ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire

ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire


I’m left with no choice. I have to kill them. All the survivors within this terrarium, called
the Hacienda Del Dorado, need to be extinguished! AC Family, it was time for Phase 3: Project
Cloverfield. The release of an Angel of Death, to completely
kill all surviving ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado, before the mites decide to spread
to our other ant kingdoms. Excuse me, fruit fly milennials. I’ll be needing some of this, to prepare for
the arrival of our new Angel of Death, which lays inside here. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Now, if you’ve been following this channel
for awhile, you may notice that the Hacienda Del Doradan terrain looks different from normal,
and I’ll be getting into why that is, in a bit. But look, a movement now, up in the wooden
bridges above. You could almost miss her if you don’t look
carefully. She stares at us from the shadows with her
piercing reptilian eyes. AC Family, behold, a house gecko, of the genus
Hemidactylus, just a juvenile, but wary of our presence in her feeding grounds. Her cryptic colouration makes her camouflage
perfectly into the surroundings, as she hugs onto the driftwood, laying as flat and discreet
as possible. But the thing that trips me out the most are
those eyes! Check out those vertical slits for pupils,
which make her look almost serpentine and netherworldly. Staring at her was like staring at a small
goblin-like demon. Obviously, not a demon, just a cute little
gecko coming out for its nightly ritual to feed. But for those of you who are anticipating
for the reveal from last week’s video, you may surprised to know that this little house
gecko is not only not a demon, but it is also not our Angel of Death sent in these lands
to exterminate our remaining population of mite-infected ants. In fact, I didn’t even know there was a gecko
in here to begin with! You see I live in tropical Manila, Philippines
where house geckoes are common in homes, kind of like house spiders in North America. They feed on little flying insects that manage
to sneak into the home, so I welcome them to live with me. This little one probably saw the current state
of the Hacienda Del Dorado as the perfect opportunity to move in, seeing as the population
of the Golden Empire, the supercolony of yellow crazy ants that used to rule these lands,
had been greatly reduced by their parasitic mite plague. When the Golden Empire was healthy and filled
these territories, the gecko would have been eaten alive, but now, with just a few weakened
and mite-infested ants, this gecko was living the high life eating flying insects and quite
possibly even our ants! You’ll find out more about how this gecko
actually helps us later on in the video. But meanwhile, let’s get to what everyone’s
been waiting for, the revelation of our Angel of Death, and find out why the Hacienda Del
Dorado had to undergo, yet another renovation, namely this pond. AC Family, what’s coming up will truly leave
you flabbergasted, as it did me! And trust me, you won’t want to miss, Phase
B of Project Cloverfield, the deployment and introduction of more creatures, coming up. So, last week, within this receptacle awaited
our quote unquote “Angel of Death” to be released, a creature that, as mentioned, I needed to
help kill off all remaining Golden Empire. Now if you’re new here, and are wondering
what all this is about, real quick: the Golden Empire, one of the O.G. and beloved ant supercolonies
of this channel, which used to number in the millions, have been greatly reduced in population
by an unexpected, mass parasitic mite outbreak. Luckily, one of you AC Family commented in
a previous video featuring our rhino beetles, of all videos, identified that the mites seen
on their bodies were predatory Hypoaspis mites, that are known to eat bad parasitic mites
wanting to suck on beetle blood. This brilliant comment gave me the idea to
attempt using these Hypoaspis mites, to cure our mite-plagued Golden Empire from their
parasitic mites. So after a careful experiment, we were shocked
to discover that indeed, the Hypoaspis mites ate the parasitic mites on our ants. So in last week’s episode, I quarantined as
much of the remaining Golden Empire ants as I could collect from the Hacienda Del Dorado,
and exposed them to a team of Hypoaspis mites harvested from our rhino beetles, in a final
operation to save our Golden Empire. We even quarantined a mite-free queen, along
with a mite-free entourage from our experiment, to have safely put away, just in case, our
worst fears became reality, and our quarantined colony ended up losing their battle to the
mites. At least we had a mite-free queen and workers
to restart the Golden Empire from scratch. But, I think you’ll be happy to see the results
of Project Quarantine coming up later in this video, so do hang tight for that. But, as for the remaining ants still living
in the Hacienda Del Dorado that I missed, sadly I realized that I needed to exterminate
them, because I was afraid that had I just allowed these infected Golden Empire ants
to die out naturally, the mites, having no more food left, might crawl out of the Hacienda
Del Dorado and go on to infect all my other ant kingdoms in the ant room, which would
be a disaster, and wouldn’t take the mites long at all to execute. All ant keepers know that once an ant colony
contracts parasitic mites, they’re pretty much dead in no time, as we’ve seen so far
with the Golden Empire. So, here we are, AC Family, the Angel of Death,
its purpose: to kill all ants and the mites parasitizing them. I gave you guys a chance to guess its identity
in last week’s hidden video, through a riddle. A lot of you guys had some great guesses,
and some guesses were ummm… quite odd to say the least. But, if you missed it, here was the riddle: Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts, Feeding on dog food for brunch,
Or swimming in water during its wet months, Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues,
A beast that loves to snack and much, Eating the ants with mites for lunch. After several minutes, out of nowhere, our
Angel of Death peeked its bumpy head out. And then it clumsily plopped itself out of
its transport container, and onto Hacienda Del Doradan soil. AC Family, our Angel of Death, is a toad. A juvenile cane toad to be exact, most likely
a female, though they’re a bit harder to sex at this age. Let’s go over the riddle as we watch her snoop
around her new home! “Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts” These lines refer to these cane toads being
nocturnal by nature. They emerge in the night to eat insects and
small creatures. Males also make toad noises, either for mate-calling
or informing other males to avoid mating confusion. “Feeding on dog food for brunch” refers to
the fact that these cane toads are known to actually eat dog food. “Or swimming in water during its wet months”
refers to the fact that these toads are amphibians, with a fully aquatic life stage, where they
emerge from their eggs as tadpoles. “Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues”
refers to the fact that toads posses special organs at the sides of their heads called
parotid glads which when squeezed can release a milky-white fluid known as bufotoxin which
is poisonous to many animals. Human deaths have actually been recorded from
eating cane toads. As a kid, I made the mistake of rubbing my
eyes, after touching American toads, and believe me it wasn’t pleasant! And finally “A beast that loves to snack and
much, eating the ants with mites for lunch” refers to my deployment of this young cane
toad to be the creature to eat all the remaining Golden Empire ants in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Many of you guessed correctly by answering
“cane toad”, but even “toad” was correct. For the many of you that said “frog”, you
were partially correct because indeed toads are a type of frog, but not all frogs are
considered toads. Finally, in case you were second guessing
yourself, I designed this entire riddle to be an acrostic poem, where the first letters
of each line spelled “Bufonidae”, which happens to be the taxonomic family of true toads. Congrats to all who guessed it right. So my plan was to supplement this toad’s diet
with roaches and worms, and have it snack on our Golden Empire ants as it came across
them. Now I’ve owned cane toads before, and these
toads have very voracious appetites and at this size have been known to eat ants! So, I was confident our Angel of Death would
do an excellent job and picking off all remaining Golden Empire, but as I watched her disappear
over a hill, little did I know, she was going to surprise us with some alternate plans. But now that we had a toad living in the Hacienda
Del Dorado, we needed to make some alterations to the terrain. We needed to make these lands, toad country,
and to do that, we needed to add a pond. I began to scrape at the earth to make room
for a new body of water. Unlike most frogs, toads actually have the
advantage of not needing tonnes of water 24-7. Toads simply need to soak themselves periodically
but spend most of their time on land, so this body of water needed not be too deep. I used this naturalistic water holder to form
our new pond. Once in place, I added some bottled purified
water. I just couldn’t wait to watch our new toad
visiting this pond we made for it to soak itself up as needed. It’s part of the joys of caring for toads,
watching them hydroregulate on both land and water. So all was set. The Hacienda Del Dorado, now had a totally
new look. It had transformed into tropical bogland habitat,
perfect for our toad to enjoy and do its awesome work at eating our ants. What do you guys think of the Hacienda Del
Dorado’s new look? I also made sure to moisten the surrounding
area for added toad comfort. I really wanted for our toad to feel at home
here. Now although it didn’t seem the toad wanted
to show herself at the present time, I knew later in the night, she’d emerge to feed,
and when she did, I was going to be ready to film her eating ants! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Mite-infected Golden Empire ants were wandering
the premise. And look, stretching long aside our new pond,
emerged some young earthworms seeking new grounds. They scaled the moss and rocks in hopes to
find new places in which to form new burrows. These normally subterranean creatures have
emerged above ground as a response to rain. It seems wetting the lands earlier this evening
had filled the burrows of the local earthworms with water, causing them to come out and seek
drier soils. Earthworms, though kinda gross, are essential
to the ecosystems they are part of, as they are great at fertilizing plants, aerating
soils, and breaking down decaying matter. With the Hacienda Del Dorado being a 100%
bioactive terrarium, these earthworms are super important in these lands. AC Family, look at how they move by using
sections of their body to act as an anchor while the rest contracts, as it squirms forward. They can do this to move both forward and
backward. Earthworms don’t have eyes, but their skin
is photosensitive so they can sense light and shadows. This helps them avoid predators, but I knew
that all this worm squirming was the perfect lure to attract our Angel of Death out of
hiding to start feeding. But you know what, AC Family? I waited and waited. In fact, after several cups of coffee, I waited
all night until sunrise, and there was no sign of our Angel of Death. Hmm… What was going on here? No toad, and a whole sleepless night gone
by. The next morning, I scanned the lands in hopes
to find the toad perhaps hopping around or soaking in our pond. But to my dismay, she was nowhere to be found. Hmmm… I spotted members of the Golden Empire wandering
the grounds. Mites were clearly, and quite literally, draining
the life out of them. But the thing was, as weird as it is for me
to say this because I love these ants, we really needed them all eaten asap, to make
sure Project Cloverfield was successful, so we wouldn’t have to worry about mites crawling
out of the terrarium to infect my other ants and critters, nor would we have to worry if
we ever decided to repopulate the Hacienda Del Dorado with ants again, more about that
later. But we truly depended on this cane toad, wherever
it was in here, to get going and start ant-eating! Night 2 of Project Cloverfield. The Hacienda Del Dorado was still, and I was
determined to film our Angel of Death emerging and eating. Scanning the premises, it seemed our toad
was still nowhere to be seen, but I was camped out and prepared to endure another long, sleepless
night. To help the time pass while waiting for our
toad to emerge, I enjoyed watching our rhino beetles, also nocturnal, coming out to feed,
and speaking of which guys, for those of you following their story and anticipating the
2019 Rhino Beetle Games, I’ve got some pretty exciting news, particularly for you Team Hephaestus! Your champion, Team Hephaestus has officially
arrived. Here he is gorging on his banana. I’ve got all emerged beetles stacked side-by-side,
and have weights holding their covers down as they are super strong and have grown capable
of lifting their lids open! Talk about strength! I can’t wait for the Rhino Beetle Games to
finally start, once the final male rhino beetle, Hades, has fully hardened and has charged
up, ready to go. I bet this will happen in a week or so, and
when it does, may the Rhino Beetle Games begin! Who out there is as excited as I am? What team are you guys?! Sound off in the comments section, and cheer
on your champion Gladiator, for a chance at winning a prize at the end of the games. But waiting seems to be all we’ve been doing
lately, and will you believe, once again all night, our toad refused to emerge. What was going on here? Night 3 of Project Cloverfield, and still
no sign of our Angel of Death. Where could this toad be? Seriously, I mean it wasn’t coming out to
eat and I was certain it hadn’t come out to soak either seeing as I saw no splash marks
on the glass. We needed to lure it out somehow. And so I came up with a plan! For sure this toad was probably dry and needed
to come out to soak itself soon, but perhaps it didn’t know there was even a fresh pond
here waiting to hydrate its dry bumpy skin! So, I looked up a Youtube video and found
an 11 hour audio video of a peaceful river and played that gently below the terrarium. My hopes were that the sounds would entice
our dehydrated toad to come out of hiding, to have a soak and then eat some ants already! And AC Family, what it did do was entice our
baby gecko to emerge, who curiously checked out where the sounds of running water was
coming from. “I don’t remember there being a river here!”
it thought to itself. After nearly 3 hours of waiting and still
no sign of the toad, I figured that maybe our spotlight was perhaps scaring it. After all, these cane toads were dark-loving
creatures, so I reduced the light to further cloak the lands in darkness. For sure the toad was going to come out now! No bright lights to fear, beloved Angel of
Death. Please come out for us tonight! It was getting critical, with every passing
night, waiting for this toad to do its thing. We needed the toad to eat all these ants carrying
mites, and with every passing day, more of these ants were dying, which meant more hungry
mites looking for new hosts. If this continued, our other ants and critters
in the Ant Room were in immediate danger. Now I’m sure a lot of you were wondering the
same thing I was wondering, and that was if our resident house gecko was actually eating
the ants. If this was the case, we actually didn’t need
a toad, and this gecko would have become the new Angel of Death to wipe out our Golden
Empire. So I made sure to watch the gecko as well,
and check this out, AC Family! I was surprised to discover, that it actually
had no interest in our ants of the Golden Empire, but it did relish any flying queen
alates of other ant species that were dropping in to check out the currently unoccupied territories
in hopes to start a nest! I watched it actively hunt down and eat black
crazy ant queens dropping in to house shop! I had no idea other ants from the outside
were even visiting the Hacienda Del Dorado. Amazing to see how much actually happens in
the night that we day-beings miss! Turns out the presence of our gecko was actually
beneficial to the Golden Empire, acting as a guardian to outside ant queens, wanting
to steal these fertile lands from its original owners. This gecko and our ants had in a way established
a mutually symbiotic relationship, a biological partnership. But speaking of biological partnerships, it
seems ours with our Angel of Death was not quite working out. Over the next few hours, I stayed up only
to a motionless terrarium, no toad coming out to feed nor soak, and all to the droning
and soon annoying sound of running stream water. On Night 4, I tried a couple things. I figured maybe it needed a rain shower to
encourage its emergence. After all many insects and amphibians emerge
after it rains here in the Philippines. This did not work. No toad. I tried luring the toad out with a superworm. Surely no toad could resist the tantalizing
squirming of a live superworm, right? Nope, no toad in sight. OK, what was going on here?! I have a lot of patience, but this toad was
truly holding off on us. In a final act of desperation, I even tried
my best to sing the toad out, probably an idea that came out of delirious lack of sleep. I remember nodding off to sleep on the Ant
Room floor, singing some Mariah Carey, some time before sunrise (I’m thinking of you in
my sleepless solitude tonight). I gave my all, and nothing was working! I had to rip myself away from this toad for
moment. Let’s take a look at our recuperating quarantined
Golden Empire. How were they doing now that a team of Hypoaspis
mites had infiltrated their mite-infested colony? AC Family, I think you’ll be as shocked as
I was to see what I saw. Have a look! Are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Ants with little to no mites, or actually,
I don’t think I could see any mites at all! It had been about a week of exposure to the
Hypoaspis mites. I don’t actually know where the Hypoaspis
mites were, as they were no longer visible in the honey-water tube through which they
were introduced to the quarantine setup. I dunno, do you guys see any Hypoaspis mites
or parasitic mites on our ants? My guess was that the Hypoaspis mites were
perhaps somewhere frequenting the ants’ burrows within this AC Outworld in which they were
setting up shop for now picking off the parasitic mites they came across. When I saw this, my heart leaped in my chest! AC Family, I think our plan worked! It seems that within a week, the colony was
parasitic mite-free, or at least it seemed the majority of them were. I resolved to keep an close eye on this quarantined
colony and monitor them over the next couple of weeks or so before we conclude for sure
that they’ve battled the mites. If so, I think we could go ahead and reunite
our insurance queen and her entourage safely back to the colony. What a relief, AC Family. I feel our Golden Empire is well on the road
to recovery and if all goes well will one day regenerate back into the supercolony they
once were. But now we had to get serious about ensuring
the success of Project Cloverfield. Behold, within this AC Ant Tower, I had three
superworms, which were to act as bait. My plan was to fixate this Ant Tower inside
the Hacienda Del Dorado and hopefully entice the toad to come out! If this plan wasn’t going to work tonight,
I was drawing up some plans for a Phase B for Project Cloverfield, which I think you
guys might find super neat! Night 5 of Project Cloverfield. Not a toad in sight. I could feel that by this 5th night our toad
was hungry and eager to eat. I was prepared to catch it emerging at any
moment, and AC Family, you won’t believe what happened on Night 5. Nothing. Literally nothing. No toad. This was the final straw. I had to go in and find our Angel of Death,
who at this point I wanted to nickname Angel of No Show! I began to feel around the setup to try to
get it to jump out of hiding. By this day, I was greatly underslept, now
catching a bad cold due to staying up late all these nights, which would explain why
you may have noticed that it sounds like I have a frog in my throat for this video, pun
intended, but most of all I was acting out of fear that the mites which were eliminating
every ant in here one by one, and were making plans now to migrate to my other ant colonies
and critter setups, and I couldn’t let this happen! Phase B of Project Cloverfield was now in
full effect! When I couldn’t get the toad to jump out into
sight, I proceeded to remove the driftwood to get a better look, and that was when I
saw it! There it is! There you are. Our Angel of Death jumped into sight! Come here on little guy. Where have you been? AC Family, behold! Our elusive Angel of Death. I have no idea why our toad didn’t emerge
to feed. Do any of you guys have any ideas? Unless she was feeding quietly in the shadows
somewhere. Anyway first thing’s first, I moistened the
toad with some fresh water. Second, I dropped in a superworm, which she
totally ignored. I also stuck in a few roaches which were also
ignored. I’ve had cane toads in the past, and this
was not typical cane toad appetite, so perhaps she was just frightened. After a vet visit, I’ll have to rehome our
Angel of Death to a loving home. I decided not to replace the driftwood I removed
on this end. Why? Well, AC Family, we’ll be needing a bit more
room for the completion of Project Cloverfield Phase B. So, AC Family, are you ready for
this? We really needed to exterminate these remaining
ants carrying the parasitic mites, and so after careful searching, I found the perfect
agents to do the job that our Angel of Death failed to do. Perhaps I was a little ambitious trying to
deploy an Angel of Death to wipe our Hacienda Del Dorado clean of ants. But this time, guys, I was going to try something
smaller, some Death Sprites. AC Family behold, our new Death Sprites to
carry out the completion of Project Cloverfield! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Phase B of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced
Death Sprites were going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. And look, it’s our house gecko making an appearance
to check out the lowlands. But what is it doing down here? Let’s see. It seems to be looking for something. Quietly it smells the area with its tongue
like a serpent, and moves across the floor honing in something that has caught its attention. Ahh here it is. A pile of rotting banana, placed here from
the Bowl of Life to attract fruit flies and ants to the area. She licks the sweet and fermented banana cum
gusto. Scrumptious and delectable! But then a rustling of leaves caught my eye. Look here! There beneath the dead leaves, waits in the
darkness, one of our several Death Sprites, a painted toad. Also called narrowmouth toads, these microhylid
toads are endemic to where I live, emerging to hunt at night. She’s such a beautiful death sprite, isn’t
she, hiding steathily in darkness? But the big question was: did she have a taste
for ants? So much relied on whether or not these tiny
painted toads would eat our ants, and I was determined to find out. I waited and watched. Yes! Yes! Thanosed! Alright, AC Family! It’s too bad our cane toad wasn’t a mainstay
on the channel, but these new painted toads were literally added last night, and as you
saw, we have proof that they’ve been feeding on the Golden Empire. What should we name our new group of painted
toad Death Sprites? Let me know in the comments! I’ll continue filming these cuties through
the week and document their activity closely, to see if they will go on to successfully
eat all our ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado. It’s great to know that the Golden Empire
looks like they’re well on their way to recovery, as well! So guys, be sure to smash that subscribe button
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episode how our new Death Fairies prove to be at cleaning up the Hacienda Del Dorado
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now. Plus, the Rhino Beetle Games are fast approaching,
guys, and you won’t want to miss that! The games may come sooner than you think! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of our new painted toads
within the Hacienda Del Dorado. Get a sneak peek into next week’s episode
and get a closer look at these incredible amphibians. They belong to the genus Kaloula and are endemic
to the Philippines, so chances are you may not have seen them before. Check them out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why couldn’t we just let the remaining ants
within the Hacienda Del Dorado die out? Congratulations to MasterDhen who correctly
answered: The mites might spread and might
affect other ants in the Ant Room. Congratulations, MasterDhen, you just won
a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
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toxin produced by toads? Leave your answer in the comments section
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Turning My Youtube Gold Play Button Into an Ant Farm

