My Amazing WEAVER ANTS | The Coolest Ants You Ever Did See


Greetings, ant lovers! Welcome to another episode of the AntsCanada
ant channel, a mid-week episode to help you get through your hectic week! Today we look at my extremely interesting
colony of weaver ants, we call on the channel the Emerald Empire. They surprisingly decided to start nest building
this week, so I felt it was a perfect opportunity to create a video on their latest activities! So, if you’re new to my videos, first off
welcome to the channel! Now, the Emerald Empire here is my pet Asian
Weaver ant colony, known scientifically as Oecophylla smaragdina. They are easily the most unique ants I’ve
ever owned because of their nesting behaviours. These ants create huge basket leaf nests in
trees and shrubs. Can you imagine ants that don’t nest in the
ground like most typical ants, but rather that create nests above you in the tree tops? What you see here is that awesome process
now. Every now and then as the ant colony expands
and grows too large for their current nests, the colony will decide that it’s time to either
expand their current leaf nest, or build a new leaf nest. The Emerald Empire here had decided it wanted
to do both. Check it out! This here is their main nest but they’ve decided
to expand with a few leaves pulled in, extending the nest more rightwards. That will be some awesome new space for them,
I think. And guys, if you look a bit further down…
there! You’ll see where they’ve decided to nest build
their next leaf nest! Check this out! Whoa! Ain’t that just awesome, guys? I just love watching them build during this
nest-building process! Now, check out how awesome and organized the
process of nest-building is for these weaver ants! Basically, they divide the tasks up. First, you have workers that act as “brace
ants”. Essentially, workers who bite down on one
edge of a leaf and cling on with their back legs to the edge of another leaf, and in unison
they pull these leaves together. These ants have the hardest jobs because imagine
for a small ant, how much force and strength it would take to literally bend leaves many
times your size in unnatural positions and hold them there until the other workers bind
them in place. It’s mind-boggling when you think of it. And while the leaves are braced together,
that’s when a second team of weaver ants come in. The gluers! Workers use special silk produced from their
larvae to glue these leaves together. This is how weaver ants get their name. It’s kinda like a seamstress going in and
weaving a quilt together, with leaves being the quilt patches. Once this silk dries, it forms a strong, waterproof
wall, strong enough to keep the leaves in position. Now all this energy and work doesn’t come
without a price. This extra work for the colony requires more
food to power their activities, as well as help the larvae produce the extra needed silk. So, there are ants in charge of food collection. Here, some workers have managed to capture
a baby roach nymph, which they hunted at ground level. The Emerald Empire actually shares their home
with a colony of Dubia roaches, and this baby roach will provide a lot of great protein
and nutrients for the colony’s larvae to produce extra silk. They’ve actually been preparing a head of
time and gathering extra roaches days in advance, as you’ve seen in our last episode. Many ants are also at the sweet food station,
gobbling up as much sugar as they can get. Carbs will help the colony work and give them
the energy needed to pull off these huge operations. The rest of the ants simply stand guard with
jaws wide open, to attack any creature or predator that might find this vulnerable time
for the colony to move in and attempt to disrupt their nest building. They should be done all the nest building
by tomorrow. Now, aren’t these weaver ants some of the
coolest ants you ever did see? I think so. The fact that the ants nest build in perfect
synergy like this just blows my mind, and that of biologists, too. We’re not sure how the ants decide who does
what job in this massive cooperative push, but we guess it’s simply the ants communicating
via pheromones what jobs need to be done and in what amount, and at what times. It’s collective ant intelligence at work,
and now you’ve seen it in action. If you wanna watch more of the weaver ants
building their nests, to the sounds of some relaxing music, just click here! It’s a hidden video specially made for you,
guys who’ve watched the video this far. So, thank you, guys for watching! We’ll see you again with another episode this
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