I Created a Pineapple Beach Vivarium for Ants | Super Relaxing Video

I Created a Pineapple Beach Vivarium for Ants | Super Relaxing Video


OMG guys, our AC Antiverse, i.e. the Ant Room,
has entered a new era of sorts. It seems gone are the days when one of our
ant colonies lived completely on their own in an ant farm, devoid of any interaction
with other creatures or micro-organisms. In our past videos, I have shown you how putting
together small and big, vicious and friendly, prey and predatory creatures co-existing within
their mini world can create healthy and thriving vivariums. Easy to make, but awesome for observing nature! We’ve entered the Era of Vivariums! This week, you are yet again about to see
how I transform one of the most famous forest tanks on this channel into a beautiful, exotic
pineapple beach paludarium. Pineapples, you ask? Yes, I know, pretty random right, but just
watch until the end to see one of the most unique paludarium creations I’ve ever made
in my life, and perhaps you can create one, too! Plus, I got some other updates on other colonies
in the Ant Room whose symbiotic setups have proven to be quite the success. AC Family, sit back, relax and enjoy these
awesome scenes of nature in tanks, as we marvel at the beauty and wonders of the small, big
worlds we created and continue to create together in our AC Antiverse. Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel! Please subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! A trap-jaw ant licks the juices of hemolymph
and guts oozing from the dying superworm. I had cut this superworm up and threw it into
their territories to provide the colony nourishment. She was lucky to stumble across it, and so
she now has the task of informing the colony of the bounty. There she goes to tell the gang. It isn’t long before a few of her sisters
return to the site to join in on the feast. This whole superworm will be enough nourishment
for a colony of thousands for a whole day, which is why it’s so important for them to
eat as much as they can now and finish it up before any other creatures come along to
steal it, because as you know, in nature, it’s a dog-eat-dog world! I’ll be getting into what other creatures
these trap-jaw ants compete with and need to worry about in a sec. But if you’re new to the channel, these are
trap-jaw ants, known scientifically as Odonotmachus simillimus, whom we on the channel have named
the Jawbreakers. They have massive bear-trap jaws, capable
of opening 180 degrees and shutting with lightening speed and force. They use this special power for various things
like cutting this superworm up, as you can see her doing here, jumping into the air,
as we’ve seen in previous videos, and of course attacking. I had the misfortune of being bit by one of
these ants and I promise, it felt like I was electrocuted. It hurts so bad! Those jaws are one of the fastest moving appendages
in the animal kingdom! It kinda makes me nervous because these ants,
the Jawbreakers, are about to have an extreme renovation done to their territories, and
I have to do it with the colony still inside, which means if I want this to be as pain-free
as possible, I’m going to have to do it carefully. I also have given them extra food today, to
minimize the number of ants foraging at ground level, to make my job a bit easier. This here is a cricket which they’ve already
found and have been working on. I think this ant is going to attempt to bring
this entire carcass home. Good luck! Now before we go ahead and give these lands
a makeover, there’s something important I need to address first that applies to each
and every single one of you, so hear me out. A lot of you AC Family have been saying you’ve
been subscribed to the channel but haven’t been getting notifications of these new videos. Youtube isn’t perfect and has glitches. If you know you’re subscribed, could you guys
do me a favour and check to see if you’re still subscribed, and if you want to be reminded
of these weekly, soon to be twice weekly videos, be sure to hit the bell icon, and choose “ALL”. It breaks my heart every time I see comments
from you guys saying I haven’t uploaded in so long, when in actuality I have been, every
week as normal, but Youtube hasn’t been notifying you of my videos. I have tried to contact Youtube support but
they’ve told me it’s up to you guys to check and make sure you’re subscribed and part of
the notification squad. Whatever the case, let’s move on! So, now for the great renovation! Here’s why the lands of the Jawbreakers needed
to be changed up. The Hacienda del Dorado, a lush kingdom that
has witnessed tales of millions of ants and other organisms, has undergone the most changes
of any terrarium in the entire Antiverse. It was once the home of a huge supercolony
of yellow-crazy ants, an OG colony of this channel, called the Golden Empire. But out of nowhere, the Golden Empire was
crippled by a plague of blood-sucking mites, and had to be relocated to rehabilitate. They now live in an epic AC ant farm setup,
along with teams of beneficial creatures living with them in harmony. With the Hacienda Del Dorado now vacant, the
next ant colony in line for a larger space were the Jawbreakers, this colony of Trap-Jaw
Ants. They turned out to be the perfect colony for
this enormous glass structure because they don’t like heights and don’t climb glass so
keeping them contained was a breeze. And so today, four months later, this is what
the Hacienda Del Dorado looks like. Look! The plants had grossly overgrown. The leaves of this Green Nephthytis has totally
reached the mesh. Yup, this plant’s gonna need a cutting or
it’ll completely push against the mesh cover and grow out of this tank! Also, here, the swampy marsh near the waterfall
has grown a bit stagnant. Water from our waterfall has found a leak
hole in our plastic catcher, which is so exposed now. It used to be covered in moss. And so did the rocky wall of our waterfall. A lot of that moss had died out. Guess growing conditions weren’t suitable
for the species. It has thrived on this beach plateau of the
pond, but as you can see the lands were in need of a serious makeover! All that exposed plastic were cringe! But despite how unattractive the Hacienda
Del Dorado had grown, animal life within it has continued to flourish quite well. Time to meet some of the creatures the Jawbreakers
live with. Check it out! In the pond are these cute little cherry shrimp and rasbora fish. They help keep the aquatic environment clean. Now remember the vampire crabs I introduced
to the AC Antiverse five months ago? As you saw in a precious video, I decided
to put some of them in the Hacienda del Dorado. Check out this one eating organic bits from
the top of the waterfall rocks. It’s amazing how it managed to climb up here! By the way, our vampire crabs need a name
so pls take the time to vote for a name here, based on my top 5 picks from you, the AC Family
in a previous video. Thank you AC Council for your input. In case you might have seen a famous BBC video
where ants were wiping out a population of land crabs from Christmas island, don’t worry. That doesn’t happen all the time. In some cases, ants can get along with crabs. Case in point the vampire crab inhabitants of the Selva
