good about freezing all the insects I've given them for at least 24 hours. The only thing I've ever done with this colony that could have exposed them to something was when I gave them some wild C. chromaiodes brood (a few larvae and three eggs) earlier this spring. Since all three eggs were eaten immediately and given the amount of time that has passed I don't think it's possible that she could have been one of the wild larvae. I'm not sure what else to say about her or what other information to give you guys. Here are a few pictures of her, I did put her in the freezer so I should be able to get some more pictures if needed.
Since you can see some details in her shadow, I cropped these next two pictures to show it.
The next two pictures I took with my camera’s flash instead of sun light.
The other thing that has me concerned is some insects I found living in my Aphaenogaster rudis colony's foraging area. I don't think they are mites because they seemed too long and skinny, but I'm not sure. They are around 1mm long, so I'm shocked at how well one of the pictures I took turned out. I love to know what they are, but I'll be more than happy just knowing they are not mites or any other sort of parasite. Out of the three I saw two are dead for sure, and I'm 90% sure I managed to kill the third one. I haven't seen any since, so my hope is I got them all whatever they are. Sorry if the picture is too small, but it is the best I can do.