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    Ants in themselves are usually not a problem for carnivorous plants other than being a nuisance to the grower. Ants are often the staple food for the plants. As Ron noted some species will protect or herd sap sucking pests like aphids or scale. The pests feed the ants a sugary nectar secretion in return. The ants can also steal prey. Leaf-cutter ants might chew up the leaves.

    Springtails come in all sorts of colors and shapes. Tan, white, purple, black, gray, brown, striped...I even have some iridescent/metallic colored ones.
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    So do I! my spring tails are red, black, gray, and white-metallic.

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    Are they actively moving around? Are they similar in size to sugar ants, larger, smaller?

    My hunch is thrips..
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    oh man you better hope they arent thrips....
    if your not seeing any leaf or pitcher deformations/abnormalities (that are frequent) and serious splotching and all sorts of nasty things, they more than likely arent thrips...i had a huge bout with them last year during the sarr season...it was hell.

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    I've never battled any infestations, but I have studied insects. I've found this website to be particularly helpful and it has lots of pictures to compare: www.bugguide.net

    Here's the page on thrips: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7754

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    thrips seem to have a point on their rear like a stinger from those pics. But these bugs are so tiny its hard to see if its rear is pointed or not. I'm not seeing any plant damage.

    Definitely not springtails. I used to buy springtails and add them on purpose to my vivs for my dart frogs. These bugs walk around on the plants.

    ---------- Post added at 11:29 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:27 PM ----------

    Little Black Ants - Monomorium
    I found this on that website, they look closest to this, and also this picture is of them crawling on a flower. Why would I have ants on my plants? And the ladybugs arent going to eat them?

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    the dead give-away for ants is their antennae. Can you see them with a magnifying glass?

    If the antennae are elbowed - that is, bent at an angle like an elbow - then they are probably ants.
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