de Fuego, the epic paludarium kingdom of one of the most meat-hungry and aggressive ants
I’ve ever owned – Fire Nation fire ants. See? A Fire Nation worker ant crawls on this crab
in search of anything organic it can eat trapped in spaces of its exoskeleton. Like a cowbird on a cow, this crab could offer
a hidden treasure on its body. It’s an interesting symbiotic relationship
because the crab benefits from the ants cleaning areas it can’t reach on its exoskeleton, and
the crab eats up any garbage or dead ant bodies the ants dump into the river, thereby keeping
the river cleaner. The crab also benefits from the protection
of a massive stinging colony of Amazonian ant warriors living all around. The crabs and the fire ants are friends in
a sweet biological partnership. Now speaking of biological relationships,
another territory is proving to benefit from this mixing of creatures, as well. The Canopy of Vortexia, our tree-top forest
home to our aggressive Weaver Ant Colony, The Emerald Empire has developed into a wild
jungle of a world. A month ago, I upped the bioactivity of these
territories, and introduced a colony of Dubia roaches and superworms to roam around the
land. Today, the creatures all live occupying their
particular niches. The superworms and roaches feed from the leaf
litter eating up decaying leaves from the trees. And every now and then, the weaver ants will
hunt the weakened individuals. Check out this cockroach nymph they’ve hulled
up into the trees and are consuming just under the nest. Talk about strong legs, these weaver ants
possess. Woops! If one ant let’s go too early they could drop
this massive carcass. Thankfully, they take shifts holding the roach
so they can rest while the roach is being consumed. But, as the Creator of Worlds of the Antiverse, I had to make some edits to plans. Remember the Death Sprites, our microhylid
frogs last used to keep the population of the Jawbreakers in check? I’ve decided to move the final frogs out,
because I would like the Jawbreaker population to get much bigger. They’re now living in this temporary holding
cell. Does this glass enclosure seem familiar to
you? Yup, this was the former home of my Gooty
Tarantula but marshed up. I can’t decide though whether I should keep
these frogs or let these frogs go back into the wild where I got them seeing as they’ve
successfully completed what I needed them for. What do you guys say? Vote here, AC Council! Alright, and now the moment we’ve all been
waiting for. Pineapple Beach paludarium! Let’s begin the transformative process of
the Hacienda Del Dorado. This was going to be one of the coolest things
I’ve ever created on the channel. First on the agenda of business, was to chop
these overgrown Green Nephthytis plants. Here we go. For those who may be concerned about the plants,
don’t worry, because these leafy plants are resilient. Even if I clear cut them, they’ll grow back,
plus I’ll be replanting these cuttings into a pot and use them to decorate my home. See they have roots! All other clippings, I’ll be using to feed
the creatures of the AC Nucleus, our composter and breeding chamber of bioactivating soil
creatures. Next, I wanted to remove some of these big
driftwood pieces… and carefully move this massive driftwood
piece closer to the back. I instantly saw that the Jawbreakers had been
disturbed and were now scrambling around. I had to be extra careful now not to get bitten
nor destroy their current nest tunnels too much. And after three careful hours of work, the
new Hacienda Del Droado was complete. AC Family, behold! The newly refurbished Hacienda del Dorado. Isn’t it just beautiful? It was an exotic and tropical paradise. Ooohhh I can’t wait to show you around! OK, first and foremost, let’s look at all
the new plants! AC Family, I want to address the pink pineapples
in the room! My favorite plants here of course are these
gorgeous and vibrant red pineapple plants, known scientifically as Ananas bracteatus. Its radiant colors gave energizing explosions
of reds and pinks to the lands, something I’ve never done before, but looks totally
amazing! I see them almost as plant pets now! Haha! I also installed a variety of epiphtic bromeliads,
also relatives of the pineapple. These are airplants called Tillandsias. I just love the look of them! I installed some vein plants, which add a
glorious complementary mix of dark greens and reds to the lands. And also some Peperomia growing in patches
all around. I planted some Calathea in the marshy swamp
to help keep this area cleaner. I also removed the plastic shelf, and filled
the marsh with java moss, so that more water could cascade into this marsh area, get filtered
naturally by the Calathea plants and moss, and spill into our pond. Doesn’t it look just stunning? Ahhhh mossy swamp heaven! Speaking of waterfalls, I improved that area,
too. I planted little bits of java moss along the
rocky waterfall, which has proven to do well in our other paludarium, Pacmania of Jabba
the Hutt, our Surinam horned frog. My hope is it continues to thrive and cover
this rocky wall. I left the bird’s nest fern inside, as well
as some of the old Green Nephthytis plant. But another of my top favourite things about
this new design, guys, is what I see as the icing on the cake. This white pebbly pathway completed the entire
pineapple beach look of this paludarium. Doesn’t it all look pretty unique? Unlike any paludarium we’ve ever made before. It actually reminds me of a river beach I
once visited in Borneo. Habitats like this actually exist in the wild. And look, our inhabitants seem to enjoy the
newly rejuvenated lands. The shrimp, fish and snails are enjoying their waters, which they can
probably tell by now feel cleaner thanks to the secondary marsh filter they have now! And so are the crabs. Looks like this crab decided to take advantage
of the renovations happening and stole the Jawbreaker’s superworm during all the commotion! What a sneaky fellow! Okay, maybe, that’s your house-warming gift
Mr. Crab. And of course, the stars of the show, the
Jaw breakers also showed signs of settling into these new lands. I could see most of them digging their tunnels
now and many individuals taking a stroll around exploring their new lands with wonder. As a house warming gift, I gave them another
superworm which they proceeded to feed from and rip, rip, rip chunks of flesh off to take
home into their underground chambers. So, I think it was safe to say this new renovation
project of the Hacienda Del Dorado and species mixing has been a great success! Wouldn’t you say? Over time, I truly enjoyed watching all the
inhabitants going about their business in these great lands which offered various microhabitats
for the inhabitants. We have a canopy of wood and bromeliads above,
an undergrowth of plants and pineapples, a marshy swamp area, a rocky waterfall, and
a pond. I do feel like with all of these amazing niches,
we can still stock this vivarium with more creatures. What do you guys think? Leave your suggestions for other creatures
you think we can add to these lands and watch integrate into this amazing community of life. I was thinking possibly a species of frog
that won’t eat our crabs nor our ants, and perhaps a species of lizard that won’t eat