Turning My Youtube Gold Play Button Into an Ant Farm


Man, there was once a time where I told myself
that if ever this channel were to receive this inconcievable milestone award, I would
treasure it, hang it on a wall and keep it forever in mint condition to admire as a trophy
piece. The Youtube Gold Play button awarded to Youtube
channels reaching 1 million subscribers finally arrived. But then, I told myself… Imagine if I were to turn my Gold Play Button
into an antfarm… No, that’s just crazy. I would never do that! Ever! Well, this week ‘never’ happened, and you
won’t believe what I did in the name of ant love! AC Family, I pulled the Golden stunt. Yes, today I hold my breath, and hand over
my Youtube Gold Play Button to the real stars of this channel, the ants. Find out which of our five colonies we move
in, how we customize it for them, and how they ultimately reacted to the inside of the
Gold Play Button, on this eye-opening, celebratory episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Tired of nature channels not showing nature
shows? Just watch this channel. Enjoy. So last month I was happy to receive in the
mail our Youtube Gold Play Button for reaching over 1 million subscribers earlier this year. It was just so moving to unbox this amazing
award. By the way, whether you’re old or new AC Family,
please hit that like button if you enjoy our videos. Thank you so much. This channel and award is yours, and we all
earned this together, AC Family! So, opening the box, it included a note from
Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of Youtube encouraging us to continue making entertaining videos. Very cool. Lifting this piece of foam, wow! AC Family, here it is. The fabled Youtube Gold Play Button. It was just magical and huge! Now, back when reaching a million subscribers
was just a fantasy, I toyed with the idea of turning my Gold Play Button into an ant
farm for an ant colony. The idea of course was just crazy. I would have needed to customize it to make
it habitable for the ants, I needed to drill holes into it, I wouldn’t even know how to
open the thing, and overall I would have essentially needed to destroy the piece. But seeing the Gold Play Button now fresh
out of the box, I said no way would I ever destroy this thing. It was going up on a wall. But something interesting and a bit unbelievable
happened. A couple days after, I received another box
from Youtube. What? I opened it, and sure enough it was a second
Gold Play Button! They sent me two! How could this be? Do any of you guys know if other Youtubers
receive two Gold Play Buttons? Could this be some freak mistake? Perhaps Youtube telling me they want me to
make an ant farm? Whatever it was, I wasn’t going to give it
back. And so, AC Family! I wasn’t going to need two Gold Play Buttons! I had decided. I was going to turn this second Gold Play
Button into an ant farm. Here we go! The first step was to decide which of the
ant colonies would be moving in. Who was going to be getting this Gold Play
Button ant farm? To me, there were only 3 logical options: First, the Fire Nation. Our long time, ferocious fire ant colony who
in essence became the first super stars of the channel, when their video “My Ants Are
Planning an Escape” went completely viral, followed by another video “Cockroach Giving
Birth While Being Devoured by Fire Ants”, which have a combined viewership of 31 million
views on Youtube. I felt they surely deserved to be one of the
candidates to inhabit this Gold Play Button. Next, we have the Dark Knights, our black
crazy ant colony, also a senior colony of the channel, having started around the same
time as our Fire Nation. They’ve been a good colony, contrasting our
ravenous Fire Nation, always easy-to-care for, predictable, non-aggressive, and what
was super convenient about the Dark Knights was that if I were to move them into the Gold
Play Button, I could simply hang the Gold Play Button on the same wall as my other Silver
Play Buttons and easily connect the tubes of their two story setup which pass that area
of my place. And next, we have the Golden Empire, our yellow
crazy ant colony that came a bit after the Fire Nation and the Dark Knights, but garnered
a big fan base of ant lovers fast, as we helped them overcome their biggest survival challenge,
beating a plague of parasitic mites. They were a good candidate because with their
booming population and limited only to the Hacienda Del Dorado terrarium, they needed
the new space badly. In a previous video we also noticed that they
needed change in routine. Now, for those fans of our other ant colonies,
we couldn’t move in the Titans, our Marauder ant colony because they were in a sensitive
time at the moment, and we also couldn’t do the Tomb Raiders, our Pharaoh Ants, because
they were a new colony under quarantine, dealing with their own crisis at the moment. By the way, if you’re following that story
AC Family I promise to update you about their situation next week. So, I had to decide, and of course I went
to consult the AC Council, so on our brand new Youtube community tab which we just got
this week, I asked you which of the three colonies you wanted to see move in to this
Gold Play Button ant farm. You casted your votes, and AC Family, you
chose the Golden Empire based on over 35,000 votes. It seemed the general reasoning was “Golden
Empire for the Gold Play Button”. Made sense. So now that we knew who would be moving in,
it was time to customize the Gold Play Button to make it more habitable for the Golden Empire. After examining the structure of the framework,
I discovered that it was actually quite easy to open up from the back. I opened it up and went straight to work. Using an old aquarium background I had laying
around, as well as natural decor from our AC Biome Kits, I began to cut, glue, and arrange. It took a lot of careful planning and designing. I didn’t really know what I was doing, and
I was completely improvising along the way, but I was determined to make this new territory
beautiful and homey for our ants. And so AC Family, after hours of breaking
away at faux rock and arranging of decor, I am pleased to present to you “Golden Rock”,
the soon-to-be new stomping grounds of our Golden Empire. Do you like it? What do you guys think? Let me show you around. Golden Rock was inspired by the natural terrain
in which I have seen yellow crazy ants in the wild. It is a simulated volcanic rock escarpment
complete with lichens, mosses, tropical foliage, sticks, and crevices and presented at the center of Golden Rock’s
cliff face, the Youtube Gold Play Button, shining like a beautifully polished stone
adorning the territories. Now this setup was designed to be dry and
soiless and I didn’t want to add digging medium because the structure wasn’t designed to hold
moisture. You see the back is made of painted plywood,
which could rot if moist soil was added, and I didn’t want to paint the entire thing with
water sealant, in fear of toxic materials killing the ants. Also this setup would no longer be opened
after being sealed so dry meant cleaner interior and easier maintenance. So the question we needed to answer now was
“What would make Golden Rock interesting for our ants?” Why would the ants want to come here? If we just connected the colony to this Gold
Play Button as is, they might wander a bit but get bored and find it dead space for the
colony. So, AC Family, my solution? Four entrances drilled directly into the plastic
plated plywood framing, and polytubing inserted into them. One of these entrances would be the official
entrance to the territories, and the others, to accomodate test tubes with some goodies
for the ants to discover. On one side I attached a test tube of some
dry fish food and on the other, some blue-dyed honey. So now the Golden Empire had a reason to come
to Golden Rock. Golden Rock would from now on be a hub for
food collection. And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting
for. The moment of truth. It was time to move our Golden Empire, our
booming colony of yellow crazy ants into their new Youtube Gold Play Button territories we
call Golden Rock. Here we go, my plan was we needed a way to
safely connect the Hacienda Del Dorado to Golden Rock, but there way no way I was going
to drill a hole through this glass. It is certainly possible to drill holes throug
aquarium glass with special drill bits but, in all my experience working with glass and
creating ant farms, there are a million and one ways to screw it up and completely crack
and ruin the glass, and I wasn’t willing to take that risk today, lest the Golden Empire
is suddenly given the chance to move into my whole place! And so here is my hack for those who need
to connect their ant colonies in aquariums to another living area. First, I take a plastic water bottle and cut
it here, to create a sort of funnel. Then I take some baby powder and mix it with
rubbing alcohol until the mixture is uniform, then completely smother the inside of the
funnel, as well as the outside with this mixture. It dries in about 10 minutes and becomes super
slippery for the ants. The idea was to situate this funnel at the
top of terrarium using a barbeque skewer and then fasten the tube leading out of the terrarium
through this slippery funnel. This way the ants could travel through the
tube but not climb out of the terrarium by climbing the outside of the tube. So here we go, guys are you ready? It was time to see if our Golden Empire would
like these new lands we are introducing to them. 1 – 2 -3. I placed the tube into our slippery funnel
then stuffed all spaced between with cotton. I placed the tube into the ficus foliage for
the ants to discover. The other end of this tube was attached to
this entrance of Golden Rock. The ants instantly began to climb the tube,
but hadn’t yet thought of climbing through it. As planned the ants climbed the outside of
the tube but could not escape due to our special funnel. Suddenly, a few minutes later, one inquisitive
and brave ant decides to walk through the tube to explore. It moves up the tube, and out of the Hacienda
Del Dorado. This was the very first time any Golden Empire
worker has left the boundaries of the Hacienda Del Dorado in almost a year, and considering
the fact that ant workers live for only two months, it was certainly the very first time
this worker has ever left. She was going to be the official discoverer
of Golden Rock. She excitely rushed through the tube across
the great chasm and on to Fire Nation continent. She rushed into Golden Rock. With joy and jubilee, the ant immediately
began to explore this wide and open rockscape, running and mapping out these new territories. If you’ve never seen an excited and happy
ant, this is what it looks like! And look, here comes a second ant explorer. Her sister will officially be the second to
set tarsi on Golden Rock territories. Back at the Hacienda Del Dorado, it seems
most ants are preoccupied with trying to get out of the terrarium by climbing the tube,
which may seem pretty unintelligent on the ants’ part, but see this is the beauty of
ant intelligence. The very few who do happen to stumble their
way into the tube, end up communicating their discovery to the other ants. And look, here returns one of the ants from
Golden Rock to announce the news to the rest of the Empire. She’s got some joyous news to tell of a new
promised land beyond the borders of the Hacienda Del Dorado. It wasn’t long before more and more ants decide
to check out the hype and also return home to announce their findings to the rest of
the colony. With this continuing message of new property
becoming a trending topic witin the Golden Empire, I knew it wasn’t long before the ants
would start an impressive ant trail between the two lands, and the news was about to kick
up a notch. One ant has found our reservoir of blue honey. After having a sip, it is suddenly full of
excitement and lets other ants it comes in contact with know that “OMG, there’s a huge
pool of honey down there! Go see for yourself and get some!” This quick vibrating you see here is known
as stridulation. If we were to place a tiny microphone close
to them we would hear a chattering noise. By rubbing body parts together and causing
a big vibrational fuss, they literally communicate “the latest buzz”, pun completely intended,
and this excites other ants to go check out whatever it was that was causing excitement. It’s a more physical mode of ant communication,
unlike the usual pheromones which is more biochemical. When the message of sweet honey got back to
the colony, the trail was officially under way. Check it out! The ants had not discovered the fish food
yet. It was just amazing to see the ants excitely
exploring and mapping out our design. The honey was the newest talk of the town! Look at all those ants with full social stomachs. You can see the blue through their bodies. Later as the honey starts to dilute a bit
by mixing with the ants’ drinking water and inner fluids, the ants appear green, as we
saw in a previous video. With all this stored honey, they make their
way back to the nest to share it with the rest of the family. The way they do it is through an awesome process
called trophallaxis: I call it the kiss of life. Honey is regurgitated from their social stomachs
and passed by mouth to hungry ants. It looks like many ants have come back for
seconds! Wanna see something funny? Of course after all that sugary food, the
ants get food coma. Check out these ants that have stationed themselves
in one of the crevices in the rock. It seems they’ve designated it their place
to nap. According to a study, ants take hundreds of
power naps which last only a couple minutes, before waking up and continuing on with business
as usual. All night, the ants continued to explore Golden
Rock and hang out in cool spots within the multifaceted rock face. The next day, the ants are still working on
the honey! Check out their green bodies! It looks like our fish food wasn’t such a
hit. They’re just trying to dig into it at this
point. No worries, though. I want Golden Rock to be a place where we
can test new and different foods. I plan to constantly switch up the offerings
in these exits, perhaps offer a tube of water, or various insects, different sweets, and
sometimes I even just want to make exits dead ends. Essentially, the more we keep the ants guessing,
the less chances they have to fall into routine which became a concern in the Hacienda Del
Dorado. These past few days and nights, I’ve spent
a lot of time just sitting and watching the ants frolicking and congregating in places
around Golden Rock, and I realized something pretty neat. Yes, the ants on this channel will never really
know how many human beings from all around the globe watch them every week, following
their daily lives and quietly supporting them from afar, nor will they ever know how much
joy and inspiration they bring to us, just by being ants, but I feel, that at least by
giving them the chance to find a home within this custom-designed Gold Play button, now
called Golden Rock, they too can benefit in a way, and enjoy this milestone of 1 million
subscribers with us. To all those who have been gracious enough
to subscribe to this channel and are part of this epic ant journey, on behalf of the
ant colonies presently and those of the past on this channel, thank you. AC Family, you’ve each inspired me and showed
the world that ant love truly is forever. Alright! Thanks for watching, AC Family. We’re now on the road to the next milestone:
10M! Crazy to think about right?! Well, I used to think reaching 1 million subscribers
was unattainable especially for an ant channel! But you all proved me wrong, so until we hit
the next milestone, please LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE if you haven’t yet. If you enjoy nature, or even if you don’t,
hit that subscribe button and discover the dramatic and crazy world that insects live
on the micro level. It will blow your mind, right AC Family? AC Inner Colony I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch extended play footage of the Golden Empire
moving into Golden Rock. Now, before we proceed to the AC Question
of the Week, I have an awesome announcement! In case you haven’t heard yet, our annual
Christmas Sale at AntsCanada.com is in full effect! This year we have a great sale on our brand
new Hybrid Nest 2.0 and our All You Need Formica Hybrid Nest Gear Pack! So if you’ve always wanted to get into ant
keeping, I have left links in the description box to these sale items so you can pick one
up for yourself or someone you love this Christmas. We ship worldwide, but just a reminder, you
must order before Dec 18th to get your order before Christmas so go get it asap! But if you’re not fussy about getting the
item before Christmas day, this Christmas sale as usual will continue until January
1st, 2018 and we also have gift cards in case you would like to get your special loved one
an ant setup but are not sure what they would want. Keep ants with me and discover how amazing
these creatures are in real life! Alright, and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the week! In last week’s video we asked: Name any one of the sites
in the Tomb Raider’s Setup. Congratulations to Mariam Hussain who correctly
answered: The Nubian Shelf We also accepted any of the other twelve locations
including Valley of the Kings, Garden of Anubis, and Field of Aaru. Congratulations Miriam, you just won a free
ant tshirt from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why did we choose to
make Golden Rock a dry setup? Leave your answer in the comments section
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My PET ANTS Showed Me THIS in their New ANT FARM

