Figure 6. Florida carpenter ant, Camponotus floridanus (Buckley), dealate queen tending brood. A dealate is a reproductive that has shed its wings. The adults that emerge from this brood will be small ants called minums, and they take over the queen's brood-tending functions so she can concentrate on laying eggs. The brood that emerge after the minums should be normal sized worker ants.
Credit: John Warner, University of Florida