our ants, nor bother our crabs, but can eat crickets or roaches perhaps. Whatever the case, I’ll definitely need to
do more research before deciding and can’t wait to hear your ideas, AC Family. And so, once again, our projects have been
pretty eye-opening! We’ve built some pretty awesome biological
partnerships in these worlds within glass we created, and it is just so awesome to know
you guys are joining me on this never ending journey of discovery and creation. I also love that a lot of you watching are
getting into this hobby of keeping various ants and creatures. I know you guys are capable of creating amazing
worlds like this in your home. If you’re wanting to start with an ant colony,
I suggest starting small and simple. My website AntsCanada.com offers some easy
to use homes in which you too can build complex communities of various creatures living with
ants. Just a reminder though that if you’re going
to mix larger species together like crabs and frogs and such, you need to research every
species carefully and ensure every creature has their own space and needs met, so that
there isn’t any overbearing competition for space or resources, as well as an imbalance
of sorts. I love this new Era of Vivariums we’re entering,
AC Family. It’s a new and hollistic mindset for the keeping
of the wildlife we care for. I’ve actually been doing a lot of research
lately on permaculture, of all things. I’ve recently become a farmer myself, and
no not just ant farms, but actual farming, farming. Hehe! And one of the things I’ve come to realize
based on permaculture principles, is that for an entire biological system to work, you
can’t just isolate components of the system and expect it to thrive forever, but rather
you need to include all components of the system in order for it to be sustainable. This means, you can’t have just ants in an ant farm and expect them to thrive
forever. Some strong ants might, but there would be
pieces missing. The ants need their posse of beneficial creatures
like sprintails, isopods, and beneficial mites to help them out in life. Imagine us being placed into a foreign world
where we need to survive ourselves, without stores that sell us food, garbage men who
deal with our garbage, doctors who help us heal, construction workers who build us homes,
internet and television to educate us on what’s going on, etc? But if all of that was placed into the world,
we’d all thrive. I’ve learned Wildlife is kinda the same. There’s a whole economy of relationships happening
out in Mother Nature, and we get to see evidence of it more and more in our Ant Room lately. It’s funny, if you leave ants in a clean ant
farm long enough, beneficial creatures just end up finding their way in and populating
the ant farm, anyway. That’s how strong the bond between these creatures
that naturally share a space is, and that bond to me is such a beautiful thing to witness. As was said in one of my favourite movies
of all time: Life finds a way. Thank you for finding your way to this video
and channel, guys! I hope to see you again next week. It’s ant love forever! AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? Man, I love the new Hacienda Del Dorado and
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experience! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to see what creature I discovered in our Nucleus when I placed
some clippings inside! You may be quite shocked just as I was so
go check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What helps a Gooty Tarantula stick to glass? Congratulations to BrunoVentura22 who correctly
answered: The setules, microscopic hairs in the paw
tuffs. Congratulations Bruno, you just won a free
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My New BULLET ANT Colony

My New BULLET ANT Colony


On this channel, sometimes we lose ant colonies. Death is a sad reality of life and the hobby. But sometimes, we get lucky, and one of our
lost ant kingdoms comes back to life. I have some great news, AC Family. One of our ant colonies is back, having returned
from the dead, and this time, I have a plan to make sure they stay with us forever. An Asian bullet ant worker, emerges from the
nest to smell the morning air, like she does every morning. But this morning was a little bit different. They had woken up to their new home, with
us. A few of her sisters also seem pretty curious
at the new world beyond their nest, and what a world it is! AC Family, you guys will get to see what we
created for this new colony of Asian Bullet ants in a bit, but first. There’s a commotion at the foot of the ant
hill. One of the colony’s early risers had found
a huge piece of superworm. Alright! She moves down to help her out. Together they lug the massive superworm up
their great ant hill cliff, but being intelligent ants, one of the ants decided to scope out
the best route up the hill in advance. Oops! Looks like this hill isn’t as sturdy as they’d
thought. After all, they had just built this ant hill
fortress overnight and the grains of dirt still needed time to set. I can’t even begin to describe just how happy
I am that we have these incredible ants back again, and I’m sure all of you long time AC
Family here are feeling the nostalgia, too! But if you’re new to the channel, these are
Asian Bullet Ants, Diacamma rugosum and you’ll get to see just how awesome they
are in this episode, as well as some pretty amazing things I managed to catch on camera! But to fill you newcomers in, earlier this
year, our star colony of Asian Bullet ants, we called the Black Panthers, had sadly died
out due to natural causes which I will get in to in a sec, but I’m pleased to say, I
managed to obtain another colony of these incredible beasts, and this time, I’ve come
up with an interesting way that theoretically should ensure history doesn’t repeat itself,
a plan to ensure this Asian Bullet ant colony lives forever! OK, so in order to better understand things,
you guys gotta take a look at how unique Asian Bullet ants are. These ants live a curious life. They belong to a few of about 1% of ants that
run on what’s called a gamergate system. And, this is how it works. In typical ant colonies, a single queen who
was born a queen with wings, mates with males, who also have wings, during what’s called
a nuptial flight, which happens about once a year during their breeding season. After mating, she would then lay out a tonne
of eggs, which turn our to become worker ants which care for her and the colony, as she
continues to lay more and more eggs for up to 30 yrs. But the moment the queen dies, the colony
inevitably dies out, too, because each worker only lives for a few months and once the queen,
the main egg-layer is gone, there’s no other ant that can lay eggs to continue the next
generation of workers. They can’t invent a new egg-laying queen. But these Asian Bullet ants however, don’t
follow this life cycle system! Get this! They run on a gamergate system which is 100%
queenless! Yes, every single member of the Asian Bullet
ant colony are worker ants, and one of these worker ants, the most dominant one, takes
on the role of egg-layer in the colony. This special worker is called a gamergate. She looks totally identical to the other workers,