My PET ANTS Showed Me THIS in their New ANT FARM


Above our tarantula goddess’ Arachno Sanctorium,
lies an outworld containing one of the most extraordinary ant colonies, I’ve ever kept. A recovering township of yellow crazy ants
works fastidiously across the terrain of their outworld, a holding cell and quarantine of
an empire previously scorned. These are the survivors of the Golden Empire,
a once flourishing and powerful ant kingdom, numbering in the millions, but quickly reduced
to these few hundreds after a lethal mite plague struck them. These mites attached to the bodies of the
ants and sucked their blood, until they each died off one by one. But luckily, we were able to save a few of
them, with the help of some predatory mites harvested from great beetles, who eventually
eradicated the bad vampiric mites from the ants. So today, the Golden Empire, one of the oldest
and most cherished ant colonies on this channel takes its first joyful step upward, resilient
as ever, despite losing their once great numbers, and even their previous kingdom of old, as
we watch these amazing ants move into their brand new royal home, that I’m positive you
all will love building with me and watching the ants move into! But most important of all, wait until you
see, what shocking thing I discovered at the end of this video, once the Golden Empire
was all moved in! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! These ants have no idea what’s up ahead for
them. After having suffered such a tough past, The
Golden Empire truly deserves this new home I have planned. What’s interesting to note is that each one
of these worker ants aside from the queen, was born within the past two or three months. You see, worker ants only live for two to
three months tops, while the queen ant who is hiding somewhere in this mass, and who
we’ll see later on in this video, can live for decades, as much as thirty years in some
species, so isn’t it crazy to think that these ants probably have no idea what hardship their
older sisters and colony had undergone in their not too distant history? Now take a look at this, AC Family. See all that brood? Those are piles of cocoons, eggs, and larvae
all above ground. The reason for this is because I’ve recently
watered their territories and in response they’ve transported their young above ground,
a response these tropical ants naturally do in the event of rain to avoid drowning from
tropical flooding. But usually the ants won’t need to do this
if they nest in a place that is higher above ground or where flood water can’t access. I felt bad seeing the ants have to constantly
bring their brood above ground every time I watered their territories. And look where else the ants have decided
to pile their brood during such times! Ants, eggs, larvae, and pupae are all jam
packed in their water test tube, their reservoir for fresh drinking water. They just love how the space is both humid
but also dry from the periodic floods. They’ve even gone and done the same thing
in their sugar water reservoir! And so AC Family, I felt the time had come
for the ants to have a more secure place to nest, where they wouldn’t have to worry about
these routine floods and they could be certain they could live in peace. And now that the ants were completely parasitic
mite-free, healthy, and on their way to full recovery, quarantining them here in this outworld
was no longer necessary. It was time to give the Golden Empire their
first ant nesting space, since their great and necessary exodus from their previous home. I think you guys might love what I had planned
ahead, and furthermore what awesome thing the Golden Empire ended up revealing to us
once they all settled in! Behold! The future royal quarters of the Golden Empire. An AC Hybird Nest 2.0 Tetramorium, but with
some customizations. Let’s have a look! I’ve laced the tunnels and rooms with gravel
and sphagnum moss to help the Golden Empire feel much more cozy once moved in. My intentions are for the ants to move these
bits of debris around as they please so they can totally customize their living space as
they feel fit. This debris will also be water absorbent and
help keep humidity levels up. These ants like humid nests and don’t do well
in dry nests, so adding these moisture sponges will truly help the ants, the young, and the
queen feel truly comfortable. When moving ants into a formicarium, i.e.
an ant farm, it’s important to know what conditions their species usually prefer. In the case of the Golden Empire, who are
yellow crazy ants, they like medium to high humidity in their nest and don’t do well in
dry nests. Ants like most carpenter ants and harvester
ants, on the other hand, prefer medium to drier nests. I think the Golden Empire will really like
this space! By the way, for those wondering, this here
is the Tetramorium version of the AC Hybrid Nest, inspired by Tetramorium nests, that
is, the nests of pavement ant, but can be used for any species of ant that fits. I think I’ll add a bit more sphagnum moss
bits… and I’ll also add some piles of coconut fiber, which are highly water absorbent and
don’t rot easily. This will also help keep humidity levels up,
and they’ll also likely use this coconut fiber to bury and close off any rooms they decide
to store their waste, rooms that get moldy, or choose as the colony bathroom area. And just like that interior decorating done! The next step was to glue on the glass pane
that will enclose this entire nest space, so to do that, I just use Elmer’s School glue,
non-toxic to ants and easy to use. You don’t need to glue the glass on, for easy
removal and cleaning later, but here in the tropics, we have to worry about tiny wild
ants like pharaoh ants and ghost ants which are small enough to fit under the glass and
totally invade this nest, plus we don’t want another foreign parasitic mite episode, so
I’m gluing this bad boy! And on goes the pane of glass, and voila! Done! I’ll place the cover on to keep the space
nice and dark and give the nest 24 hrs for the glue to dry. In the lower hydration tub I’ve decided to
use sphagnum moss to keep the nest nice and humid. I find this stuff to be highly water absorbent,
chemical-free, easily replaceable, and a great way to keep Hybrid Nests hydrated. Now if you’re new to Hybrid Nests, here’s
how the ant farm technology works! This lower area of the nest here is the humid
end of the nest. The floor of this lower area is perforated
with tiny microholes which suck the water from the tub below via capillary action, and
deliver moisture and humidity to this lower nest region. The upper areas of the nest with unperforated
floors remain drier. It’s important to have a moisture gradient
in an ant farm so the ants can hydroregulate and choose which areas to keep what. They’ll be adjusting brood locations, garbage
and bathroom areas, queen quarters, and food storage according to moisture needs. With this Hybrid Nest, I’ll probably only
need to water the nest about once a week, by pouring water into this tub area. The Sphagnum moss inside will absorb the water
and deliver it upwards into the nest! Several years ago, in the Golden Empire’s
very beginnings, they lived in an earlier version of a Hybrid Nest, so I can’t wait
to see them move in here for nostalgic feels! Are you guys excited, too? Building ant homes like this is one of my
favourite things to do and so is moving ants in! It was finally time to give the Golden Empire
their new, well-deserved home! It was the next evening, and the creatures
of the Ant Room were winding down or winding up for the night. Our new vampire crabs could sense something
was up, and they were right, for above their crab island Vampiron, sat the Golden Empire’s
outworld. The Golden Empire was restless in their enclosure,
for they could feel something was slightly different tonight. More about that in a bit, but meanwhile the
Golden Empire’s new home lay just below waiting and ready to be populated. The glue had fully dried now and nest previously
hydrated. Now AC Family, here was the plan. The AC Outworld has been situated atop Vampiron’s
light fixture. This LED light fixture is currently set on
blue light. It can be set on blue or full blast in full
spectrum. My plan is to use heat to encourage the ants
to move out of this set up and into the new nest. The blue light has begun the warming process. It’s not hot, but just a bit warm to get the
ants to start feeling “antsy”… Hehe. Sorry, I just had to! But once this LED is turned on full-blast
it will start to get quite warm and the ants will begin to look for a new cooler place
to nest. Now see this water test tube here? I’ll be disconnecting it and place a long
tube which will run down to this hole here for entrance into the nest. And in case you were wondering what this second
hole is for, that’s just for a heating cable for those living in places with cold weather
needing to heat their ants or ants kept in an air-conditioned room. We won’t be using this. As for this hole, I’ll be removing the plug
and placing the ants’ water test tube in its place. The plug will be placed here for now. Here was the tube that would be the bridge
to their new lavish lair below! Alright, AC Family all was set! Are you ready to move the Golden Empire in? I know I am! Let’s do this! I plugged the tube into the nest hole, and
now to remove this test tube. I carefully slid it off and quickly secured
the tube in its spot. Thankfully, only one ant managed to jump out
during the swap, but I caught it and placed it back into the outworld. Instantly the ants began to make their way
down the tube and into the nest. Haha! Oh look how excited they are finding this
new strange space. I just love this part! And as planned, in goes the removed water
test tube into this hole. Alright and now to turn on the LED light to
full blast, and we’re done! Now let’s watch the ants as they move in to
the new home! Message of the new territories spread quickly
to members of the colony, causing inquiring ants to wander curiously down into the foreign
lands to check out the hype. Ants were also returning to the outworld to
spread the word that indeed there was a new place the colony might like to explore further. How I loved watching the ants explore the
tunnels of the new nest! As for the ants stationed in the water test
tube, they too had begun to explore the new home and had by now met up with ants coming
in from the main colony. The ants delighted as they explored every
little corner of the nest! It wasn’t long before it was clear that the
ants were now completely hyped about this rumored space that was a good candidate for
habitation, a place that was cooler, moist, comfortable and large. The ants carried these messages using pheromones,
biochemicals produced by their body, seeing as ants can’t communicate through voice. They also vibrated their bodies to excite
nearby ants. You could almost hear the ants conversing. Let’s see what all the hype is about. OMG, the rumors are true! It is an awesome place. I bet the space is still unsafe for the queen
and brood! It was important that the new potential space
be verified and quality checked by many ants before they decide to make an official move
just in case the new space turns out to be unfit or unsafe for any reason. This approval process was absolutely necessary
because imagine if they moved in and this space turned out to be an ant-eater’s den
or an ant-eating frog’s hangout or even another ant colony’s nest? I could tell the ants still hadn’t felt the
nest to be fit for habitation because the ants in the water test tube were still holding
the brood in place. We will know the ants have given their stamp
of approval once they start transporting the brood inside, but I was confident the time
would come when they fall in love with the territories. And to help speed this process up, it was
time to place the cover on top. Ants naturally love darkness in their nests,
so this would help deem the space nest-able! The crabs watched curiously from the shores
of Vampiron as the Golden Empire traveled to and from the Hybrid Nest delivering messages
and key geographical mapping info. The ants continued to vibrate their bodies
more and more and were probably releasing more approval pheromones to get all inquiring
ants excited so they could let the rest of the colony know that they should start a move. Major colony decisions are democratic in nature
and require campaigning, and look! It looks like the campaigning is working! One ant has decided to carry in a mature larva! But it looks like she’s keeping the larva
here for now. It seems she isn’t 100% convinced that the
newly chartered lands below are fit for the brood to be stored. I watched as she continued to wait for more
convincing information and perhaps a greater number of ants to give their stamps of approval. What you’re witnessing here AC Family, is
ant democracy at work! The crabs lost interest in this ant highway
pretty fast. As the outworld continued to heat up, ants
began to look for new cooler places to transport their brood. Ants in the sugar test tube were also showing
signs of agitation due to the heat. I knew it wouldn’t be long now until the ants
began their move… or at least that’s what I thought! Check out what I saw a few hours later. Returning to the nest, I was expecting to
see a full out emmigration operation under way. But instead, I saw this. A heated nest and tonnes of ants and brood
filling the tube. Looks like the ants had decided to live in
the tube for now. I bet the ants were still in the process of
approving the nest space. This generation of Golden Empire worker ants
were definitely picky! They clutched their brood and stationed themselves
in place as the approval process continued. They seemed happy in the tube for now, so
I was in no rush to force them to emmigrate into the nest we made for them. In cases like this, you want the ants to decide
on their own that a nest given to them is fit to live in. The ants know best when it is time for them
to set up shop. Perhaps the nest was too moist at the moment,
perhaps they just were still foreign to plastic walls? But then, what I spotted next made me hopeful. Looking into the water test tube, I could
tell a lot of the brood had been moved in. This meant, AC Family, that the ants had begun
to call at least parts of the Hybrid Nest home! After living safely in this outworld for so
long, I don’t blame them for being attached to the lands. If this was the case, I didn’t want to disturb
the ants at all, so instead of peeking into the Hybrid Nest, I decided to give the ants
their privacy and go to bed. And AC Family, waking up the next morning,
I checked up on the ants and you won’t believe what I saw. An almost empty outworld, and an almost empty
tube. Moving downwards towards the nest, I came
to a grouping of ants and brood, woah, a very large grouping of ants and brood! But are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Look! There! By the nest entrance stood the royal queen! And even more awesome nearby was, OMG another
queen! The quarantined colony had two queens! The reason this double queen revelation was
amazing news is because if you recall, this salvation operation from the mites, involved
quarantining one healthy queen and reintroducing her into the collected quarantined colony. We never really knew if there were other queens
in this collected colony, but we at least knew there was one healthy egg-laying queen
and that was all we needed to keep the colony going. But I guess we were lucky and the Golden Empire
had two queens. But hold on. It turns out there was more, AC Family! I opened to the Hybrid Nest to peek inside
and check out what I saw! Tonnes of ants and brood everywhere! The ants scurried about and hung out at different
sections of the nest, some carrying brood to and from various locations. It was so satisfying to see how the Golden
Empire had transformed this space into their new home! AC Family, it was clear the Golden Empire
loved it! They really, really loved it! And check out what else I spotted! Some ants had eclosed emerging from their
cocoons overnight as adult ants. See that light-coloured ant there? This new nest was their first experience of
life as adult ants. Can you imagine what this ant might be thinking
right now? Hey, so this was why you guys were rattling
me around all night! And as I looked around further, the biggest
shock of all! There! See her?! That large gaster? It’s a third queen huddled under all that
chaos! The Golden Empire had officially attained
3 healthy, egg-laying queens! But AC Family, that’s not all! A fourth queen spotted at this corner, with
workers carrying her newly laid eggs! Alright! But AC Family, that’s again not all! Could it be? Yes, a fifth queen there surrounded by workers
tending to her and plucking every egg she laid. I wondered if there were more queens huddled
somewhere in this darkness but either way judging from all the eggs the workers were
collecting, it was clear the Golden Empire was well on their road to recovery, and I
knew in my heart that they’d once again see the massive numbers they once knew. The initial Golden Empire had 7 queens, but
now we knew for sure they had at least 5 of those queens alive and laying. These queens were the originals, who have
seen the rise and fall and rise again of their supercolony. And look what else I spotted, here at this
corner! A male alate! The Golden Empire was producing reproductives! This was something I’ve never yet seen the
Golden Empire do so for sure this was a good sign of continued health, growth, and prosperity
to come! This entire sight and moment was truly magical
and moving for me, because it showed me first hand how persistent nature can be at surviving. Regardless of what hardships befell the Golden
Empire, regardless of what life threw at them, and in their past there have been many, these
ants have continued to thrive and fight on! It was this very display of vitality and vigor
in the face hardship, hostility, and seeming hopelessness that reminded me how all life
on Earth was made possible. I felt truly honoured to be able to witness
the journey these ants have been on with our own eyes, and to experience this moment of
the Golden Empire moving into this new home with you guys! They were an inspiration to keep fighting,
that anything was possible, and that anyone or anything could once again rise triumphantly
like a golden phoenix, even a colony of little ants. By night, I had fixed and completed the Golden
Empire’s set up. I fixed their outworld to look much more naturalistic,
to be their new outdoor living area where I’d be placing the food. The water test tube would continue to provide
the colony with fresh water, and the sugar test tube with the liquid carbs needed to
power the colony. And as is AC tradition, I gave them a house
warming gift of roach meat to welcome them home. We will continue to expand this setup as the
colony grows, and I look forward to giving them an absolutely massive kingdom in the
future. For now the Golden Empire was going to live
comfortably in their beautiful yet simple ant farm set up between the Arachno Sanctorium
and Vampiron. Long live the Golden Empire! Alright, AC Family, what do you think? Are you guys as happy as I am that the Golden
Empire is well on their way to recovery? Amazing to find out there are at least five
queens, though right? What a great surprise! There is still much more ahead in the Antiverse,
though, with the other ant kingdoms, so guys if you’re not subscribed yet, what are you
waiting for? Smash that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON
now so you don’t miss out in the real life drama of the inhabitants of the Ant Room. And don’t forget to hit the LIKE button every
single time, including now! It would really help a lot! Speaking of ants, it’s officially nuptial
flight season in the Northern Hemisphere, and a lot of you are catching queen ants now,
and in case you didn’t know, we’ve got all the top of the line ant keeping gear for you
ant keepers at all levels from beginner to advanced, as well as a tonne of new and exciting
products for the ant keeping community not available anywhere else, so head on over to
AntsCanada.com, and browse through our shop. We ship worldwide, and offer full email support
if you need us. We also have ant colonies with a queen available
in most regions so go check us out and pick up your ant farm kit and ant gear today! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to watch extended play footage of the Golden Empire moving in
to their new home all to the sounds of relaxing music. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Name one of the materials used
to build the island of Vampiron. There were several correct answers, but congratulations
to KittyKat11 who correctly answered: Filter Foam. Congratulations, KittyKat11, you just won
a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What did we use to
move the Golden Empire into the new Hybrid Nest? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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Ant Cam POV: What It’s Like to Be a Yellow Crazy Ant

Ant Cam POV: What It’s Like to Be a Yellow Crazy Ant


Wow! Guys, ever wonder what it’s like to be an
ant? Like I mean get down to their level and size
and see what they see, stand among them, check out their microworld and experience the ant
perspective? Well, today we do exactly that, by watching
my yellow crazy ant super colony, called the Golden Empire, move into their specially designed
formicarium, and during this move, the ants are up front and center, literally in our
faces and tickling us with their antennae! You’re in for a big surprise so do keep on
watching until the very end of this video! AC Family, today we enter the Golden Empire’s
ant farm setup for a never before peek at the giant lives of these crazy ants, here
on the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUSBCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL ICON! Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Behold the most fortified encampment of the
Golden Empire, the queens’ quarters. If you look into the middle of all this chaos
you will see one queen there, another queen there on the right, and a third one lies somewhere
deeper here. Pretty cool that the Queens quarters are so
close to the surface at the moment that we can actually get to film them! You can even see one worker carrying a batch
of eggs right there. The Golden Empire here currently has at least
5 egg-laying queens, who all share the duties of laying the colony’s eggs. The fact that this colony has multiple queens
is pretty special in the ant world, as not all ants allow multiple queens living together
in harmony. There’s a fourth queen there being tended
to by an entourage of workers making sure she’s comfortable and protected. And wow! Looks like the fifth queen is also above ground
with a loyal worker hoisting up the batch of eggs she’s laid today. But something is different, and the fact that
all these queens are not in the nest, but instead, are above ground in their outworld,
is definitely out of the ordinary. AC Family, the colony is preparing for something
major, and it’s to happen very soon. But in order to understand what and why this
major event is about to happen, you must first understand what this colony has been through. If you’re new to the channel, the Golden Empire
here, this cute multi-queen yellow crazy ant supercolony is one of the OG ant colonies
of this channel, and has probably been through the most challenges of any ant colony I’ve
ever owned. They’re actually rehabilitating at the moment,
after having experienced a mass apocalypse, literally not even kidding! You see at one point they were a massive,
glorious colony of millions, but were unexpectedly hit by a lethal plague of blood-sucking mites
which reduced them to just a few hundreds. I was able to save a small population and
put them into quarantine, where I treated their vampiric body mites with predatory Hypoaspis
mites harvested from rhino beetles. We managed to recover five queens and the
colony has since continued to grow in numbers since their mass culling and following mite
cleanse. And so, I’m happy to announce that today the
colony is healthy and has grown nicely into their Hybrid Nest Outworld setup, and therefore
are ready for an additional expansion to their living space, and that AC Family brings me
to why these queens and all the workers seem to be preparing for a major operation, one
that will surely blow your mind as it did mine. It actually also has to do with the very big
surprise I mentioned at the start of this video! Hang tight, because the most incredible event
and footage we’ve ever shot on this channel is about to happen in just a few moments! Check this out, AC Family! What you see here is dried up sphagnum moss. It’s actually the hydration layer to the Golden
Empire’s Hybrid Nest ant farm. I’ve stopped watering this hydration layer,
and as a result, if you look into the Hybrid Nest, you’ll notice that the ants have completely
moved out. They simply treat this space like walking
area, and not nest area. These tunnels and chambers used to house the
majority of the colony, but because the space got a bit too dry for their liking, the colony
decided to move out and into their outworld where it was a bit more moist. It was all part of my plan! So once the majority of the colony was moved
into the outworld, I also stopped watering the outworld, not to the point where they
were suffering, but just enough for them to feel it was time for them to pick up the colony
and move to greener and wetter pastures. And that, AC Family, is what is about to happen
now. The Golden Empire is eager to move, all according
to plan! AC Family, behold the newest hi-tech ant real
estate, I am adding to the Golden Empire’s set up! It’s called an Ant Tower, but our newest large
version! It’s a state-of-the-art, 2-in-1 nest + outworld
ant farm enclosure, which I feel the Golden Empire will truly love and benefit from! Let me show you how it works! It’s an upright, dirt nest formicarium that
stands 9.5 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Picking it up, you’ll see that it’s cylindrical,
with a perforated top, and an interesting shape, but trust me, the design is pretty
sweet for housing an ant colony. Let’s take a look at the cover, which pops
off and is covered with microholes for ventilation. The microholes make for good ventilation but
are small enough to keep any outside wild ants from breaking in to invade, and trust
me, I’ve been there so I know full well just how important that is! It is designed so you can put your barrier
underneath or along the top of the Ant Tower. There’s also a feeding chute that pops right
off for easy feeding without having to remove the entire cover. Here you will notice there are three ports. These two large holes are entrance ports,
into which you can insert any of the two perforated plugs that fit snugly in, or a test tube adapter
in case you have an ant colony starting up in one of our ant test tubes. It just makes for easy moving of a budding
ant colony into the Ant Tower. In our case however we will be needing this
large vinyl tube which attaches snugly into the port hole without glue. This little perforated hole here is for attaching
a standard aquarium air pump in case you need a bit of air circulation inside the Ant Tower. Looking into the Ant Tower now, a rounded
barricade slides out which is normally used for smaller ants, but if you’re housing larger
ants, its removal creates a greater space for the ants to create their chambers and
tunnels between the inner and outer walls of the ant farm. The ants basically are forced to build their
nest tunnels and chambers up against the wall where you can see them. Sometimes it takes awhile, but as the colony
grows larger so do their tunnels and chambers, giving you more access into their nest Finally, the magic of this formicarium is
how it is hydrated. This hydration ring pops out and if you look
carefully there are microholes through which the water enters via capillary action, from
this water ring tub here. You can fill this space up with cotton or
whatever hydration medium you choose, or simply leave it empty if you wish. Water rises up into the digging medium, therby
providing the ants moisture. So on goes the lid… And there you have it! Our Ant Tower Large, available only at our
website AntsCanada.com. I’m truly excited to move the Golden Empire
into this! Alright, AC Family, enough talk. Let’s decorate this bad boy! First, I needed to add a layer of activated
carbon, not something that is required, but a precaution I’ve been doing lately to ensure
the soils remain nice and clean of toxins or poisonous elements. It also ensures there aren’t harmful trace
metals in the water soaking into the digging medium. Next, I added my soil, and with a trowel packed
the dirt down nicely into the spaces all around the central barricade. And after an hour of work, this is what the
Ant Tower habitat looked like. AC Family, behold, the newly decorated Ant
Tower and future addition to the kingdom of the Golden Empire! Isn’t it just cute? I absolutely love it! Let me show you around! But first, let me spray this little piece
of carefully crafted nature with some water to moisten the lands in preparation for the
ants soon. I truly love the dimension and shape of this
living, bioactive space. The plants and mosses used here, in what is
actually a mini terrarium are alive and beautiful, and will help create a very naturalistic home
for the Golden Empire. I used vein plants as the primary plant and
live java moss for ornamental ground cover. I’ve covered the ground in leaf litter and
wood chips to help give a naturalistic feel. The plants and tiny soil creatures living
here will feed on and thereby help break down the ants’ waste keeping everything within
this enclosed living space clean and cycling. So what do you think? Do you think the Golden Empire will like this
new home we’ve created for them? And so, AC Family, the moment we’ve all been
waiting for. Without further adieu, it’s time to move the
ants into their new home! You’re in for a treat, guys! The footage you’re about to see, was some
of the greatest footage I’ve ever captured in the history of this channel! First, I needed to add baby powder to the
inside of the lid. Though I choose for this to be one of those
forever enclosed terrariums, I still added some dry baby powder just in case I needed
to open the chute during the move for whatever reason. Next, I filled the bottom tub with water so
the entire nest would be hydrated. Now the entire environment was perfectly moist
and ready for the ants. OK AC Family, and now for the best part! What will make this move unlike any you’ve
ever seen and any we’ve ever filmed on this channel, is tonight we will get to see what
it is like from the ants’ perspective with a tiny microcamera planted inside their moving
tube! You guys have asked for this for years, and
finally, I’ve managed to make it happen! So cool right? I know! Just wait until you see the ants like you’ve
never seen them before! Here we go, AC Family, connecting the tube
at the Ant Tower port! And now to connect the tube into the Hybrid
Nest to give the colony access to their new home addition. Ready? 1 – 2 – 3! Attached! It wasn’t long before a curious ant started
to wander up into the tube, and enter the unchartered territories of the Ant Tower. I loved watching it explore the lands, then
return to the nest to call the entire gang! Little by little word began to spread of the
new fertile lands that lay just beyond this new strange tube that had been connected to
their territories, sending more and more ants to scout the new lands and verify that indeed
this was an ideal place into which the colony should move. Which then gave us the perfect opportunity
to get down to their size level and spy on them moving in! AC Family, time to enjoy some Golden Empire
Big Brother! The ants began to move into the Ant Tower
but also came up to check on the camera. Isn’t it crazy! This view at this micro size gave me chills,
in a good way. How about you? Oh my! It’s almost like their antennae are tickling
me! Hahahah! What we were seeing here was what it was like
to be a part of the Golden Empire move from I guess an ant’s perspective! It wasn’t long before these new territories
were the talk of the kingdom, and more and more ants started to scope their future home. I loved watching them climb the rocks, scale
the walls, and explore every little square centimeter of the lands. I knew just by looking at them that the move
was official and under way! A few hours later, this was what the tube
looked like! Whoa! Look at that traffic! Ahhhhh isn’t this crazy, AC Family? Look at them, they’re just in a complete mass. Seeing them at this level was pretty incredible
because it made me appreciate how effective their communication must be. Imagine, they all are on the same page seeing
as they all communicate via pheromones, and there are always multiple messages floating
around, but the ants despite this chaos of legs, antennae, and ant bodies all shuffling
about, seem to manage carrying out any operations they need pulled off? Seeing the ants like this completely blew
my mind! Here’s a bit of a time lapse! If you look carefully, you can see that several
mites have also come through the tube from their main nest, but I think these are friendly
mites, that feed on the ants’ waste. Now check out what the tube looked like several
hours later! Whoa! They created a cocoon pile! Wow I have never before seen ant cocoons up
this close and personal! There’s even a larva there in the pile, and
it seems to be busy in the process of spinning a cocoon casing! How awesome! I believe turning the light on in the tube
area for filming alarmed the ants and so they began transporting the brood pile out of the
area. And hey look! What a surprise! There’s a Hypoaspis mite, the mite species
that cleansed the Golden Empire of their lethal blood-sucking mites! Incredible to think that not only were the
ants moving into the new location, but their microscopic friends and soil allies were,
too! I felt this was such an incredible opportunity,
watching the Golden Empire for the very first time in this very way special way! It brought me a newfound appreciation for
these incredible golden ants we’ve cared for, and come to love for over three, at times
challenging, but always awesome years. 24 hours later, this is what I saw. A lot of the colony had moved into the Ant
Tower, and look! They completely redecorated! Haha! Ah well, I guess this was expected though,
right? I was totally fine with them customizing the
living space as they saw fit. They had totally burrowed into the soils and
created some massive ant hills within the Ant Tower. I expect the plants to survive though and
the lands to take shape over time. This entire move filled me with such joy because
I knew the Golden Empire here, though enduring such a difficult past, was well on the road
to recovery now to eventually rise once again into the glorious ant kingdom they once were. This additional ant tower will allow the colony
to have more nest space to house their growing population, the queens, and babies. I tried to stay up to catch the queens moving
into the new lands, but sadly, I fell asleep before I could catch them. They also haven’t dug up against the walls
yet, but I expect them to very soon! I’m in no rush to see all these things right
away. I’m only here to care for the ants and observe
what the ants allow me to see, and honestly, what we saw today was sensory overload enough! It felt as though for once, for a moment,
I was part of the Golden Empire, standing among them during such a large scale operation,
which I otherwise would have only been able to witness as giant from the outside trying
to make out the ants through a vinyl tubing wall. AC Family, I appreciate with all my heart
that you were here to join us. I’ll see you next week, and remember, it’s
ant love forever! AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? I couldn’t believe we were able to film what
we filmed today in that tube! Crazy right?! Hey, another very intense video is up ahead
next week, where we feed something very draconian to the Fire Nation. You won’t believe how they ants ravage the
corpse, so you know what to do! Smash that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON
now for notifications, so you don’t miss out on the epic ant footage seen nowhere else
but here! And don’t forget to hit the LIKE button every
single time, including now! It would really help a lot! Speaking of ants, it’s approaching the end
of nuptial flight season in the Northern Hemisphere, and a lot of you are catching queen ants now,
and in case you didn’t know, we’ve got all the top of the line ant keeping gear for you
ant keepers at all levels from beginner to advanced, as well as a tonne of new and exciting
products for the ant keeping community not available anywhere else, so head on over to
AntsCanada.com, and browse through our shop. We ship worldwide, and offer full email support
if you need us. We also have ant colonies with a queen available
in most regions, so go check us out and pick up your ant farm kit and ant gear today! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to watch the full, extended play close up footage of the ants
within the tube! It’s such a trip and you don’t want to miss
it, so check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What was I looking for, the following morning,
to tell if queen ants had mated in my room? Congratulations to Victor Aina who correctly
answered: You were looking for broken
off wings on the floor. Congratulations, Victor, you just won a free
e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What other creatures other than the ants
did we spot moving into the Ant Tower? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this video to help us keep making more. It’s ant love forever!

ANGEL OF DEATH: Why I Sent a Creature to Kill My Ants

ANGEL OF DEATH: Why I Sent a Creature to Kill My Ants


I’m left with no choice. I have to kill them, all the survivors within
this terrarium, called the Hacienda Del Dorado, need to be extinguished. If you watched our video last week, we performed
a very critical biological experiment, the results of which could possibly reveal answers
on how to save the Golden Empire, the name of our once powerful and massive supercolony
of yellow crazy ants, who have out of nowhere this year, have been nightmarishly reduced
to crippled numbers by an outbreak of vile, ant blood-sucking mites, which continue to
annihilate their population. So much relied on the results of this experiment
to save the colony, where we tested to see if predatory Hypoaspis mites collected from
one of our rhino beetles, would eat these bad mites on our ants. If they did, this could be the answer to save
our beloved Golden Empire, whom we’ve cared for and watched grow for years. Well, guys, this week, the results of the
experiment have come in, and you won’t believe what I found out, which ultimately lead me
to pursue one last and grim option, in order to save every single ant colony and creature
in the entire Ant Room. I even needed more help from Rhino Beetles,
who were now arriving more and more, preparing to partake in the up coming 2019 Rhino Beetle
Games. If you’re new here, and are confused by all
this, don’t worry. Hang tight because I’ll explain everything. You’re about to witness and partake in the
unfolding of a very intense and epic story. I did everything I could, studied all options,
and so today to save the Antiverse from peril, I had to make the toughest decision in the
history of the Ant Room: to release an Angel of Death in order to kill them all. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Big and bright neon orange eyes, will help
this fruit fly get all it needs from this, the Bowl of Life, which has become the talk
of the town among the fruit fly community, as the newest hotspot for delicious food,
and today at the Bowl of Life, they’re serving the ultimate fruit fly favourite, giant banana,
prepared soft, rotting, and brown just the way they like it. But not only does this giant banana offer
nourishment for the gregarious fruit flies, but it also functions as a place for romantic
hookups! A male fruit fly is hot in pursuit of this
female, and he’s determined to woo her, and hopefully make her the mother of his maggots. She fluffs her wings in his face, driving
him mad with fruit fly love and passion, and then she stops. His moment has come! He’s moving in… Ok, maybe not. Like a kid trying to hop in to double dutch,
he calculates the right time to make his advance, as she wing wafts pheromones in his face. He’s got to get the timing just right or he’ll
lose her. It’s his time now, his moment to fulfill his
ultimate destiny, and pass on his genetic legacy and… Oh! Wait! She’s gone, thanks to a boisterous gang that
came barging in on their moment. So is the life of a fruit fly in the Bowl
of Life. But beyond just being the coolest new millennial
fruit fly hang out, it’s also an important source of nourishment for some other hungry
individuals in the Antiverse, who are each waiting for their share from the Bowl of Life,
and no, it’s not just any of these rhino beetle Gladiators. Excuse me, fruit flies, I just need to borrow
some of these to feed a couple of new arrivals. So as you may or may not know, these chambers
contain rhino beetles who are about to compete in the 2019 Rhino Beetle Games, an Olympic
competition of sorts we’re having here in the Antiverse, but we aren’t able to start
until all the beetles, particularly the males have arrived. We’re all still waiting for the full fleet
of able-bodied Gladiators to emerge. So, so far we’ve been warming up Apollo, Dionysus,
and Poseidon while waiting for the others, and so many of you have chosen one of these
as your bets to win the Rhino Beetle Games. But for those of you’ve been patiently waiting
for your particular Gladiator to make their debut, I think you may be very pleased to
see who finally emerged above ground this week. And little did these unsuspecting Rhino Beetles
know, that aside from the Games, they were also about to fulfill a very monumental purpose
at preserving life in the entire Antiverse into which they were born. It’s night in the Antiverse, and our male
Gladiators are waiting to be fed. Poseidon, always the last to wake up, Dionysus,
waiting patiently in the corner, and Apollo. But upon watching these three boys over the
next few moments, I noticed something quite peculiar. Have a look! They seemed less interested in feeding on
this night. Something was distracting them. Dionysus, proud with his enormous horn, stood
still, half emerged from the soil, as one of his Hypoaspis mites patrolled his face,
making sure it was clean of all bad parasitic creatures. Not interested in eating tonight, Dionysus? What could you be waiting for? Even more peculiar was Apollo. Check him out! He was moving his abdomen, as if he was breathing
funny, or perhaps maybe trying to stridulate? Or OMG, wafting some pheromones into the air
perhaps? The beetles knew something, and you know what? AC Family, they most certainly did. The arrival of the maidens had finally come,
beautiful and smoothly-curved female rhino beetles, who’d spent their entire lives underground
were finally coming up to the surface on their own, to taste what life is like in the Overworld. But turns out, the ladies hated our lights
and dove right back into the soil. No worries, because like the other three beetles,
they’ll begin to learn that we mean no harm, and they’ll soon become accustomed to the
foreign brightness called light. As for their names, Aphrodite and Hera are
our two newest Rhino Beetle arrivals. The presence of the females clearly were driving
our Gladiators crazy, and funny enough, guys, check this out! It seems the feeling of attraction was mutual! The females had their fill of bananas and
were now totally OK with being in the light. I suspected, they could smell the males just
nearby and were wanting to check them out. Could it be that our dashing Dionysus, was
the apple of Aphrodite’s eye, or rather antennae? Team Dionysus, cheer on your boy! Aphrodite, seemed totally uninterested in
sleeping underground even at this morning hour. Hera, as well, was busy trying to find her
way to the males. This strong drive for the females to seek
males, who in the wild, would be sparring for the right to mate with them, helps these
females survive, because its the males who seek out and defend the best feeding grounds,
and its these champion males who will breed with them and ensure the best genes get passed
on to the next generation. That is essentially the premise of our upcoming
Rhino Beetle Games. The winner, wins unlimited food, protection
in our Antiverse, and gorgeous females to mate with. Now I know what you may be thinking: AntsCanada,
can we get to the results of our critical experiment already? We’ve waited all week, and what’s this crazy
talk of an Angel of Death? Alright AC Family, promise, that’s coming
up in just a bit, but first, there’s something else I need to show you. Aphrodite and Hera were not the only rhino
beetle arrivals this week. So many of you have waited for this one to
arrive, Team Ares, sound off in the comments for your Gladiator, who’s finally come to
join us. The lights as normal were bothering him, since
he was fresh-out-the-mulch, but check out that solid build and beautiful elytra, and
long solid horn. Ares was ready to take all! And a whole lot of you had also chosen this
Gladiator as your champion for the games, Team Zeus, sound off in the comments to cheer
the arrival of your Gladiator! He was extra quick at diving below ground
as soon as I entered the Ant Room. Exceptional digging skills! We’ll be seeing more of him later. As for the others, Team Hephaestus, it seems
your Gladiator still needs more time to solidify and charge. I expect he’ll be arriving very shortly, so
hang tight just a little bit more. Team Hades, all of you rooting for the underdog,
and youngest of the batch, I have some exciting news for you! Look who’s finally emerged from his pupa! Hades is out, a full adult male rhino beetle,
but like the other rhino beetles, he’ll need a couple weeks still to harden, get his blood
flowing properly, and appetite building. One last female, Athena is still on her way,
as well. But once Hephaestus and Hades finally arrive,
we’ll be able to begin the Rhino Beetle Games, which we’ve all anxiously been waiting for. Alright now that that update is out of the
way, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The results of our experiment where we tested
to see if a pair of predatory Hypoaspis mites, collected from Apollo last week, could eradicate
the lethal, blood-sucking parasitic mites from our Golden Empire. Here we go, AC Family. So I made sure to check up on the ants every
day. At first, there was no change. All the ants with mites still had mites. But on the third day, something crazy had
happened within our test tubes. Here are both our test tubes, into which we
placed two mite-infected ants and one healthy ant into each. One of the test tubes contained a pair of
Hypoaspis mites. We hoped this Hypoaspis test tube would reveal
a disappearance of the parasitic mites, because if so, it meant we could use the Hypoaspis
mite as an effective biological weapon to save our Golden Empire from dying out at the
claws of the parasitic mites. So, are you guys ready to find out what happened? OK, I picked up and checked the control test
tube, first. This test tube contained just the two mite-infected
ants and one healthy ant. No Hypoaspis mites. Now check out what I saw, guys! To my surprise it contained one mite-infected
ant, OK, one mite-free ant, alright, and a dead ant. Hmmm… Upon closer inspection, this dead ant still
had a mite attached to it. Alright, it likely died from the mite. And now for the moment of truth. It was time to check our test test tube, and
see if the Hypoaspis mites had done what we’d hoped. My heart was racing checking up on the results. A dead ant, mite-free. I suppose the healthy, mite-free ant must
have died naturally? I checked the others. OMG, are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Two mite-free ants! WOW! AC family, can you believe it? Our experiment worked. It seems the Hypoaspis mites had eaten the
parasitic mites on our ants! This was just incredible! I believe I shouted out for joy the moment
I saw this. There was actually hope for the Golden Empire. It was now time to move on to the next phase. It was time for Project Quarantine. Initially, given the results of the experiment
were favourable and the Hypoaspis mites ended up eating the bad parasitic mites, my plans
were to introduce as many Hypoaspis mites I could safely harvest from our beetles and
place them into the Hacienda Del Dorado. But after careful thought, I realized this
wasn’t the best course of action because the Hacienda Del Dorado was so big, and even if
I could collect say 10-20 Hypoaspis mites, how could I be sure they would eventually
make their way to the infected ant populations, who were away in hiding in who knows where
in these vast lands. For the experiment, the Hypoaspis mites were
forced to feed on the parasitic mites because they were in an enclosed space and simply
had no choice, but to eat the parasitic mites. But what was to stop the Hypoaspis mites from
feeding on the plethora of soil creatures that we saw, existed in excess within the
Hacienda Del Dorado? It would be a literal buffet for the Hypoaspis
mites, and meanwhile, time was not on our side, as our Golden Empire was dying at an
alarming rate. So, I came up with an even better idea. First, I filled up a dish with baby powder. You’re about to see how ant keepers make an
ant barrier. Next, I added some rubbing alcohol, and mixed
it all up using some cotton balls. Once the mixture reached a runny glue-like
substance, I then proceeded to cover this plastic lip with the barrier. The lip belongs to this AC Outworld, which
by the way, for those curious about our specially designed ant keeping products at AntsCanada.com
also comes with a full cover once ants are in, which we’ll be needing soon. Next, now back when I was tearing apart and
rearranging the Hacienda Del Dorado last week, I did notice that a lot of ants were entering
and exiting this area around one of the bromeliads. Well, upon further inspection, turns out there
were actually a tonne of ants inside. It was definitely one of their hideouts! You’ll be shocked at just how many were inside
in a second. Next, I needed some virgin soils, soils that
didn’t contain springtails, nor worms, nor isoppods. It needed to be as critter-free as possible,
so that any Hypoaspis mites would not be able to deviate from their parasitic mite diet
we’re hoping they’ll take on once introduced. This here is a bed of orchid compost, free
of little critters. Placing in a funnel, and check out all the
ants I managed to shake out of the bromeliad bag. Woahhh! Isn’t that insane?! Tonnes of brood and lots and lots of ants. It seems that bromeliad was where most of
them were living. A few ants escaped as they crawled up my hand
and all over the paper funnel, but I managed to get most of them in, and did my best to
brush them all inside, all while keeping as much dirt as possibly I could, from falling
into the setup, lest I introduce any micro soil creatures into this setup. I replaced the bromeliad. And now we had an AC Outworld full of our
surviving Golden Empire, some infected with mites, but from the looks of things, it seemed
many of them were still healthy. Now I wasn’t sure if I had managed to capture
a queen in this Golden Empire collection, but last week, a lot of you guys brought up
the idea of capturing the queen that appeared in last week’s video. She was mite-free, and could possibly help
found a new mite-free colony of her own. I was so happy with you who posted this suggestion,
because it seems great minds think alike! I did collect this Golden Empire queen, to
place in isolation, just for insurance. I captured her, along with a few workers. The only problem was some of these workers
were infected with mites! Look at this one. The poor girl had three mites feasting on
her blood! So I had to change her entourage, to make
sure she would be tended to by non-infected workers, and coincidentally, it just so happened
that I already had the perfect test tube and VIP entourage ready and waiting for her. When I placed the queen into our test test
tube from our experiment, she was greeted by our clean workers who were thrilled to
see their queen again, after being separated from the colony for three whole days while
under our experimentation, and look, one of the Hypoaspis mites even came to check out
our queen’s leg, just to make sure she was clean! I bet it could pick up ambient parasitic mite
scent from her body. Very cool! So I plan for this queen to remain in confinement
with her fully capable entourage, in the safety of this test tube, for the time being, just
in case, something goes wrong with her main colony which we’re trying to cleanse. Next, it was time for the Rhino Beetles to
contribute to the Golden Empire’s salvation. I created a test tube setup full of honey-water. I then went in to every chamber and took the
time to collect one Hypoaspis mite from each of our rhino beetle arrivals, except for Apollo
who donated two of his last week. It was nice to be able to get a close look
at all the rhino beetles this time. Have a look at Zeus’ colour! Wow! I took each mite and placed them carefully
into the honey-water test tube setup. I then attached this test tube, using an AC
Test Tube adapter into the AC Outworld to introduce the Hypoaspis mites to our Golden
Empire quarantine. As the ants came rushing in to visit the test
tube to drink and feed from the honey-water, the Hypoaspis mites could now inspect every
member passing by, and hopefully, feed on any parasitic mites on ants taking a drink. The Hypoaspis mites will be able to have free
roam within the AC Outworld to inspect each member of the colony and hopefully multiply. The Hypoaspis mites were the Golden Empire’s
last hope for survival. This population of ants was already big enough
to have a good restart, once they were clean. But now that Phase 2: Project Quarantine was
complete, AC Family, it’s now time to show you what I had planned for Phase 3, and I
think you guys may not find it pretty. Behold, the new Hacienda Del Dorado, still
beautiful as ever, changed but still beautiful. It’s quiet. The majority of the Golden Empire has been
removed and placed in quarantine, but there are still some survivors seen struggling to
move about. This worker is completely weakened from its
mite drinking all its blood. This ant, with a mite stuck firmly onto its
leg, struggles to scale this vertical dirt surface. It was hard to watch. I wondered what I was going to do with these
remaining ants. I considered adding these infected ants into
the quarantine, because in my books, every ant counts, but upon further thought, I felt
this might not be the best idea to save the Golden Empire. I still wasn’t sure if the Hypoaspis mites
would do their job effectively on time, and adding more parasitic mites into a colony
that already seemed hopeful, could spell the Golden Empire’s doom. I resolved at first to just let these surviving
ants die out, until there would be no ants left for the parasitic mites to feed on. But then, I realized, oh no! This was not a good idea. What if these parasitic mites, once finished
with their host ant, i.e. the ant dies, move on to find more ants. If there was already a parasitic mite population
in the Hacienda Del Dorado, what stops the mites then from picking up, crawling out of
the Hacienda Del Dorado and into the enclosures of my other ant colonies neighbouring these
lands. I also don’t actually know that these mites
only infect ants. What if they are also able to parasitize our
tarantula and feeder roaches? Suddenly, it was no longer just a matter of
life and death for the Golden Empire, but now it was a widespread biological hazard,
regarding every ant colony and creature in the Ant Room! When the implications came to me, I panicked. And that, AC Family, is how I came to a decision
that was hard for me to make. I’m left with no choice. I have to kill them. All the survivors within this terrarium, called
the Hacienda Del Dorado, need to be extinguished! AC Family, it was time for Phase 3: Project
Cloverfield. The release of an Angel of Death, to completely
kill all surviving ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado, before the mites decide to spread
to our other ant kingdoms. Excuse me, fruit fly milennials. I’ll be needing some of this, to prepare for
the arrival of our new Angel of Death, which lays inside here. Man, I hate to do this to you guys, but this
chain of events gets more and more intense as it unfolds! Are you guys as freaked out as I am? Things are getting crazier and crazier, but
I’ll be sure to let you know the progress of our recovering Golden Empire in quarantine,
and reveal all details of Phase 3: Project Cloverfield in next week’s episode. Can you guess what our Angel of Death creature
is, that we’re about to send in? Guys, be sure to smash that subscribe button
and bell icon now, so you get notified at every single upload and find out in next week’s
episode, and hit the like button every single time, including now. If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like clues as to what creature the Angel of Death we’re unleashing
into the Hacienda Del Dorado is. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why did I choose Apollo to
participate in our experiment? Congratulations to Matthew Brian Filisilda
who correctly answered: Apollo was chosen since his name is from
the Greek God of Medicine and Plagues. Congratulations, Matthew Brian, you just won
a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why couldn’t we just let the remaining ants
within the Hacienda Del Dorado die out? Leave your answer in the comments section
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My Ants Are Learning