but the only thing is, only she is allowed to mate with males and lay all the eggs. I’ve tried to locate gamergates in the past,
but it’s really hard. I try to look for a swollen gaster or ant
butt, but I’ve never found her. But anyways, the advantage of this gamergate
or queen-less system, is that once this gamergate dies, a new gamergate, the most dominant one,
will take on this much-coveted position. I made an episode about the unique and amazing
life of Asian bullet ants and their gamergate system when I first introduced them to the
channel, which you might want to check out after watching this video. But now, as per how I believe our former Black
Panthers died out suddenly earlier this year, going from super well to disappearing into
extinction. My suspicion is that the gamergate had died,
and a new gamergate had assumed her throne, but the only thing she needed, was an unrelated
male ant to mate with. There were male ants present in the colony,
but they were all her brothers, so I suppose they weren’t for Game of Thrones Style inbreeding. I feel in Asian Bullet ant society, much like
a pride of lions, males leave their birth colony and wander off to seek out an unrelated
colony with a gamergate in need of mating, and that’s how new gamergates become official
egg-layers. And again once this gamergate dies, the cycle
continues over and over again. Oh and by the way, I forgot to mention that
these unfertilized gamergates awaiting for males to mate with them, can still lay eggs. But these unfertilized eggs grow up to be
males only. Weird, I know. Ant genetics! Gamergates absolutely need to mate with a
male ant in order to produce female workers. Alright, so now that you understand the life
cycle of Asian Bullet ants, AC Family, I have to share with you my epic plan to make sure
that these ants continually keep perpetuating. We are lucky to have a second chance at keeping
Asian Bullet ants, and this time, I’m determined to keep them alive and going on forever. AC Family, presenting to you the Black Panthers
2.0 Two containers, you ask? Yes, you’re right. What we have here are not one, but two Asian
bullet ant colonies. Collected from two different areas, so we
know for sure they’re unrelated. Let’s call them Colony A and Colony B for
now, but if you have better name suggestions for these two camps, let me know in the comments. So as for the basic premise of my plans, we
could essentially attempt something similar to cross-pollination. Theoretically speaking, we could technically
take males from one colony and allow them to travel to the other colony to mate with
any gamergate needing fertilization, and vice versa. Both colonies could technically keep each
other going, hopefully forever. But AC Family, in order for all of this to
work, I needed to create the perfect set up for this biological engineering execution! It’s time to create some new ant worlds! To begin, I will need these materials. AC Family, it’s time to take us back to classic
ant keeping, and after all the complex vivariums we made this year it’s very refreshing for
us to go back to the fun basics! Don’t you think? An AC hybrid Nest 2.0. This, in particular, is the Formica version,
but any version could have worked. This AC Ant Tower Large. These two AC outworlds. These tubing to connect them. Coco fiber, plants, and the nucleus. Now if you’re new to these Hybrid Nests, they
come with a cover to allow the ants to remain in the dark when you’re not watching them. It also has pre-made chambers and tunnels
for the ants to inhabit and use as desired. The bottom has microholes at one section to
allow for hydration of the nest. You can put cotton in this hydration tub here
or any type of hydration medium you want. Lately, I find coco fiber works really well
because it doesn’t mold and it’s water absorbent. This amount is sufficient. And, on goes the nest like so. My hope is they’ll discover the darkness and
moisture of the Hybrid Nest and decide to move the colony in here to be their new nest. By the way, shameless plug, these Hybrid Nests
are available at 20% off on my website AntsCanada.com just for the holidays, so go get yours today. It also comes with a free ant keeping handbook
so you can become an ant keeping pro! Next, is the Ant Tower Large. These two ports will allow the ants to be
connected to other setups but for now I’ve got them blocked up with plugs, so the ants
remain in here to nest. Like the hybrid nest, this, too, has a hydration
tub at the bottom. This centerpiece here forces the ants to dig
their tunnels and chambers near the glass. But since our Asian Bullet Ants are large
ants, I can remove this outer layer here to give them more space to dig tunnels. Alright so now, let’s prepare this ant tower. Some coco fiber in the hydration ring. Again, you can use sand, sponge, cotton, or
your preference. Then I reattached it to the ant tower. Let’s proceed with these AC Outworlds. They will act as the outer world of the ants. So I wanna decorate them to look more natural. I used silicone caulking to glue this bottom
plate on because it can actually come off in case you wish to stack multiple outworlds. The cover has a double inner lip where you
can put a barrier to keep the ants inside. And if you need access to the nest, you can
easily remove this cover. Also, there’s a feeding chute here. For now, I will apply baby powder as my barrier. The same goes for the other one. Now, before we start decorating, let’s bring
in the Nucleus, the creational furnace which houses epic populations of soil biota and
microorganisms, as well as our manufacturing facility of awesome fertilizer. I got some of the earth and mixed it with
coco fiber. Now we’ve seeded a good soil creature population
and blended in our fertilizer for the plants. I put in a thin layer of the mix into the
outworlds and Ant Tower. Oh, hey, look at me touching these worms. It only proves that you can overcome any phobia
with time and patience. There perfect. Now, these plants are ready to be planted. And after two hours of work, this is what
the Black Panthers’ new epic setup looked like. AC Family, behold! The new double kingdom of our Black Panthers
2.0. Let me show you around. The lands were an entanglement of vines, ground
plants, and stones. Both outworlds needed to be simply decorated
with low soil level, so that the ants wouldn’t end up moving into these soils. We want them to move into the formicaria. The Ant Tower was ready and set for the bullet
ants to inhabit it. I used a stick to start a burrow in the Ant
Tower. Let’s cross our fingers and hope the ants
find it. Right now these two setups which will become
the homes for Colonies A and B are not attached, but I’ll get into how I will attach them later. You see, I can’t allow the two colonies to
mix as they’d go to war, but I had a super cool way to make sure only males could move
to the other colony’s nest. That’s coming up in just a moment, but for
now, it’s time to move the ants into these new homes we created for them. You guys will truly love this! It was just sooo cool! Here we go! Putting on my gloves. These ants aren’t called bullet ants for nothing! They have a painful sting and I’m not about