My Ants Are Learning


Oh man! My Yellow Crazy Ants are showing some alarming
signs of learning, and I’m not sure what to make of it! Behold the Hacienda Del Dorado, the massive
terrarium and home of our yellow crazy ants, a colony you have voted to be called the Golden
Empire. Initially, I knew ants were intelligent creatures,
but I didn’t think they were capable of learning and remembering to the extent you will see
in this video! If you’ve been following our Golden Empire
for awhile, you will surely be impressed with how they now deal with food placed into their
territories! Also, a lot of you have been asking for an
update on the praying mantis that we added a couple months ago into this terrarium in
attempts to control the ants’ population? Well, this week, we update you on that as
well as other inhabitants of the Hacienda Del Dorado, and even make a crazy discovery:
a cool, massive hideout the Golden Empire has been secretly working on without us knowing! Ant intelligence will astound you today, and
I promise you won’t want to miss any of it, so keep on watching until the end. Gather ’round, AC Family and let’s marvel
at how evolved the collective colony mind of our Golden Empire has become, as we take
a tour of the new Hacienda Del Dorado, in this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Tired of nature cannels not showing nature
shows? Just watch this channel. Enjoy. Of all our creations on this channel, none
are as impressive as our Hacienda Del Dorado, a world which is home to our Golden Empire,
and a booming community of plants and animals. It’s amazing to think that this 75 gallon
terrarium which used to look like this, has grown and taken on a life of its own. If you look at a single spot, you will notice
that this place is in fact home to a variety of neat creatures. Let’s have a look. If we take a moment to stare here, we will
find not only ants, but baby millipedes, which were born from adults we introduced a few
months back to feed on and control our plants. By the way, AC Family, please take the time
to vote for an official name for this population of millipedes by voting on this ipoll here. These were my Top 5 name suggestions from
you the AC Family from a past video! We also see Springtails, a colony which you
have called the Springcleaners which live cooperatively with the ants as they feed on
the ants’ garbage, and hey, this is new! Check it out, AC Family. We also have woodlice in here! Woah! That is awesome. Woodlice are small crustaceans belonging to
the Order Isopoda, and they feed mostly on decaying plant matter. They would definitely be a helpful creature
in these territories because they eat and break down wilted leaves or fallen cuttings
from the plants I trim. I have no idea how woodlice ended up in the
Hacienda Del Dorado, but it is super cool to see that they have established themselves
here. Leave your suggested names for the woodlice
in the comments! We’ll vote on a name in a future video. But of course, the coolest animals to watch
in the Hacienda Del Dorado are our yellow crazy ants, the Golden Empire, whose workers
scramble about non-stop to and frow working around the clock, constructing and repairing
the nest, delivering messages, caring and transporting the young, and searching for
food. And how timely, as it’s now feeding time. This colony is amazing to watch eat, but this
time, they show some pretty amazing strategies at handling their large prey items. It seems the ants have learned from experience! Let’s watch what happens when I place a precrushed
cockroach into the terrarium here. Workers of the Golden Empire begin to swarm
the cockroach, but what’s amazing is the ants do not enter panic mode like they used to
at feeding time. In the past, the ants used to go into a sort
of feeding frenzy, biting and spraying formic acid on any prey falling into their clutches. But now, it seems the ants have learned from
past experience of previous feedings that these precrushed cockroaches are nothing to
panic too much over. Now the ants’ focus seems to be less on subduing
these precrused cockroaches and more on strategy. This is totally awesome that the ants have
matured in their understanding of prey management over time, and know now when to expend their
valuable energy. What you’re about to see next, AC Family will
truly blow your mind. Let’s watch what the Golden Empire does next
with this roach. Although the cockroach is pre-crushed and
split at the abdomen, it is still capable of movement due to the roach’s ganglia, or
brain centers being distributed down the center of its body. Since the ganglia are still in tact, the legs
and breathing functions in the roach are still operable. More ants in the immediate area are notified
of the presence of the roach, and more workers are called to the site for more help and ant
power. The cockroach kicks and moves as the ants
continue to swarm, but instead of becoming triggered and fighting back, the ants cleverly
use this kicking to their advantage. As if they’d done this many times before,
the workers carefully and swiftly begin to dig at the earth below the cocroach, to widen
the tunnels of their nest. Ants start to carry pieces of soil out from
beneath the kicking cockroach. Check out their amazing execution. Eventually, with a wider entrance, and the
ants guiding the kicking cockroach down a carefully calculated slope, the cockroach
slides right into one of the Golden Empire’s nest chambers, where the ants are then able
to further break down and feed on the cockroach without having to worry about other predators
stealing their bounty. Isn’t that just incredible? The way these ants dealt with this cockroach
is just utter genius. The collective intelligence of ants is truly
mind-blowing, but what’s interesting to me here is that the ants have seemed to have
learned to keep a cool head during this entire process! They don’t go crazy at feeding time anymore. Would you see this as evidence of ant learning? Now a lot of you have been asking about what
happened to the praying mantis we added a couple months ago as a population control
agent for the Golden Empire. Well, the last time I saw the mantis was a
few weeks ago. It seems to be really good at hiding within
the foliage of the terrarium. Let’s have a look around now. The
plant life in the Hacienda Del Dorado is just amazing and makes it hard to locate our mantis! I couldn’t see it, but did you? Time and time again, your eyes prove to be
better than mine so if you spotted her in this video let me know in the comments along
with a time stamp so we can all see! Among all the other plants, the ficus truly
is winning in the competition for survival. Sadly, though, it seems it has successfully
outcompeted other plants we placed in here. Take our carnivorous pitcher plants for instance
which we planted a few months back, also as an attempt to control our Golden Empire’s
population. Despite dilligently providing it with light
and distilled water, it seems both pitcher plants failed to survive. I don’t know if it was the ficus choking it
of essential light and water or if it was the ant colony constantly mining the soil
beneath it, but the carnivorous plants now exist as brown wilted dying plant sticks. As I looked around some more for evidence
of the mantis, I came across a space I never thought to check for the longest time. The west side of Hacienda Del Dorado, lay
shrouded in darkness beneath the dense climbing carpet of ficus. I was surprised to see this darkened area,
as initially when the ficus wasn’t so space monopolizing, this area was exposed to the
outside, but looking into this dark spot now, I was surprised to discover this. Wow! It was a large cavity, full of ant activity. Ants rushed around, excavating tunnels, building
ant hills, and even transporting food. This ant here is carrying a piece of quinoa! Yes, I feed my ants quinoa. It seems the growing of the ficus has resulted
in a neat change in the environment of areas like this, creating amazing microclimates. This huge secret cavity has a much more stable
humidity level than other exposed parts of the terrarium, because the overlaying plant
cover and wood, keeps all that awesome humidity inside this cavernous area. It is no surprise, the Golden Empire has taken
advantage of this huge climate-controled space, and I wouldn’t be surprised if our 8 queens
also lived here. Perhaps the ants have made this VIP territory. I wonder how many other secret chambers like
this exist within the Hacienda Del Dorado? For sure under all this ficus there are other
secret spaces laying hidden from our view. Speaking of being hidden from view, it seems
our mantis is nowhere to be found. So this could mean one of three things. First, the ants may have ultimately eaten
our mantis. I am surprised I haven’t seen remnants of
her exoskeleton anywhere, though. They usually pile that stuff in the colony’s
garbage sites. Two, our mantis could be still hiding here
somewhere and we just can’t spot her. Or three and this is probably the most likely,
our mantis might have taken advantage of periods when my house keeper was cleaning the terrarium
and the top was left open. Perhaps the nimble mantis jumped out and managed
to escape through my open windows. If I do manage to see her again, though, I
will surely let you guys know. Now meat and blood-thirstiness isn’t all I
associate our Golden Empire with. These Yellow Crazy ants also have quite the
sweet tooth, and it’s time to give them their bi-weekly supply of honey. Placing a small honey jar here. As was seen with their reaction to the cockroach,
it seems the ants have grown used to these regular honey jar offerings, and though they
used to go crazy with honey before, now they’re much more chill. It was clear that there was no need to rush. Perhaps they have learned to trust that every
4 days or so, there would be a new jar of honey placed here. Watch them gather rather calmly around to
feed on honey. Some ants get stuck in the honey but don’t
worry. This honey jar gets consumed in less than
24 hours and all trapped ants simply have to wait for the jar to be done in order to
be freed. It’s pretty funny. Imagine being an ant and getting stuck there
and thinking, Oh boy! Now I gotta wait. Hehe. Observing these every day happenings of the
Hacienda Del Dorado and watching how it amazingly evolves over time is the most rewarding thing
about owning a terrarium like this, and I love updating you guys on its progress. But the only concern I have now is this: do
you think these ants are growing too much in routine? I mean, ants in the wild are always contending
with different elements, dangers, and events, and I feel these ants have grown so used to
their regular feedings and happenings that the ants may soon become sedentary, for their
species anyway. Yellow Crazy ants are known to be savage,
conquerers of lands. Do you think the Golden Empire needs more
enrichment? Do you think they’re a bit too comfortable
now? Should we be keeping them more on their toes,
so to speak? What would you suggest we do to help enrich
them behaviourally? What should our next Hacienda Del Dorado event
be? Let me know in the comments section, AC Family,
and perhaps your suggestion might be chosen as the next life event for the Golden Empire. Thank you for watching, guys, and don’t forget
to give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it, leave me a comment with your thoughts,
and also of course subscribe and hit the bell icon to keep on watching these neat ant nature
videos! Until next week, AC Family, it’s ant love
forever! Alright, AC Family! Isn’t the Golden Empire such a cool ant colony? Did you enjoy this week’s episode? AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here if you would just like to watch some extended play footage of the Golden Empire’s
activities in the Hacienda Del Dorado. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week. Last week we asked: How do live ant exhibits in museums and zoos
help ants, humans, and the environment? Congratulations to Marco De Santi who correctly
answered: A setup like this provides a rare opportunity
to observe and learn about a foreign ant colony, and at the same time learn about their
environment, and why conservation and protection of such species and their habitats is so vital
for the good of the planet. Congratulations Marco you just won a free
ant t-shirt from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is the name of the order
to which woodlice belong? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ebook handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, & SUBSCRIBE
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Full 2019 Ant Room Tour & Update Video (Millions of Ants + Other Animals)

Full 2019 Ant Room Tour & Update Video (Millions of Ants + Other Animals)


Greetings, guys! Welcome to the Antiverse, and this extra bonus,
full Ant Room Tour and update video, to ring in the new year of 2019! Who else is excited to see what the up coming
year has in store? I know I am, and I am positive there will
be a tonne of new and epic stories to tell this year here in the Antiverse. Now, AC Family, I wanted to include this extra
flash video for the week, in addition to our regularly scheduled upload, to take you all
on a quick tour of my entire Ant Room, as well as have a look at all my critters and
pets previously featured on this channel. I’ve been looking forward to doing a complete
flash update like this before the end of the year so that we could all be on the same page
for the up coming videos in 2019. So, let’s start with the Plataeus of Gaia,
home to our trapjaw ants known as the Jawbreakers. This colony has doubled in size since we last
saw them and is currently one of the Ant Room’s most successful intermediate colonies. It will soon, this year, join the ranks of
the Fire Nation, the Golden Empire, and Dark Knights in explosive numbers. Moving on to El Dragon Towers housing our
Polyrhachis ants known as the Platinum Dragons. Last week’s video featured this colony, so
be sure to check that video out after watching this video. Guys, in short, the mites are back, but the
ants are doing well, so I’m not concerned. I explain why more in depth in last week’s
video. Moving on to the Dark Knights, our massive
self-perpetuating supercolony of black crazy ants. They’re doing well as usual, and as usual,
they’re the least problematic colony of all my ants, so sadly they happen to be the least
featured colony on the channel. But though you might not hear from them much,
just know they are doing great as usual, and just love their sugar water test tubes and
roaches. Each day does not change for them at all! They are the perfect ant colony to keep as
pets. Moving on to Avista, our open concept ant
kingdom home to our Big-headed ants, the Bobbleheads. They are also doing amazing, perhaps twice
the size since we last saw them. They eat lots, and are still seen farming
mealybugs for their honeydew. They will be needing another island expansion
very soon. Next up, we have the famous Hacienda Del Dorado,
kingdom to the Golden Empire, our massive super colony of yellow crazy ants. They are also doing extremely well as usual,
in their newly renovated terrarium, as are the new shrimp and rasbora fish now living
the Golden Springs, their water installation. Moving along, as you may have seen in last
week’s video, the carpenter ants, now called the Lumberjacks, living in this Hybrid Nest
are doing extremely well with lots of new worker ants and young. But many of you asked about the free-roaming
ants. Well, they’ve surprisingly moved out and I’m
not too sure where they’d gone! I suspect they moved into one of the Chambers
of Sudan as I had seen some workers inside one of the Chambers of Sudan, but I’m not
sure. I did however spot a nuptial flight happening
this week of the same species as the free-roaming ants, which concerns me, but we’ll have to
see if anything comes of that! The resident spider living over the Hacienda
Del Dorado was having a feast that night, though. Speaking of the Chambers of Sudan and the
rhino beetle larvae which were supposed to emerge by Christmas time, have been nowhere
in sight, no sign of adult beetles at all. I’m quite worried but perhaps they’re still
developing. Should I open one and check? Moving on to the Palace of Mounds, kingdom
to our colony of termites, I haven’t checked on them but I believe they are still growing
in numbers underground and I do still see their structures sprouting up here and there. Unlike ants, it’s hard to see them unless
I literally go in and tear apart their structures, which I am reluctant to do. I’m ok to just know they’re in there. Moving along to the Shire, home to our Diacamma,
Asian bullet ants, known as the Black Panthers, the only thing to report here is that I am
seeing less worker ants emerging now. I’ve changed nothing about their care and
they have been doing quite well, but seemingly out of nowhere they’ve decreased in population. I also don’t see male ants flying around anymore,
like I used to. This colony runs on a gamergate system where
there is no queen but instead a pregnant worker ant who lays all the eggs. I wonder if that gamergate died and the colony
needed an outside unrelated male to keep the colony going. I’m not going to panic just yet, and I’ll
have to explore that in an up coming video. As for the carpenter ants that I thought had
disappeared but discovered were still around living in the Grove, they are still growing
underground and I’ve spotted them emerging to feed on roaches. Next up, the new goddess of the Antiverse,
our gorgeous greenbottle blue tarantula living in the arid shrine known as the Arachno Sanctorium. Well, AC Family, I’m happy to announce that
her official name as per last week’s voting, is now Azula. Goddess Azula, as we saw in last week’s video
is doing well, despite the faulty shed she had where the top of her carapace failed to
come off with the rest of her exoskeleton. Her web lair has thickened and continues to
grow in complexity and structure every day. As for the Selva de Fuego, as you saw in this
week’s video, the Fire Nation is doing well, and as you may have seen in last week’s video,
the river is also doing well. We’ve cleaned it up of a blue green algae
problem using shrimp and snails, which have started to breed inside the river. Check out that cute baby elephant snail! And this baby shrimp. Other snails have also begun to appear in
the river probably coming in from the java moss introduced in last week’s video. Also, turns out the stowaway fry that snuck
in with the java moss, grew up to be a juvenile female guppy. Cute right? Next up, we have our pseudo-cannibalistic,
blood-sucking dracula ants living in the Blood Towers. This colony has done extremely well and have
been increasing in numbers, eating lots, and rearing a growing brood pile within the privacy
of their underground chambers within the Ant Towers that make up their kingdom. This is another colony I am confident will
be needing more space soon due to their booming population growth. They are indeed among my favourite of ant
kingdoms of the ant room. Moving on now to Olympus, home to one of the
most impressive ant colonies in the Ant Room, the Titans. They are still as big a colony as ever, and
eat as much if not more than their neighbours, the Fire Nation. If there was another colony that I think could
take on a whole chicken head, it would have definitely been this super colony of marauder
ants! Surprisingly, however, they have completely
killed and cleared the entire territories of all plants. I suspect their underground chambers have
made it impossible for the plants to thrive. I will have to find more much-hardier plants
to stock these lands with. I look forward to peeking in on their subterranean
chambers in a future video. As for Roachella, my colony of feeder roaches. They are still going strong, and due to the
more natural setup, I’ve had a nice place to compost most of my fruit peelings and such,
as well as feed a continually growing, gut-loaded roach colony which only needs restocking every
three months. Moving down to Axolotland, the axolotls are
doing great and have surprisingly put on weight! They eat a lot. I love looking at their bushy gills! My fish tank is healthy and strong, as normal,
my green tree python Valentino is doing great as usual, and finally my African Grey parrot,
Ligaya, my pet dragon is also doing great! She’s talking more and more, is fully weaned
with an enormous appetite, and makes quite a mess! Haha! She comes with me for daily walks outside,
and she appears regularly in my daily vlogs on my vlogging channel. Feel free to visit and subsscribe to my daily
vlogs here! And that, AC Family, is a complete update
on all the critters of the Antiverse, and beyond, under my care. I do expect to expand this menagerie of animals
in 2019, and actually purchased a farm property this year, on which I will be building my
first house, and you better believe we have some epic plans for the new Ant Room and space
for animals. My team of care takers for all the critters
will also be expanding, just so I ensure that every animal and critter under my care lives
the best life they possibly can. We’ll see what the up coming year has in store
for us all! So don’t forget to hit that SUBSCRIBE button
to join the AC Family and follow the epic lives of all these creatures we love and cherish. I appreciate all the love and support you
guys show with every video I upload. It means a lot to me and I take none of you
for granted. Happy New Year 2019, AC Family! It’s ant love forever. Oh and by the way, here’s another hidden video!