getting bit tonight! Let’s begin with Colony A. Ready? And into the Ant Tower they go! And there you go. The ants immediately surveyed the land and
began seeking a space for shelter. Some ants were tasked at carrying the brood. And great news: they immediately found the
starting burrow I created for them and began digging into the Ant Tower. Meanwhile, the outworld attached to the Hybrid
Nest was ready to welcome Colony B. There! A swarm of ants immediately roamed around
their new territory. They climbed the vines and plants of their
new home. And, in no time, some courageous ants traveled
the tube and discovered the Hybrid Nest. Yay! It wasn’t long before the ants decided that
yup the Hybrid Nest would be their new home, and check out how cool the ants looked up
close! Whoa! The Asian Bullet ants looked magnificent this
close, and huge! Checking on Colony A in the Ant Tower, the
colony had decided to start moving in the brood into the tunnel. It was officially their new nesting chamber
which they would start expanding outward. It was just so satisfying to see the ants
were loving these new homes we made for them. One thing I noticed though, while analyzing
the close up footage of Colony B, I saw no brood, except for a couple of eggs. There were no larvae or pupae. Could this mean Colony B had newly appointed
a gamergate and she was just starting to lay? Could she have mated already or was she still
awaiting fertilization. No worries though because, I will now show
you the final addition to these setups which will allow males from Colony A to mate with
any existing unfertilized gamergate from Colony B, and vice versa. The next day, I had given both colonies some
chopped up superworm in the morning, which they took home to their colonies (Music only). Colony A had completely transformed the lands,
and overnight had created a vertical ant hill. They piled it all up grain by grain. Let’s peel off this red film and see how the
ants are doing inside. Whoa! Check out the extensive tunnels. Wow! They’re eating! The colony and their larvae are having a feast
today. Let’s have a look at them using red light. Just amazing right, guys?! So cool how with the red light, we can see
them, but the ants still feel like they’re in the dark, seeing as they can’t see red
light. Now peeking into the Hybird Nest of Colony
B. Awesome! They were loving the nest. They certainly have a lot of space to expand
and grow into. They were huddled in groups munching on superworm
pieces. So as for the final touch to my ultimate plan. The whole reason I chose to house these Asian
bullet ants in formicaria, as opposed to huge vivariums, is because I needed to be able
to monitor them. I needed to see when each colony was producing
male ants and once the male ants did arrive, I could then go ahead to do this. Check it out! As you know, our AC outworlds are stackable,
and if I stacked both outworlds but kept the barrier on the lid of the bottom outworlds,
it would be enough to keep workers ants in the bottom outworlds, while allowing male
ants who could fly up passed the barriers into the upper worlds, to use this tube here
which I’ll attach now to form a bridge between the two upper outworlds, and voila. Our bullet ant colonies could live forever. So check out the system: Colony A would produce
males who will have the natural urge to find another colony, it will leave the nest and
smell the pheromones released by Colony B’s gamergate, travel up and through the bridge
tube, enter Colony B’s outworld, enter the Hybrid Nest and mate with the gamergate. Conversely, males from Colony B could do the
same only the opposite way. And that AC Family, should theoretically work
for us to keep both colonies alive forever. Once gamergates die and new gamergates rise
to power, unrelated males could come to the rescue and mate with them. In my mind this should work, but only time
will tell if it does. For now, I’ll keep the colonies disconnected
just in case the pheromones stress out the opposing colonies. Again, we can’t forget the colonies are technically
enemies, even if they need each other to perpetuate. Hey, would Ying and Yang be cool names for
our two Black Panthers? Should we keep the names Black Panthers, or
should we just completely rename them? Also, do you guys think this setup work? Let me know in the comments! If this does work, we can apply this setup
to all ants operating with a gamergate system from here on in, perhaps even revive our Dracula
Ants, the Blood Legion! As always, I’m on a constant quest to provide
my ants with the best lives possible. In my heart, I want nothing more than all
the ants under my care to be the happiest pet ants, providing them all things they need
to live their best lives. I’ve learned that this requires close observation
and study, and at times a bit of experimentation, some trial and error. Over the next few days, I marveled at and
was reminded of how amazing Asian Bullet ants are. I sat and watched them for hours, and it was
actually cool to able to see them like this due to the visibility of the formicaria. You see, the old Black Panthers were housed
in vivariums and though I could peek into a y-tong cement nest they had, every time
I peeked in, the ants would move the colony to darker areas of the nest away from the
glass. But here, the ants were okay with letting
me watch them in plain sight. I also love seeing what the ants do underground. It was great having the Black Panthers back. I learned today, that though deaths are part
of the ant keeping hobby, sometimes death makes it possible for life. I’m happy that these incredible Asian bullet
ants have returned to our Antiverse, leaving a legacy that never dies and lives on forever. AC Family, aren’t you happy the Black Panthers
are back? Should we rename them, though? Let me know. There is still so much ahead in the Antiverse,
and we’ve started uploading two videos a week for the month of December anyway. You don’t want to miss out on all these great
and inspiring stories of nature in our Ant Room, so hit the SUBSCRIBE and bell icon for
notifications now so you don’t miss out! And please remember to 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, click here for our complete story line playlist, so you
can follow all stories and colonies, as well as the various creatures we have in the Antiverse,
so you can better appreciate why we love them all so much! AC Inner Colony, I’ve left a hidden video
for you here, if you’d like to watch the full construction and landscape designing of these
Bullet Ant setups. It was a fun process, and I think those of
you AC Family who actually have any of our AC ant farms or need ideas on how to landscape
your ant farms at home, would truly find it helpful. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What is your favourite thing about the new
Hacienda Del Dorado design? Congratulations to Jack Hay, who answered: I love the water/marsh part, and how the crabs
can get in and out of the water as they please, living symbiotically with the ants! Congratulations Jack Hay, you just won a free
ebook handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why would it be a bad idea to mix our two
bullet ants colonies together? 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 and Wednesday 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!

Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast

Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast


Last week, we welcomed a new ant colony to
the channel, some golden-gastered Polyrhachis ants who moved in to El Dragon Island, but
we were shocked to discover the ants were gravely infected by a plague of mites. Together we, the AC family, decided to keep
the ants and go ahead with treating them with lemon therapy. A bold move for us, but a choice I think we
were confident to make because just beside this infected colony quarantined on El Dragon
Island, stands a kingdom of ants who actually managed to overcome and survive a mite plague
in their past, reminding us every day of the power of perseverance and never giving up. Today, we visit the majestic Hacienda Del
Dorado, and check up on how the Golden Empire, our yellow crazy ant supercolony has been
doing, along with their pet water beast/undertaker living in their communal pool, and AC Family,
you will be shocked to see what our water beast looks like today! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! The Hacienda Del Dorado stands tall and mighty
at the heart of the Antiverse, towering high above all other ant kingdoms in the ant room. Admittedly, it is one of my top favourite
ant farms ever created on my ant keeping journey. The Hacienda Del Dorado is a paludarium, which
means it is part terrarium and part aquarium. Peeking into the terrarium portion, the ants
of the Golden Empire are busy going about their various usual tasks peacefully, constructing
nest tunnels, cleaning and upkeeping the territories, and hunting for food. I could watch these ants all day, as they
construct some of the most impressive ant hills in the entire Antiverse. One of the things I love about the Golden
Empire is that they’re stingless. They don’t have stingers and their formic
acid sprays are too weak for me to feel, so I can work around them without having to worry
about pain. Aside from that, I also love their gorgeous
translucent golden colour which sparkles like droplets of honey in the light. It makes for a beautiful sight to behold as
they move about in orchestra. Here is their feeding pit, the location I
place most of their food. And speaking of which, AC Family, it’s feeding
time. Placing in a roach, and the Golden Empire
is happy to accept the day’s feast offering. Take a look at them swarming that roach. That’s some great protein, that will eventually
make its way mouth to mouth to all members of the colony through a process called trophallaxis,
and end up nourishing the eight queens, as well as the colony’s larvae who need the valuable
protein the most. If you look carefully, you’ll see the Golden
Empire’s symbiotic co-inhabitants, a colony of springtails we call the Spring Cleaners,
who live mutualistically with the ants. They feed from the Golden Empire’s leftovers
and molds that grow from their bathroom areas and food scraps. Essentially, they need each other, a perfect
example of symbiotic mutualism, a biological pact of interdependence between members of
the Hacienda Del Dorado. Don’t you just love when two organisms become
allies? It’s also great the Spring Cleaners are around
because I don’t need to worry about spot cleaning so much, except maybe for things like this
huge mango pit. Sorry, ladies. Just cleaning up! But perhaps one of my favourite things about
the Hacienda Del Dorado is the communal pool, you guys called the Golden Springs, a planted
rock face from which a spring feeds a pool of water, within which lives the great water
beast of the Hacienda Del Dorado. If you’re new to the channel, we moved a crayfish
into the Golden Springs to feed on dead ants drowning in this pool. This pool in fact was set in place as a form
of population control for the Golden Empire, because imagine having eight egg-laying queens
and no predators. The Golden Empire’s population needed some
curbing, so this spring pool was perfect as some ants would fall in and drown, so we released
a crayfish into the pool to eat these decaying ant bodies. And AC Family, it turns out this crayfish
recently shed its skin, which means it had grown in size, but when you see just how big
the crayfish is now, you guys will completely trip out! But hmmmm it seems to be rather shy at the
moment, hiding somewhere there in the shadows of its back cave. Let’s add some fish pellets and try to coax
the beast from its darkened aquatic den. Alright, any moment now… Or not… Hmmm… Still shy. Alright maybe if I turn off the spot lights,
it’ll be much more at ease to emerge. Let’s try. OK this water beast is still reluctant to
come out. I know it’s in there staring at us from within
the shadows. Alright, while waiting, AC Family, the time
has come to finally announce this crayfish’s official name! In our last video featuring this water beast,
we ran a poll on the top name suggestions by you the AC Family, and the winning name
was “Empress Sapphire”. Quite a beautiful name, actually, but it turns
out some of you crayfish experts were able to analyze the footage, and determine that
this Empress was actually an Emperor! It was male! What a surprise that was! I had purchased the crayfish as a youngster
and the man who sold it to me had told me that it was a female and that I could mate
it with the white male crayfish you saw it dueling with in that last video. Well, that was my fault for trusting him,
because the two crayfish were both male and two different species! I truly apologize for that video, by the way. Thankfully both crayfish were unharmed in
the end, but from now on, this water beast living in the Golden Springs of the Hacienda
Del Dorado shall be called “Emperor Sapphire”. Alright Emperor Sapphire, please come out
so the AC Family can marvel at how beautiful, I mean handsome and dashing you are. No response. It was then that I noticed there seemed to
be something odd about the rocky spring climb. It looked a bit stagnant. I moved aside the vegetation and roots growing
around the spring, and yup, just as I suspected. Water wasn’t flowing from it. There was a bit of water movement so I knew
there was still a connection to the filter below but the tube from it was definitely
clogged. Moving down to inspect the filter, it looked
like water was reversing out through some holes which were supposed to suck in water. Not good! I needed to locate the clog and remove it,
because currently, without this spring functioning properly, this water was not being filtered. Water entering and leaving the filter, failing
to cascade down past the plants, moss, and algae was not being purified, and dirty, poisonous
waters are bad news for the Golden Empire who drink from the Golden Springs and Emperor
Sapphire who lives in it. So, it was time to put on my gloves and assume
the role of royal plumber! I went in to inspect the filter, and unplugging
it from the Spring tube, I saw that the water was still flowing properly from it, which
only meant the spring tube was clogged up. So, I gathered my highly sophisticated tool,
a piece of wire… and I tried my best to stick it into the hole
from the top of the spring, but no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t
seem to get in through the top. Golden Empire ants were crawling all over
my arms at this point, tickling me, but still quite the disruption. My next attempt was to try to stick the wire
in through the bottom! I pushed the wire as far into the tube as
I could, and surprisingly it went in pretty far, and when I felt I had gone far enough,
I pulled the wire out and with it came all the gunk that had clogged the Golden Springs. Take a look at how much gunk I managed to
pull out. Pretty gross. And after reconnecting the tube to the filter,
voila, the spring was restored. This was awesome! Water once again cascaded down and around
the rocks and moss, and past the roots of the plants, biologically purifying in the
process. The waters could once again be clean enough