Ant Apocalypse Stopped by a Rhino Beetle

Ant Apocalypse Stopped by a Rhino Beetle


You’ll never believe what actually goes on
in the soil. We humans, as giants, completely miss all
the events, the plot twists, the drama, the miracles, the battles, triumphs, and defeats
that occur every day, deep within the the very earth, that sustains us and is teaming
with life. Take this micro-village of springtails for
instance, which you guys have named the Spring Cleaners, the cleanup crew of the microworld,
busy eating up all the organic bits left behind by other lifeforms of the land, or this baby
millipede which eats up decaying vegetable matter, but don’t get too close; he uses cyanide
as a weapon, and that baby earthworm, feeding on vegetation above ground, a solo detritivorous
mite perhaps searching a mate. For a moment, try to forget your big size
and throw all scale out the window, and imagine this terrestrial world, as a giant forest. It’s called the Hacienda Del Dorado, home
to countless communities of creatures and plants. Those gnats you see there, they’re the vultures
of the land perusing the tree tops. But AC Family, something terrible has happened
to the original rulers of this gorgeous territory. You’re about to see what in a moment. I was admiring this lush kingdom one day,
when my eyes caught focus of this. An ant, of the supercolony, we know on this
channel, as the Golden Empire. She’s alone, and oddly she carries a message
for us. Look! It appears she’s struggling to grapple with
something that is locked onto one of her legs, something red, and clearly causing her much
discomfort. She tries desperately to remove it from her
appendage, to no avail. Guys, turns out, this ant, is one of a few
remaining survivors of what I discovered was a mass holocaust. It’s every ant keeper’s nightmare. This week to my utter horror, I learned that
out of nowhere, an apocalypse has come for our cherished Golden Empire, and worse, there
was nothing I could do to stop it. But, it may surprise you, that there was one
unlikely hero in this entire story, who possibly could. AC Family, you will not believe how a humble
rhino beetle rose to the occasion this week, to become the possible saviour of an entire
Ant Empire, during this ant apocalypse. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
BELL ICON. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy. AC Family, I was legit crying this week, when
I saw this. Imagine an ant colony who you watched grow
over the years, an OG supercolony on this channel, within our world of Ant Kingdoms
in the Antiverse, suddenly amidst a mass extinction event. If you’ve been following this channel for
awhile, you have followed the epicness that the Golden Empire, our multi-queen supercolony
of yellow crazy ants, has experienced. From surviving a mite plague, to outsmarting
carnivorous pitcher plants, to keeping an array of pet beast, to even being elected
as the lucky colony to inhabit a Youtube Gold Play Button, these ants were definitely a
triumphant empire and favourite in the Antiverse. But I’m afraid to announce, that the Golden
Empire is officially seeing their end of days. I’ll explain everything, but we need to start
from the beginning. A member of the Golden Empire is wandering
the premise, assumingly in search of some food. She waves her antennae around smelling her
surroundings and the air for the scent of any new roaches that may have dropped from
the skies. There are in fact, several roach carcasses
around her, but for some reason, they’re unfit for her tastes. I watched as she inspected each roach piece
and moved on. In fact, I’ve been placing roaches into the
lands as I always have for years, but I noticed more and more, the ants weren’t eating them. Of course, the Spring Cleaners were loving
this abundance of food, and so were the earthworms which were coming up to the surface to have
a nibble! It was great that the creatures of the soil
were benefiting from all this extra food, but while this abundance in food was great
news for the soil creatures, it pointed out to me that something was indeed very wrong
in this biological food chain. Little did I know something from the soils
were killing the most important creatures of this entire biological kingdom, and it
was killing them, one ant at a time. When I began to notice the ants weren’t eating
as much, and less and less ants were seen foraging above ground, I started to get very
suspicious that something was up. Now, if you saw our last video on this ant
colony, you’ll know they disappeared on us once before, but after watering their lands,
we discovered that they were all just esthivating underground keeping moist during a dry spell. But this seemed different now. The soils were moist, and usually the lands
would be covered in foraging ants at this hour in the night. I only could see one ant now up in the leaves. I decided to prod around and try to agitate
the vegetation and create vibrations in hopes to set the Gold Empire into defense protocol,
so they would come pouring out of their nest entrances to fight me with their formic acid
sprays. I finally decided to dig into the soil a little,
and finally got a small squadron of ants to come out, but AC Family, check out how few
of them there were that emerged. Something very strange was happening, and
I did not expect, what I was about to soon discover. The next morning, I placed food into the territories
as I usually do, but as has been the case these past few weeks, no ants came to feed. Only soil creatures. I tried watering the lands again, to try to
get the Golden Empire to surface like they did before, but again, only the soil creatures
came to surface rejoicing in the moisture. OK, it was time to pull out the checklist
of possibilities as to what in “Thanos: Infinity War” was going on here. AC Family, are you ready for this? I had to see if the ants had possibly escaped? Now as you may or may not know, the Hacienda
Del Droado, like many of my ant farms, is an open top terrarium, which means it lacks
a cover. Ant keepers do this to ensure the ant territories
get proper ventilation, to decrease mold-growth, and access the ant farm easily. A baby powder barrier is applied vertically
and horizontally upside down, to keep the ants inside. This design in particular was made to create
the illusion of a barrier-less ant setup, with its landmarks rising up out of the top
of the tank, but though it looks like there is lots of places the ants could escape and
crawl out, they actually technically can’t as nothing is touching a point of access to
the outside and the ants can’t jump very far. The only place, the ants might be able to
escape was through this chord which powers the water pump and filter, but even that is
covered in baby powder and secured with a baby-powdered stopper keeping the ants from
proceeding up the chord. Ants making it that far fall onto this powdered
platform which is also secured with powdered walls to keep them from climbing further. Ants on this platform end up jumping back
into the Hacienda Del Dorado below. But could they have possibly found a breech
in the barrier that was keeping them in and moved out of my window one night while I was
sleeping? With their sheer numbers and nomadic tendencies,
this was definitely a possibility! But then I noticed some movement below. Alright! It seems the rains had caused some ants to
emerge to feed from my roach. At last! There clearly wasn’t as much ants as there
used to be, but it was nice to see at least some ants coming out to eat. And AC Family, that’s when I saw it. Look! This ant carried a something on its leg and
it was impeding its movement. A mite. Back when this colony had mites before, it
never affected their movement and general life processes. The mites they dealt with before were likely
phoretic mites, harmless hitchhikers wanting delivery to greener pastures. In fact, the reason this whole Hacienda Del
Dorado terrarium was created was to help those phoretic mites fall off, and it worked in
the end. But this time, things were different. And if you look carefully, although the ants
are hanging around this roach, it doesn’t seem like they have that same healthy appetite
to dive in and feast like they usually do. These mites were definitely affecting our
ants in a very negative way. AC Family, I’m afraid to announce that the
Golden Empire has been struck for the very first time, with every ant-keeper’s fear – parasitic,
blood-sucking mites. Some of the ants appeared mite-free, but many
of them carried the mite killers. Now, this is bad because every ant keeper
knows that once you find these blood-sucking mites on your ants, it is a death sentence,
and the killings happen quick. My heart sank, when the reality of situation
began to sink in. We found our answer and there was nothing
we could do to stop it. What we were witnessing here, AC Family, was
the extermination and final days of the Golden Empire. As weird as it sounds, I began to cry for
the ants. It was time to say goodbye to the supercolony
we grew to love, over the years. My house keeper and I began to take apart
the Hacienda Del Dorado, starting with the Golden Springs, which ironically were installed
as a population regulator. As I began to clean up the lands, again, with
little to no ants in sight, I started to wonder what I was going to do with the Hacienda Del
Dorado. Was I going to just throw the entire terrarium
away? Based on 98,000 of you who voted in a community
tab poll, most of you felt the Jawbreakers, our booming colony of trap-jaw ants, deserved
to inherit the Hacienda Del Dorado seeing as they were doing so well in their little
kingdom, and were ready to expand. But after discovering the mites, I knew I
couldn’t do this, because that would be like throwing humans into a zombie pit. The parasitic mites would then go on to annihilate
the Jawbreakers. But as I was digging around, something pretty
incredible happened. Check this out! I hit a vein! A gold vein. I must have hit some chamber where a lot of
Golden Empire were hiding out. It seems a lot of the ants were still brooding
in hidden chambers within the soil. It was nice to see this many ants congregating
in a single place. Though some of the ants had mites attached
to them, it looked like many of the ants were still quite mobile, energetic, and otherwise
seemingly healthy. I moved the soil around and scanned the premises. I needed to see if I could locate any of the
8 queens. Do you see any? I continued to move more soil around and sure
enough, a queen! There she is sprinting away! I continued looking, and to my delight, guys,
look! Another queen dashing away! I stopped for a moment to take a look at this
queen. Thankfully, she was mite-free. Amazing to think that her eggs helped fuel
the Golden Empire, along with her other 7 fellow queens, for years. Her workers each only lived for a couple months,
but queens like her can live as long as a few decades, and it was her steadfast role
as egg-layer over time, that lead to the Golden Empire being one of the most successful and
glorious ant colonies I’ve ever owned in my life. It was heart-warming to see one of her workers
coming to her side to tend to her. Soon another worker came to join the royal
entourage. And then a third. The sight was so moving for me, and suddenly
made me realize why I had fallen in love with the world of ants in the first place. These worker ants, who’d been through a lot,
were comforting their queen amidst crisis befalling their empire. It looked like these worker ants were among
the clean, mite-free group of the survivors, but although their days were numbered, their
home torn up, and hope for survival minimal, they weren’t going to give up. They were the Golden Empire, conqueror of
challenges. Now it was recently discovered that an entire
ant colony harbours collective memories that its individual members can’t possibly store
in their individual brains. I bet now, the colony was tapping into their
history to find ways to survive this mite plague. These ants were determined to fight for life
until the very end, like gladiators championing their Empire’s legacy… And that, AC Family, is when it hit me. Gladiators. OMG! About what I said earlier about there being
nothing we could do to stop the death of the Golden Empire at the hands of the mites…
well, that isn’t entirely true. For those of you who are new to the channel,
meet our rhino beetles. Three males of a fleet of 7 rhino beetle gladiators,
who are slated to compete in an Olympic tournament called the Rhino Beetle Games. Their names are Apollo, Dionysus, and Poseidon. Now upon welcoming them to the world as fully
formed adult beetles, we did notice they carried on their bodies, small gangs of mites. At first, I thought these were maybe bad mites,
but turns out, one of you guys pointed out that they are actually Hypoaspis mites, which
are predatory mites which live in symbiosis on the beetles, feeding on small soil creatures
and more importantly, bad parasitic mites that may want to feed on the beetles’ blood! In fact, Hypoaspis mites are often used by
gardeners to eat undesirable pest insects. So, AC Family, know where I’m going with this? So call me crazy, but what if we could somehow
collect a few of these Hypoaspis mites from our rhino beetles, propagate them, and then
release them into the Hacienda Del Dorado, where the Golden Empire are congregating,
to eat the parasitic mites that are feeding from the blood of our Golden Empire! The idea was insane, but by principle, it
could work right? AC Family, it was time for an important experiment. First, I prepared a water test tube. This test tube was a standard ant test tube
setup with cotton creating a water reservoir which would provide humidity. This setup was going to house a few of our
test subjects for a little while. Now it was time to go into the Hacienda Del
Dorado to collect our subjects. With our test tube, I went in, and collected
three ants. Two of the ants were infected with parasitic
mites and one was mite-free. I’ll explain why the third ant had to be mite-free
in a second. I also went in to collect three more ants
placed in a second test tube setup, again two infected ants and 1 non-infected ant,
so that we had a control group. Hello, Gr. 9 lesson on the scientific method! If this all works out, these six worker ants
were going to be heroes in the history of the Golden Empire. Alright, so now that we had our test subjects,
we now needed the help of one of our beetles, and I knew just who I was going to choose
to partake in this critical experiment. If you look to the left, you’ll see the living
chamber of Apollo, who is buried somewhere in here. Of the three available beetles, I chose Apollo,
because fittingly, he was named after the Greek god of medicine and healing, and also
of plagues, so it was only appropriate to choose him. He was not going to be happy at me pulling
him out, but the fate of our Golden Empire relies on it! I filled up a small dish of water and got
two q-tips. The plan was to go in, get Apollo out, and
try to collect a few Hypoaspis mites from his body. I started to dig, and carefully moved the
soil around until I heard his voice, well stridulation. There he was! As expected, he was very upset at my intrusion. Behold, our mighty gladiator Apollo, small
horns beautiful colour. And now, the possible saviour to deliver the
Golden Empire from doom. I carefully tried to look around Apollo’s
body for mites. I didn’t need a tonne of mites, just a couple
for our experiment. Turning him upside down, I saw them, and quickly
ran the swab to collect. Got it! I picked up one of the test tubes, and carefully
introduced the Hypoaspis mite inside with the ants. The mite instantly bolted into the test tube! This entire process made my heart race a million
miles a minute! I went back to Apollo and swabbed again one
last time, and placed the second mite into the same test tube. The test tube now had two Hypoaspis mites. I placed two inside so that if they were male
and female they could hopefully breed, but we didn’t really need to measure breeding. We just needed to see if the Hypoaspis mites
would feed from the blood-sucking parasitic mites on the ants. Also, the reason I included a mite-free ant
in the mix was to see if the two Hypoaspis mites would feed on the parasitic mites enough
to keep the parasitic mites from breeding and infecting other ants. If the group with the Hypoaspis mites suddenly
end up with the parasitic mites all gone, we know that the Hypoaspis mites would be
an effective biological agent to eradicate the parasitic blood-sucking mites killing
the Golden Empire. I then marked the test tube that contained
the Hypoaspis mites with black tape, and left our control group tapeless. By the end of this experiment having the two
test tubes to compare, will make it easier for us to understand the results. I took both test tubes, inserted a drop of
honey onto the cotton in each, and placed them into a dark drawer, to simulate the soil
conditions underground. And all there was left to do now was pray
to God, that the results of this experiment were favourable. Apollo, completely upset and shaken up, dove
straight into his soils to get away from us. Thank you Apollo, you’ve been a greater help
than you’ll ever understand. Guys, as giants, perhaps we may not see everything
that happens in the soil, but this time, we were going to try to learn enough, to at least
bring salvation to an entire Empire of gold, fighting for the continuation of their throne,
as rulers of the ever-evolving Hacienda Del Dorado. I was going to wait with baited breath for
the results. Alright, AC Family, it’s do or die now! It’s been a crazy week, but I’ll be sure to
let you know the results of our experiment to save the Golden Empire. Let’s hope the Hypoaspis mites prove effective
at eating the parasitic mites on our ants. At this point, it’s our only hope. So guys, be sure to smash that subscribe button
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playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to explore the new Hacienda Del Dorado! I’ve had to remodel, completely removing the
Golden Springs seeing as we no longer need a population limiter anymore, so go check
out what the Hacienda Del Dorado looks like now! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why are the Hypoaspis mites we see
on the beetles a good thing? Congratulations to GAMER X who correctly answered: The mites are beneficial because they eat
small insects such as parasitic mites that suck blood from the beetles. Congratulations, GAMER X, you just won a free
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Ants vs. Kraken (Water Monster)

Ants vs. Kraken (Water Monster)