for the Golden Empire to drink, and Emperor Sapphire to live comfortably in. And since I was successful as a plumber just
now, I might as well take on the title as Royal Gardener, too. I rearranged some of the vegetation back into
place, and cut back some of the leaves of the philodendron and bird’s nest fern. Now I bet all this work around the Golden
Springs really spooked out Emperor Sapphire. Let’s leave the Hacienda Del Dorado alone
for the night, and revisit in the morning. Man, I just love this kingdom so much. Lights off… By morning, the Hacienda Del Dorado is alive
with the onset of morning sun. The Golden Empire relishes their day’s cockroach
meal in the feeding pit. Still no sign of Emperor Sapphire emerging
for us. He’s quite the recluse isn’t he? We’ll see him eventually! I love how alive the Hacienda Del Dorado is
all the time, workers of the Golden Empire always on the move, constantly changing the
shape and look of the Hacienda Del Dorado. Can you believe these lands once looked like
this? These territories have evolved massively to
become the paludarium extravaganza it is today. If you haven’t followed the Hacienda Del Dorado
story and the epic history of the Golden Empire, it’s truly one of my favourite story lines
on this channel. Feel free to watch the Golden Empire’s entire
journey here after watching this video. It’s full of ant wars, creatures coming and
going, carnivorous plants, mites, and of course, ant pets like Emperor Sapphire. I say Emperor Sapphire is the Golden Empire’s
pet because I do feel the ants keep their crustacean co-Del Doradan somewhat contained
in the Spring Pool. Surprisingly, Emperor Sapphire has made no
attempts to escape or crawl out of the Golden Springs ever, although he techincally could
at any time. I do believe Emperor Sapphire genuinely loves
the Golden Springs, but I am also confident, the Golden Empire has made sure to let their
Emperor Sapphire pet know that he is not to leave his aquatic palace. It looks like over night the waters have improved
due to the plumbing fix, and have trickled down a neat new path along the leaves, creating
surface water disturbance, which was excellent because it increased oxygen in the waters,
a great thing for Emperor Sapphire. Speaking of which, AC Family, no sudden movements. Emperor Sapphire is in our presence. Do you see his antennae? Look at how wide they stretch, from one end
all the way to the other! Isn’t that amazing? Alright, let’s try again to coax him out of
hiding. Adding some fish pellets, and oh, here he
comes! AC Family, look at him. Oh, he didn’t come all the way out, and I
don’t think we could appreciate his size from what we just saw, but let’s hope comes out
a bit more later. It really amazes me observing Emperor Sapphire
living within the Golden Springs, as he will randomly decide to show himself, or body parts. I know he has great vision and waits for me
to leave the Ant Room before emerging to do his thing, and the few times he did emerge
in my presence, my camera was not on or nearby, or I was too slow to capture his brief appearances. I even tried different tactics to get him
to come out entirely for the camera, like bribing with lettuce. It worked, sorta. Emperor Sapphire is no dummy. He grabbed the goods and retreated into the
darkness of his cave. I even tried placing in a superworm treat,
but that seemingly disappeared when I blinked. Emperor Sapphire is smart, fast, and elusive. I actually don’t mind this and I want him
to know that I respect his need for space and privacy at all times. I do feel he trusts me, and so I would never
go in and force him out of hiding. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about all
this nature videography, it just takes a little patience. While waiting, I was often distracted by the
Golden Empire traveling through their various established trails and pathways around the
Golden Springs. AC Family, have a look. I loved how proficient these ants were around
water. They had regularly traveled wooden bridges,
plant roads, and Great Wall Highways all around and through the Golden Springs, and despite
all this slippery terrain and fast-flowing water all around, most ants generally did
not slip in. And AC Family, take a look at this! I also loved watching the ants drink from
the Golden Springs. Because of the Golden Empire’s semi-translucency,
you could see which ants were carrying water in their social stomachs to deliver to the
rest of the colony underground. These workers were like living water servants,
collecting water from their communal pool and distributing it throughout the kingdom. Isn’t it amazing how ants are essentially
like a real human kingdom? And AC Family, here we go finally! Have a look at the face of the kingdom’s giant
pet water beast. Emperor Sapphire has finally agreed to come
out and say hello! Look how big he is! And look at that gorgeous blue colour! His claws were adorned with ruby-coloured
hair and he was emerging to pick at stuff from the filter. Isn’t he just so adorable?… I mean, ok manly, and emperor-ish! Awww… I think I offended him. Having the Hacienda Del Dorado and all its
inhabitants has truly been an incredible journey. The Golden Empire, though perhaps not the
most popular colony on this channel, perhaps because they get overshadowed by some of their
more aggressive counterparts, has still stood the test of time. They’ve persevered and problem-solved and
have learned to establish a great balance with the inhabitants sharing their territories. It’s a feeling that most ant keepers who’ve
had ant colonies that have survived with them for many years can attest to, but perhaps
can’t quite explain. In ant keeping, I do feel like I grow with
my ant colonies that have been with me the longest. I wonder if you guys who have been following
this channel for awhile feel it, too? Don’t you guys feel the Golden Empire has
become family, much like we were accepted by them into their fold, to walk among them
in their territories, to watch and be part of their every day lives and challenges, and
even care for their village pet. Well, that’s how I feel, and don’t at all
feel like I am their master. I feel more like they let us in, and I am
grateful to have been able to experience the Hacienda Del Dorado with you guys again today,
and hopefully for more Golden days to come. Long live the Golden Empire and the Hacienda
Del Dorado. It’s ant love forever. Shhh… here he comes… Oh, Emperor Sapphire… I am not worthy of your might and strength! I cowar before your powerful crayfishlyness! I think I offended him. Alright, AC Family, did you enjoy today’s
walk through the Hacienda Del Dorado? The Golden Empire is truly one of my favourite
ant colonies ever and the Hacienda Del Dorado, simply a joy to watch and care for. But there is so much more news coming up with
my other ant colonies and even non-ants, wink-wink, so be sure to hit that SUBSCRIBE button and
BELL ICON so you don’t miss out on our weekly ant videos, which are always full of discovery
and ant goodness! And hit the LIKE button every single time,
including now. 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
in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Before we continue with AC Question of the
Week, I would like to plug my new daily vlogging channel, daily vlogs of my travels around
the world, which often includes a lot of nature stuff. Please feel free to subscribe when you’re
there! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why do we hope these
mites are phoretic mites? Congratulations to Keri White who correctly
answered: Because phoretic mites
do not suck insect blood. Congratulations Keri, you just won a free
ebook handbook from our shop. In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why was unclogging the
spring pool in the Golden Springs an important thing to do? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also 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, and
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OH NO! MY ANTS ARE GONE!