And so AC Family, I think you know what’s
next. Our next step was to introduce a great aquatic
creature into these waters, to feed on these fallen ants, swallowed by the pool, and AC
Family, I know you will absolutely love the creature I’ve chosen for the job! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! At the advent of a new era, the Golden Empire,
our supercolony of yellow crazy ants, has settled nicely into their new lush territories,
this newly created rain forest paludarium called the Hacienda Del Dorado. And my do these ants love their new home we
created for them! But as we saw in last week’s video, the spring
pool to the east of the territories has, as planned, been effective at culling off the
weak and least nimble ants of the colony. Keep on watching until the end as I reveal
to you our brand new Kraken to patrol these deadly waters. I’ve been surveying these waters over the
past few days, and so far this trickling spring pool successfully claims the lives of about
5-10 ants every single day. The ants come to the water’s surface to drink,
as they would in the wild, but a few ants are unfortunate enough to fall in. Many of these fallen ants still manage to
swim around, a skill possessed by most tropical ant species until they reach an area of safety
as seen with this ant who luckily was able to reach some life-saving mossy shores. Ants swimming around actually have a critical
time limit to get to safety before they inevitably break the water’s surface tension and get
swallowed up by the water where they finally drown. Speaking of which, check out this incredible
ant pulling miraculous moves, as it runs atop the surface of the water, light enough to
not break the surface tension… but suddenly, it too falls victim to the spring pool, and
gets sucked into the water. This ant will soon become one of this pool’s
casualties. By the way, AC Family, please take a moment
to vote here for the official name for this floating spring pool, from my top picks of
name suggestions, from you the AC Family in last week’s video. Thank you AC Council for your input. So with all of these dead ants collecting
within our deadly spring pool here, there was definitely a need to add a creature into
these waters to feed on all these deceased ants, so AC Family, in last week’s hidden
video, I left you with a riddle to decode, with clues as to what the chosen water monster
would be, to inhabit the Golden Empire’s floating spring pool, to act as our biological servant,
feeding on all ants swallowed up by the pool. For those who missed it, here was the riddle: There is a creature,
From the land of flowers With some very neat features,
and some pretty neat powers, Like gills for aquatic breathing,
But it can also breath air, Four pairs for travel,
two eyes with a stare It changes its skin,
From time to time, eating it for nutrition,
like the stuff on which it dines… Inside our floating spring pool,
You’ll marvel at its colour, Can you guess what creature
will be living in this water? So AC Family, you guys considered all clues,
and submitted your very worthy guesses. Let’s take a look at the top, most popular
guesses to the riddle: Salamander, African Dwarf Frog, Newt, Underwater
Bell Spider, Crab, Octopus, Crayfish, Betta Fighting Fish, and Axolotl. Now let’s go over all the clues one by one,
and figure out who our new water creature of choice is, via process of elimination. Ok so the first line reads: “There is a creature,
from the land of flowers with some very neat features, and some pretty neat powers,” AC Family member M Aidil Adham correctly pointed
out that the land of flowers can apply to Netherlands, Holland, Florida, or North Ireland. So considering this right off the bat, eliminates
African Dwarf Frogs which are native to equatorial Africa. This option for water creature also wouldn’t
have made a good choice seeing as the chances of the frog leaping out of the water and being
eaten alive by the Golden Empire was very high. Betta Fighting fish, though a popular guess,
are native to Southeast Asia so they too are eliminated, based on this clue. The spring pool which is only about 8 gallons
of water is also quite small for a betta. Perhaps the top most popular guess was Axolotl,
an interesting amphibian creature which fits a few of the clues mentioned in the riddle. The only thing is, they are native to Mexico,
so they too do not fit the clue of this first stanza. Sorry, guys, no axolotl in this spring pool. Let’s move on to our next clue in the riddle:
“Like gills for aquatic breathing, but it can also breath air, four pairs for travel,
two eyes with a stare…” Let’s see who makes the cut! Salamander larvae respire with gills and as
adults can breath air. They do have two eyes, but four pairs for
travel? They have four legs and a tail which at most
makes 5 appendages, not 8. Goodbye, salamander! The same applies to newts, as well. Neither of these would make suitable choices
anyway because they are not greatly bound to water, and guaranteed these animals would
be eaten alive by the ants once they set foot on land. Underwater bell spiders, though super cool,
and fitting the 4 pairs for travel description, have more than two eyes and don’t breath via
gills. No aquatic spider for these waters. So moving on to our third clue: “It changes
its skin, from time to time, eating it for nutrition, like the stuff on which it dines…” Let’s take a look at an octopus. The clue changing its skin from time to time
could mean several things, but in the case of an octopus it surely can apply to its amazing
ability to change colours. They also do shed their suction cups. But the thing is, they usually don’t eat their
skin. So sadly, octopus is eliminated. Which leads us to our final clue: “Inside
our floating spring pool, you’ll marvel at its colour, can you guess what creature will
be living in this water?” There are several very colourful crabs as
well as crayfish, so both fit the final clue. But of the two, one key factor which makes
one option better than the other is primary habitat of choice. Most species of crabs require a little bit
of salt in their water, as they tend to inhabit brackish waters in the wild, meaning waters
where fresh water meets the ocean. This floating spring pool here is completely
fresh water, and adding salt to it may have a negative effect on our mosses. Also, having a land crab in here would be
disastrous, lest our Golden Empire live up to their infamous reputation of wiping land
crabs, as was highlighted by a popular BBC documentary where yellow crazy ants were seen
wiping out a population of endemic crabs on Christmas Island! Our Golden Empire would devour any crab that
set foot on land. And so AC Family, that leaves us with one
final candidate. Behold, meet our great water monster, our
Kraken! An electric blue crayfish native to the “Land
of Flowers”, a.k.a. Florida, USA. It possesses gills for aquatic breathing,
but is also capable of breathing air. It has four pairs of legs used for traveling,
and two black beady eyes capable of some pretty good vision. They also periodically shed then eat their
old exoskeletons. Isn’t she just awesome? This electric blue crayfish happens to be
a young female and is the perfect size for our spring pool. One of the reasons why this beauty made a
great choice was because they are omnivorous scavengers, eating both dead and any living
creatures it can get its claws on. I felt it could easily get to the ants that
sank to the bottom of the pool as well as those dead ants sucked into the filter’s intake. It also was greatly aquatic meaning it likely
would remain submerged in the waters and remain out of our Golden Empire’s lethal reach, and
check out that gorgeous colour though! These crustaceans also are denning creatures,
which was perfect because and our spring pool here actually hides an under water cave area
towards the back of the pool. My guess is this blue crayfish will deem it
her underwater lair! But one question I had before adding her to
our spring pool was, does she even like eating dead ants? It would be a shame if we added her to these
waters for the purpose of preying on drowned ants and she ends up not having a taste for
them. So, I went to Golden Rock and took a test
tube they’d designated as the colony graveyard to attempt a taste test. I wanted to see if this blue crayfish would
eat dead members of the Golden Empire, so I went ahead and placed a few dead yellow
crazy ants into the water. Let’s watch, AC Family. She walked around for a bit… and yes! She ate one! In fact, over time, she went on to eat several! The taste test was a success! It was time to add her into our Spring pool. AC Family, are you ready? Let’s do this! I carefully poured the crayfish along with
her originating water into our spring pool, and then she was in. My heart stopped! What a sight to see Golden Empire workers
racing about as our new water monster took a moment to realize she was in new surroundings,
before making her way towards the back and into the twilight of the hidden underwater
cave. The Golden Empire had no idea that the water
monster that had just been added to their waters would from now on be feeding on all
fallen, drowned members. I stayed to watch the pool over the next few
hours. In this time I learned that it seemed our
blue crayfish was quite reclusive. She preferred to remain hidden for now, but
I believe I did spot her very cautiously peeking out from time to time from within the dark
abyss of her cave, before retreating back into its comforting blackness. It was spine chilling to see her owning this
new watery domain. She would become the new empress of this spring
pool. And then suddenly, our clawed empress emerged
stepping into the light. My eyes widened and my heart raced as she
finally began to explore out in the open. I knew eventually she would be hungry, and
low and behold, as we intended our electric blue crayfish began to feed on the dead ants
along the floor bed of the spring pool. Wow! This was absolutely amazing! It seems we chose the perfect water monster
to keep our spring pool clean of dead ants. I watched her wander around
and she even eventually learned to routinely check the filter for sucked up dead ants. Crayfish are important decomposers in aquatic
ecosystems, as they seek out and help break down decaying plant and animal matter. I loved watching her. Behind those beady black eyes, I saw intelligence
and a sort of endearing tenderness, that I never thought I’d see in a scary looking water
monster like this electric blue crayfish. She possessed an air of elegance and grace
as she moved about, but don’t be fooled, as every now and then something would startle
her and pow… she could be gone in an instant with one powerful beat of her tail. Later that day I watched as she began to dig. I believe she felt living under this filter
was a suitable spot for her, perhaps because the filter’s intake guaranteed a constant
food source close by as dead ants continued to get sucked up. At least she wouldn’t have to travel too far
to get the goods. Check her out! It was amazing watching her dig. Eventually, though, she decided that the filter
was not as suitable a spot for her den and she made the final executive decision to make
the back cave of the pool her official den. I watched with fascination as she carried
claws full of soil and gravel out from inside the cave. It was amazing to watch her home building
as she would have in the wild. Looks like she had officially made this spring
pool her home. I began to wonder if she could see the ants
all around her, or if the ants could see her lurking beneath the water. The idea was spine-tingling. Their relationship was actually quite a delicate
balance of dependence and danger, because although this crayfish would feed on the ants
that fell into the water and thereby keep these waters from which the colony drinks
clean and fresh, if she ever tried to one day leave the water and crawl onto the land,
the tables would then turn, and the Golden Empire would undoubtedly devour her alive. But, I had a good feeling this biological
partnership would work out. AC Family, let’s give her a cool name! Leave your name suggestions in the comments
section and I will choose my favourites for us to vote on in a future video. This is the largest creature we’ve ever welcomed
to the channel, and I look forward to watching her grow and become a familiar resident of
the Hacienda Del Dorado. She will eventually outgrow these waters,
however, and when she does we may have to relocate her or increase the water space somehow,
but until then, for now it does seem she is completely happy in these waters. I truly love how the ant colonies of our ant
room are evolving and improving. The Golden Empire’s upgraded home just keeps
on getting better. The Golden Empire is like a whole new ant
colony now. And speaking of whole new colony, AC Family,
I’ve been keeping this news from you for weeks, and I am finally ready to make this amazing
announcement! This week, we welcomed a new creature to the
AC Family of critters, our new blue crayfish. But, I am thrilled to announce that we are
also welcoming a totally brand new ant colony to our huge roster of epic ant colonies. AC Family, this ant colony is one that I know
you will love. Behold, a new army of ants to our growing
antiverse, a species known as… Ahh, AC Family! I hate to do this to you guys every week,
but without them these ant videos would actually continue on and on and on without end, and
I love showing you guys what to be excited about next, but believe me when I say this,
the new ant colony we are welcoming to the channel is unlike any ants you’ve seen here
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A Room Full of Ant Farms — 2 Million Subs Special

A Room Full of Ant Farms — 2 Million Subs Special


Welcome everyone to the Antiverse, the name
given to this fully stocked Ant Room, whose every flat surface above floor level, supports
flourishing ant kingdoms of varying sizes, in which colonies of ants, live, die, hunt,
multiply, form pacts with other creatures, and deal with a variety of life challenges
and events, ranging from mite infections, invasive wars from savage ants, cannibalism,
struggles for power, and lately a giant flood. Basically, the real ant life stories, which
could give Game of Thrones a run for its money. These tales of success and failure make up
the incredible and often unpredictable world of ants. But aside from how incredible and epic the
lives of these ants are, what makes each of these ant kingdoms unique is that they happen
to be the most well-known ants on Youtube. Welcome everyone to the ants of the Antiverse,
who have officially hit 2 million subscribers! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Greetings, AC Family! Looks like we did it! It seems like just yesterday we hit 1 Million
subscribers which was mind-blowing enough, and here we are now hitting the 2 million
subscribers mark. So, for this week’s episode, I wanted to ask
you guys what you wanted to see for our big 2M celebration, and well, many of you asked
for a complete full ant room tour. So AC Family, as usual, your wish is my command! Today I will walk with you through the indoor
biodome that has become my ant room, to visit all eight of my current ant kingdoms, and
if you’re new, you’ll also get a brief backgrounder on each of the ant colonies’ backstory so
you may better understand why they’ve become so special to us. I realize that many of you may be new to the
channel so be prepared to be mind blown, and AC Family, if you’re a regular to the channel,
brace yourselves, because the updates I have to share today on every colony will definitely
shock you. Also, keep watching until the end, because
I will also need a lot of your input and votes for certain matters, and I also have a special
surprise to celebrate us hitting our 2M subs mark! So, let’s begin with newest ant kingdoms and
make our way down to the oldest. Last week, we followed the creation of our
newest addition to the Antiverse, the Plateaus of Gaia, a multi-leveled terrarium whose design
was to nurture a self-feeding system where tiny creatures called springtails would breed,
and the ants living here, would hunt the springtails down. All I needed to do was add organics, water,
and light, and it has been working marvelously so far. The Plateaus of Gaia are home to the Jawbreakers,
a ferocious-looking trap-jaw ant colony, with menacing jaws which open 180 degrees and can
snap shut with record-breaking speeds and force. The bites from these ants are intense, and
if you watch last week’s video, you’ll see how epic their hunting prowess is! Now, I won’t delve too much into this ant
kingdom since we just saw them last week and there is much to report on the other ant kingdoms
ahead, but if you are interested to discover more on the Jawbreakers, feel free to watch
last week’s episode. Now, let’s move on to the next ant kingdom,
who won my heart and apparently many of yours a couple week ago. Welcome everyone to the cutest ant kingdom
of the Antiverse – the mystic floating island of Avista. Avista is home to a bustling supercolony of
Pheidole ants, also known as Big-Headed ants. They’re called Big-Headed ants because of
the fact that these ants are polymorphic and have massive majors, soldier ants with huge
heads, which specialize in cutting open food and defense. On the day they moved in, like a scene of
ant paparazzi, we also were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of their four royal queens. Here’s Queen 1, 2, 3, and 4. They founded this colony cooperatively because
the species is polygynous, and allows more than one queen per colony. Today, the island of Avista continues to bloom,
with new shoots developing from the Great Tree of Wisdom, which stands at the center
of the island. The shoots appear as little reddish buds which
give way to new baby leaves that grow in their place. The buds fall to the mossy floor to decompose
naturally and fertilize the soils for the tree. And oh, it looks like we have some garbage
to clean! The ants have been eating a lot since they
moved in, and I just love how they make it so easy for me, to do my work, as their weekly
garbage man to clean up after them, which I am happy to do. These are superworm exoskeletons, which their
co-inhabiting springtails and mite friends clean further of any remaining superworm meat. And hey, look. It seems they’re not the only ones digging
through the ants’ scraps. I see fly cocoons and a maggot! It seems flies and gnats have taken advantage
of Avista’s open-concept design, and paid the floating island a visit to lay eggs! These new Avista-born citizens will become
adult flies and migrate elsewhere to mate and lay eggs onto some other decomposing material. The ants don’t seem to prey on them. They are after all cleaning up after their
mess, along with the springtails and mites. Let’s pat the area down to make room for today’s
offering: a cockroach head. They’ll surely love this! And AC Family, watch this! It totally shocked me to see a line of ants
suddenly rushing out of nowhere to the roach! How on Earth did they know about it so fast? I wonder if they’ve come to associate my scent
and close proximity with feeding time! The ants came pouring out of their hole from
across the island to collect the goods. Look at how determined that worker is to pull
that huge roach head. Haha! I think you’re gunna need some help there. Perhaps some strong majors’ jaws will do the
trick. All this protein will be essential to the
egg-production of their queens, as well as the fairly rapid growth of their young. Due to their four queen egg-production and
all the food they’ve been eating these past three weeks, I have no doubt in my mind they
are growing in numbers fast underground! When this colony outgrows Avista here, I plan
to create a bridge leading to another floating island, and continue expanding in this manner
until Avista is a network of connected floating islands. Wouldn’t that be so cool? Alright AC Family, new and old, while the
ants are feeding here, it is now time to cast your vote. Let’s give this four queen super colony of
big-Headed ants an official name, shall we? Please take a quick moment to vote here, on
my top 5 picks from your name suggestions in comments from their last video. Thank you AC Council for your input! We will announce the results in a future video. OK, time to move on. Let’s move eastward to revisit the enchanted
region of El Dragon Island, a kingdom which quickly became an AC Family favourite. It is a moated paludarium ant kingdom because
like other past ant kingdoms on this regional shelf, El Dragon here was under siege by a
wild colony of pharaoh ants whose thirst for ant blood and meat seemed to be insatiable,
and even massacred a great past colony of ours. So, El Dragon was designed to be a moated
world, to keep Pharaoh ant scouts out and to swallow these ants up if they ever tried
to swim across to get to the island, by way of guardian Rasbora fish, who prowled this
River of Dragon’s Tears. Like El Dragon’s moated gators the presence
of these predatory fish has worked at keeping pharaoh ants away so far. So, if you’re new to El Dragon, initially
this ant kingdom was inhabited by another colony, called the Black Dragons, but was
replaced due to their escape by another ant colony, we’ve called the Platinum Dragons. These ants are pretty cool, and are commonly
known as lesser weaver ants, for their well-known behaviour of making nests within leaves of
trees and shrubs! But for now the Platinum Dragons live here,
quietly within the great skull that adorns the eastern plateau of El Dragon. They clean each other lovingly to help alleviate
the affects of a plague which affects them. You see, on the day the Platinum Dragons moved
into El Dragon four weeks ago, we were shocked to learn that they were battling a severe
plague of mites. You guys voted for us to proceed with mite
therapy using lemon slices, but AC Family, I think you will be surprised with what I
have to show you now. Check this out, guys! On the night, I was going to start the lemon
therapy, I offered the ants some sugar water in a snap cap vial, which they absolutely
loved. But examining the ants’ bodies, I immediately
noticed something very exciting! The ants showed signs of having little to
no mites encrusting their bodies and eyes. I maybe counted one or two mites per body
if any, but this was much better than the clumps of mites which infested each worker,
back when they first came to us! So this was totally amazing news! It meant the phoretic mites were loving El
Dragon habitat, and falling off the ants, to become free-roaming mites, feeding on their
usual decaying matter. In fact, the ants were showing such promising
signs of a healthy recovery and appetite, that I decided to simply hold off on the lemon
therapy for a bit, and see if their mite riddance would continue naturally. Look at them just devouring that cockroach
like there was no tomorrow! It was great to see them eating up all this
valuable protein! In fact, their excessive gorging on sugar
water and cockroach meat was a good thing for them, as they could transfer these nutrient-rich
goods from mouth to mouth, a process called trophallaxis, to each member of the colony,
but most importantly to the queen, wherever she was. You see, when they moved in here, they only
had one single larva, which was very critical, because these ants actually need their larvae
to spin the silk needed to glue their debris nests together at least to make this skull
a little less exposed to the elements, and more enclosed to keep humidity in. But because they only had one larva when they
moved in, it was like they lacked the nails and cement essential to building their ant
house. So for the past four weeks, they’ve resorted
to living within this very open and drafty skull. The poor ones. But, hey, now that the ants were eating lots,
I was hoping the queen would therefore be egg-laying lots, so they could get on with
producing more larvae, so they could finally build a much more suitable nest. But AC Family, I have something to report,
news that will shock you as it did me when I discovered it. A few nights ago, something happened with
the Platinum Dragons. Look! Peeking into the skull one night, I was speechless. The ants were completely gone! Not a trace of them anywhere! Oh no! My mind raced as I immediately had Black Dragon
flashbacks. I assumed they had escaped, just like their
predecessors did. I checked the foliage above to see if it was
touching the lights. It wasn’t. I checked the waters for drowned ants. Nothing. I inspected the soils to see if perhaps the
colony had relocated underground! I could see no evidence of the Platinum Dragons
nesting there, either. And then I saw it! AC Family, the news regarding the Platinum
Dragons is that… They’ve officially created a leaf nest! Look! Right there! See all that debris?! I literally jumped for joy when I spotted
that the Platinum Dragons had created a royal leaf suite, within the concave spaces of the
leaves! This was amazing! And what was even more cool, is that it seems,
the ants have actually ripped off the debris walls from their old camp within the skull,
and carried it way up, to incorporate into their new home! Alright! These ants recycle! Another reason that this was exciting news,
is because, the fact that they’ve built this much larger and more natural nest structure,
indicates that for sure the colony had enough larval force to produce enough silk to glue
all this debris together! As we hoped, AC Family, the queen has been
laying eggs! Yay! They’ve even used some leftover roach exoskeleton
to give their leaf nest structure! Talk about resourceful, and look, there are
some Platinum Dragons now, assumingly guarding the nest entrances. I also noticed some springtails had followed
the ants up in the leaves, which was surprising because I always assumed springtails were
strictly ground creatures, but on El Dragon I guess they’ve evolved into tree-dwellers. Now I also noticed some peculiar webbing,
adjacent to the nest, which I had a hunch was not a Platinum Dragon structure. Have a look! Now I did some snooping, and I wasn’t able
to capture it here, but just this morning I spotted and confirmed that indeed this was
a spider’s web, but the spider was super small and not a threat to the Platinum Dragons. My guess was that the spider was probably
taking advantage of the small flies that were attracted to the decaying roaches that the
ants dragged up to their nest. This was also super cool because this spider
could also protect the colony, kinda like a guard dog, against any patrolling pharaoh
ants that may somehow make it onto the island, to get at the Platinum Dragons. Man, don’t you just love when animals come
together and team up?! Just awesome! Oh yeah, and there’s one final piece of news
to report about the Platinum Dragons! AC Family, just this morning, as the ants
dragged their latest meal up to their nest to feed on, I noticed something that I think
we all were hoping for. I am pleased to announce that as of this morning,
all the ants’ body mites have officially disappeared. Isn’t that great, guys? The Platinum Dragons are healthy, they have
a new home, and they have a very promising future ahead of them. And now to move on to an ant kingdom we haven’t
heard much about lately. In fact we’ve only seen them in one episode. In the low lands, sits the Grove, the quaint
territories of a young colony of terrestrial carpenter ants. Now, we haven’t heard from them much because
their colony is still young and they live underground where we can’t see them. They’re also nocturnal, secretive, and feed
very infrequently. Carpenter ant colonies as a rule, are relatively
slow-growing when the colony is young. The reason they feed infrequently is because
they actually have repletes, specialized worker ants who act as living food storage for the
entire colony, which means they can gorge themselves with food above ground when it’s
available, and then they can regurgitate and feed all the food to these specialized fattened
repletes, who then become the colony’s living food banks, to distribute food over an extended
period of time, as needed. A very useful adaptation if food above ground
is scarce. Hence, not much to report on them. I do suspect the colony is living somewhere
below this huge rock, but I’m reluctant to lift the rock up to check, in fear of injuring
the queen and young. I feel in no time, these ants will be abundant
and we’ll be seeing them foraging above ground more as the colony grows in size. There is some news however on their ever evolving
territories! Some new plants have begun to sprout! Like this cute spade-leafed plant here, and
this very cool and cute miniature plant, which I love the look of. It kinda reminds me of a miniature version
of mistletoe or something. And look, some awesome patches of moss have
naturally begun to grow in the Grove! This was so awesome! I have never been able to naturally grow moss
in my terrariums, but here in the Grove, it happened naturally, as they appear completely
happy to carpet the ground. Now, I still have hopes the colony will one
day move into this hallow bamboo, where we can better see them. OK, so let’s move on, to the Grove’s twin
territories. Flipping the table around, we have the ever
notorious wilderness, known as the Shire, territories of our exotic colony of Asian
bullet ants called the Black Panthers. Every single time I look into the Shire, the
territories look so different. Look at all that healthy vegetation! It truly changes the landscape! Inspecting closer into the thick forest, some
Black Panthers are working on a fresh cockroach carcass. These ants love their cockroach meat! In fact, take a look at this. One ant comes along, and completely ditches
her recent catch of a pack of worms, and joins in on the roach feast! These tiny worms by the way, are also a regular
food source to the Black Panthers, as I’ve recently come to learn, and are routinely
harvested by the ants, quite easily, from the watermelon pieces I place into the Shire. You see the watermelon is not only food to
the Black Panthers, but is also food to a variety of flies, as evidenced by this maggot
here, springtails, and tiny worms which clump together to breed, and I discovered the Black
Panthers have been regularly harvesting these worms, like gathering tasty berries, from
the surfaces of the watermelon slices. In fact, these ants have proven very intelligent
in their techniques for food collection. Of course, the ants prefer portable food items
that can easily be carried back to the nest, but when something is too large to drag back
home, watch how crafty the ants are! This ant grabs a mandible full of roach meat,
and incredibly, starts to pull. AC Family, watch closely as the ant displays
a huge feat of strength, as it attempts to literally pull the guts right out of the roach! It is actually gutting it right before our
eyes! Amazing! I could not believe what we were seeing! As you can imagine, doing this requires enormous
strength, but something tells me this isn’t the first time she’s done this! She relentlessly pulled and pulled with all
her might, as more and more roach guts came disconnecting from the roach’s exoskeleton
in a slimy mess. Opportunistic mites latched on to feast on
the freshly gutted food. And with a final strong pull, the roach’s
guts were suddenly separated from the exoskeleton, and the ant proceeded to carry this new fresh
piece of roach meat home! Unbelievable! I cannot believe we just filmed this whole
process! Right, AC Family?! As she brought the roach guts into the nest,
it made me curious as to how the inner nest was doing. I moved the rock rampart concealing the nest
interior aside, and peeked in. Immediately, I noticed a tonne of cocoons
all packed in a single cocoon hatchery! Wow! All these dark, brown sausage-looking things
are Black Panther cocoons. Within them develop adult ants. This colony was truly growing! And in a nearby chamber was the colony’s larvae
nursery! Look at all those hungry, squirming larvae. They cried and reached to feed from a piece
of cockroach the ants had dragged into the nest the day before. It was amazing to see the Black Panther young
like this, as we’ve seen in the Black Panthers’ previous episode. I’ve never seen ant larvae so mobile before! So, overall, it was very promising to know
that the Black Panthers were also well on their way to success. They had healthy young, a new upcoming army
of members in development, and have been quite sufficient at gathering all the food they
needed. Alright AC Family, so now we move up to start
revisiting the great OG colonies of the channel, beginning with the Golden Empire, our massive
colony of yellow crazy ants. Welcome everyone to the Hacienda Del Dorado,
the great ant kingdom which started off as a simple, neat garden, but developed over
time, into this huge partially open-concept paludarium. Now if there’s an ant colony that’s gone through
a lot, it has been the Golden Empire! These ants have been through so much, including
surviving a mite plague and even merging twice to form a super colony of now 8 queens, but
not without a war first! With their booming population and no predators
to limit their population growth, we attempted to add carnivorous plants into the lands and
even introduced a predator, a praying mantis, to hopefully control their explosive numbers. None of these options proved effective for
population control, and so we finally decided to add this spring pool, called the Golden
Springs, whose purpose was not only to provide the ants with a fresh supply of water, but
also hopefully naturally pick off a considerable amount of weaker less nimble ants that fell
into the Golden Springs, where they would drown. This solution has actually proven effective
over the several months since the pool’s installment. The Golden Empire no longer seems over populated. The Golden Springs have been the perfect population
limiter, and within its waters lived a water beast to feed on all the dead and drowned
ant bodies. Meet Emperor Sapphire, the colony’s pet water
beast who calls the Golden Springs home, and he is super OC at keeping the pool spotless
and tidy, but we love him for it. Now, AC Family, this may shock you, but something
has happened to Sapphire Emperor since we last saw an update on him. Here lies Emperor Sapphire’s empty shell. The Golden Empire has eaten all leftover parts
to it. You see, what happened was, Emperor Sapphire
has once again, shed his skin, and I fed the discarded exoskeleton that he didn’t eat to
the ants, which means, our Emperor Sapphire here is even bigger now, than he’s ever been
before. Have a look! Let’s coax him out with some fish pellets. There he is! He’s still quite shy, but as beautiful as
ever, and much, much bigger. As he stepped partially out into the light,
it made me realize that soon, we’ll have to relocate him into a much larger aquatic space. It will certainly be sad saying goodbye to
Emperor Sapphire, whom we’ve watched grow from just a tiny crayfish to this huge gargantuan
water beast, who by the way, could have left his watery home at any time, but has been
perfectly content living in these crystal clear waters. AC Family, do let me know in the comments
what you think we should do with him, and if we’re going to replace him, should it be
another crayfish or some other creature? I gave the Golden Empire a cockroach to feast
on. I truly love this colony of yellow crazy ants,
who have beaten the odds, and proved they had what it takes to build a successful ant
empire, despite all their challenges! And so, AC Family, we’re almost done our ant
roster, as we move on to our second last ant kingdom, that literally has had zero challenges
over the two years we’ve had them. Let’s look at how the Dark Knights have been
doing, our super colony of Black Crazy Ants, living in their multi-unit setup, composed
of naturally designed stacked AC Outworld units, all connected by a network of tubing. Now this colony has been so drama-free it
hurts! Trust me, I’ve tried to film them as often
as I could, but there is always no update on them ever, as they just seem to be the
perfect, problem-free colony. If I tried making a video on them, it would
just be the same stuff as was covered in their prior video. The Dark Knights are one of two ant colonies
to first inhabit this ant room, and the entire time, they’ve lived in a rather simple setup,
the conventional ant setup, involving tubes connected to separate, contained units, which
I do love. It’s what makes the Dark Knights’ home unique
from that of the other ant colonies of the channel, because their setup is quite simple
and not some complex paludarium, but wait! Simple does not mean boring, at all. No! Look at all the different units they occupy. We have Dark Knight territories here, connected
by tubing all the way up here. As well as behind the Hacienda Del Dorado,
down this connecting tube to territories up here, and even back there, an Uncle Milton
ant farm. In fact, the Dark Knights have the most expansive
setup of all the ant kingdoms, with a total travel area of 55 feet, which even extends
the other way, via tube running way up here, through a wall outside the Antiverse, and
descending down to my first floor, into my kitchen, and connecting to the territories
of the Dark Knights of the South, an AC Outworld and AC Hybrid Nest connection. These ants naturally travel great distances
and are largely nomadic in nature, which is why its no surprise the Dark Knights have
loved this current setup and proved to thrive in it! But AC Family, want to see the coolest part
about all this? Alright! Watch what happens when I place in a roach. I always try to stagger where I place the
food, so the ants don’t always get their meals in the same place. A few Dark Knights discover the new food,
and this is when the magic happens. Look at how quickly the message of new food
spreads throughout the entire territories. These initial scouts discovering the roach,
instantly get excited and run off to spill the tea to all members of the kingdom. News spreads first to the nearest nest. Workers come rushing out from underground
as soon as they get news of their new food prospect. The news of food travels through the tubes
through informants who rush out to nearby lands and inform every ant it comes in contact
with. These ants then go on to spread the news of
food, traveling through other tubes, to reach ants in the distant regions. This causes a slew of ants to come rushing
in to check out if the quite literal “juicy” gossip is true. It doesn’t take long before every member of
the colony is informed of the new food located in one of the units. Of course, news spreads in all directions! It also travels the other way, and travels
down the primary highway leading out and into the netherworlds below, to the Dark Knights
of the South, which of course causes hungry and excited ants to make the long commute
upstairs and across, over to the exact unit where it had been reported that a roach sits
waiting to be consumed. Isn’t it just incredible being able to visually
witness ant news spreading like this, throughout all camps of an ant colony, over such a great
distance? I love observing the mechanics of ant news
distribution particularly in this expansive setup of the Dark Knights! So it seems, this colony, as usual, is doing
well and is problem-free. Oh and if you’re new to the channel, you may
find it interesting that this colony is technically immortal. Yes, this colony just started off with two
queens, but has grown to hundreds of reproductive queens all laying eggs. You may want to watch a past video on this
colony, where I explain how the queens of this species, can produce males which are
genetically unrelated to their birth sisters, a phenomenon which baffles scientists, but
it means that the males of these ants can go on to mate with their sister queen alates
in the nest, to spawn even more egg-laying queens, totally defying the limiting rules
of incest. Therefore, as long as no outer force kills
the colony, the Dark Knights will technically be self-producing and will live on and on
and on forever. Talk about the perfect ant colony, wouldn’t
you say? So that concludes seven of the eight epic
ant kingdoms of the Ant Room. But now, we move on to our final ant colony,
that has provided me with the greatest amount of satisfaction over the years, but has also
caused me the most stress, provided me with the most challenges, and in every meaning
of the word, given me the most pain! They happen to be the very reason this channel
first exploded onto the Youtube scene, and are inarguably the most famous ant colony
on this channel. Welcome everyone to the Selva de Fuego, the
South American biotope river paludarium home of the Fire Nation, our massive colony of
fire ants. Leave a comment if you’re a die hard Fire
Nation follower! I realize there are many of you. The Dark Knights and the Fire Nation were
the very first ant colonies of this ant room, and it has been amazing to think that with
just a single pregnant queen, the colony has amassed millions and millions of aggressive,
hungry, resourceful, and remarkably water-proof ants. About 20% of this ant kingdom is composed
of a flowing river, matching their native motherland territories of South America. In fact, all plants and animals within this
kingdom were hand selected for being South American in origin. It even has its own waterfall and automatic
rain system. But unfortunately, as you may have heard last
week, the Fire Nation is currently facing yet another crisis which I promised to explain
this week. AC Family, something has happened to their
refugium, their hidden water reservoir housing an extra team of cleaning plants. I believe there has been a leak. I don’t know how or where the leak happened,
but when I had discovered that the soil portion of the Selva de Fuego was completely flooded
and water-logged, I panicked. I removed the outflow tube from the refugium
and connected it directly to the waterfall to restore the water flow down the river,
but what scared me was how much water had flooded the territories, and my only hope
was that the queen had managed to surface fast enough during the flood. If she hadn’t, the Fire Nation was inescapably
doomed. And as if this wasn’t a problem enough, I
also noticed that all our guppies, which once danced within the waters of this river, were
missing. AC Family, our Guppy Gang was nowhere to be
seen. It looks like we have another major crisis
to figure out and fix, and I need more time to work on it, and figure everything out. I will be sure to update you on everything
next week, but meanwhile, leave me your thoughts in the comments. Should I replace the refugium or just completely
get rid of it? What do you think happened to the Guppy Gang? Do you think the colony was able to surface
the queen on time, in response to the flood? As always, the fate of these ants depend on
our concerted efforts and collective decisions. Now with our collective consciousness of over
2 million of us, watching from all around the world, we form the most powerful and united
mass intelligence we’ve ever been able to access, much like our beloved ant colonies
of the Antiverse do, to problem-solve and overcome challenges, and I do believe we can
save the Selva de Fuego and our Fire Nation. Crossing fingers, AC Family. And that, guys, concludes our ultimate tour
of the Antiverse, as it exists today, and as usual, I will continue to do my best to
tell all the stories of these ant kingdoms, as they mind-blowingly unfold before us, so
we can gain inspiration from these ants, which are in many ways, a mirror of ourselves and
all of mankind, would you say? You know, I sometimes wonder, who may be watching
us from afar, like a mass consciousness and observer rooting for us secretly from some
expanse of separation, as we manage our way through worlds they created for us. Mind-blown! And at that, I conclude with our motto, which
has remained unchanged for 9 years, since the genesis of this channel, it’s ant love
forever. AC Family, did you enjoy this week’s long
2M subs episode? Man, I hope and pray the Fire Nation and Selva
De Fuegan inhabitants will survive their current crisis, but with your help, I know we will
fix this, so hit that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL icon now so you don’t miss out on the
progress of this ongoing ant story, and hit the LIKE button every single time, including
now. But now, AC Family, as promised, it’s time
for something a little special, as a celebration of 2 Million subscribers! To celebrate worldwide ant love, I got some
of my greatest youtube friends to play the ant scientific name challenge, where they
do their best to pronounce the scientific names of ants. Perhaps you might recognize some of them. AC Family, enjoy! So I’m here to give you guys the authentic
names of these ants. It’s your boy D-Trix and if this makes the
cut, subscribe to my channel the Dominic Show, hashtag ad. The first ant, ahem, obviously pogonomemexmex
… abrbotusbotus… Tetramorium sayspitum… Anaploplease graclaspess…. Camponotus noveborasensis… So I have some ant scientific names here and
my job is to try to read these ant scientific names to you guys who are watching. Ok so the first one is Camping in Pennsylvania,
ok camping in Pennsylvania USA, who wants to do that? So these are scientific ant names, um my personal
favourite is Solenopsis invicta,uh which I think is in Hary Potter. I remember him from that one. Paratre… paratre…paratrechina longicornis…
it’s when you paratroop to China. Last but not least, your favourite ant obvi
Diacomma roga sumpin’… roga sumpin’… rogawesome… it’s kinda like robitussin but rogasum. Those are awesome ants. Be careful of those ones because they bite! Tetramorium immigrans. Are they from a different country? Haha! They migrated from Europe. Awesome! Immigrants. Ants? Immigrants! It sounds like a spell from Harry Potter. Oecophylla.. Alright are they cheating in scrabble because
why do they put an “O” when they can just put an “E”? Haha! Camponotus, camponotus novaeboracensis… Pogonomyrmex barbatus. Uh, Crematogaster cerasi. It’s Ant love forever! It’s Ant love forever! It’s Ant love forever! Ant love forever! I’m just joking. Cat love forever! Yes! AC Family, please allow me thank each and
every one of you for all the support over the years, all of you who have subscribed
to the channel, and tuned in to watch ants every week, and helped these ant colonies
grow, you guys are the true MVPs! It blows my mind that there are over 2 Million
ant lovers in the world and counting! We are now officially on the road to 3M! Alright, for all you AC Inner Colony looking
for this week’s hidden video, feel free to watch here if you would like to see more extended
play footage of your favourite ant colonies of the Ant Room. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week, we asked: Who is Gaia in Greek mythology? Congratulations to Michelle McCollum who correctly
answered: Gaia is the Greek primordial
Goddess of the Earth. Congratulations Michelle, you just won a free
e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Which is your favourite ant colony
in the Antiverse and why? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free Hybrid Nest 2.0 premium ant farm from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to our channel as we
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