OH NO! MY ANTS ARE GONE!


Welcome, AC Family to Ant Bite Wednesday,
covering the world of ants as they relate to social media, global news, and ant keeping! OMG guys, I have an important update on the
Black Dragons, aka our young Polyrhachis colony on El Dragon Island. Don’t panic, but apparently, they’ve disappeared! If you’re new to the channel, my very first
paludarium called El Dragon Island was designed to house some Polyrhachis ants, who naturally
build nests in leaves. The colony was still young, and were under
siege by some wild pharaoh ants, that tried to swim across the moat to get onto the island,
but we added some Rasbora fish into the waters to eat the pharaoh ant trespassers, whom we
suspect killed our Titans last year. Anyway, over time, everything was going as
planned. The ants made a nest in the dragon skull adorning
the eastern rock plateau and workers emerged once or twice a week to feed. But a few weeks ago, they seemed to have skipped
feedings and weren’t seen foraging anymore. I assumed their last meal had been bigger
than usual so they had lots stored in their crops. Their nest was still there in the dragon’s
skull so I assumed all was well. But now three weeks have passed. I am currently away in the Caribbean Islands
exploring ants, but I have an app which helps me see the ant room in real time from my mobile
whenever I want, and also communicate directly with my house keeper who cares for all the
ants in the Ant Room while I am away on these exploration trips. This time, she told me that she tried to check
the skull because she hadn’t seen the Black Dragons for so long, and was shocked to discover
the skull was empty! I am completely flabbergasted by the Black
Dragons’ disappearance. My house keeper has tried to look everywhere
but doesn’t see them in any of the leaves nor drowned in the water. I won’t be able to check up on El Dragon nor
the Black Dragons until I get back home two weeks from now. When I do, I will surely update you all on
what has happened, but I am trying my best not to panic just yet. In all my years of ant keeping, I’ve come
to learn that ants, being such small creatures, can find and get to places that we humans
as giants cannot see nor access. Let’s hope they made a nest in the soil or
in a hidden spot of the leaves somewhere. There is still hope for the Black Dragons. Sorry that this week’s ANT BITE WEDNESDAY
comes bearing shocking news, but I had to let you, the AC Family know ASAP what has
happened! Do stay tuned for the update! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Click here to follow the entire El Dragon
Story.

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


Greetings, ant lovers! Welcome to another episode of the AntsCanada
ant channel, a mid-week episode to help you get through your hectic week! Today we look at my extremely interesting
colony of weaver ants, we call on the channel the Emerald Empire. They surprisingly decided to start nest building
this week, so I felt it was a perfect opportunity to create a video on their latest activities! So, if you’re new to my videos, first off
welcome to the channel! Now, the Emerald Empire here is my pet Asian
Weaver ant colony, known scientifically as Oecophylla smaragdina. They are easily the most unique ants I’ve
ever owned because of their nesting behaviours. These ants create huge basket leaf nests in
trees and shrubs. Can you imagine ants that don’t nest in the
ground like most typical ants, but rather that create nests above you in the tree tops? What you see here is that awesome process
now. Every now and then as the ant colony expands
and grows too large for their current nests, the colony will decide that it’s time to either
expand their current leaf nest, or build a new leaf nest. The Emerald Empire here had decided it wanted
to do both. Check it out! This here is their main nest but they’ve decided
to expand with a few leaves pulled in, extending the nest more rightwards. That will be some awesome new space for them,
I think. And guys, if you look a bit further down…
there! You’ll see where they’ve decided to nest build
their next leaf nest! Check this out! Whoa! Ain’t that just awesome, guys? I just love watching them build during this
nest-building process! Now, check out how awesome and organized the
process of nest-building is for these weaver ants! Basically, they divide the tasks up. First, you have workers that act as “brace
ants”. Essentially, workers who bite down on one
edge of a leaf and cling on with their back legs to the edge of another leaf, and in unison
they pull these leaves together. These ants have the hardest jobs because imagine
for a small ant, how much force and strength it would take to literally bend leaves many
times your size in unnatural positions and hold them there until the other workers bind
them in place. It’s mind-boggling when you think of it. And while the leaves are braced together,
that’s when a second team of weaver ants come in. The gluers! Workers use special silk produced from their
larvae to glue these leaves together. This is how weaver ants get their name. It’s kinda like a seamstress going in and
weaving a quilt together, with leaves being the quilt patches. Once this silk dries, it forms a strong, waterproof
wall, strong enough to keep the leaves in position. Now all this energy and work doesn’t come
without a price. This extra work for the colony requires more
food to power their activities, as well as help the larvae produce the extra needed silk. So, there are ants in charge of food collection. Here, some workers have managed to capture
a baby roach nymph, which they hunted at ground level. The Emerald Empire actually shares their home
with a colony of Dubia roaches, and this baby roach will provide a lot of great protein
and nutrients for the colony’s larvae to produce extra silk. They’ve actually been preparing a head of
time and gathering extra roaches days in advance, as you’ve seen in our last episode. Many ants are also at the sweet food station,
gobbling up as much sugar as they can get. Carbs will help the colony work and give them
the energy needed to pull off these huge operations. The rest of the ants simply stand guard with
jaws wide open, to attack any creature or predator that might find this vulnerable time
for the colony to move in and attempt to disrupt their nest building. They should be done all the nest building
by tomorrow. Now, aren’t these weaver ants some of the
coolest ants you ever did see? I think so. The fact that the ants nest build in perfect
synergy like this just blows my mind, and that of biologists, too. We’re not sure how the ants decide who does
what job in this massive cooperative push, but we guess it’s simply the ants communicating
via pheromones what jobs need to be done and in what amount, and at what times. It’s collective ant intelligence at work,
and now you’ve seen it in action. If you wanna watch more of the weaver ants
building their nests, to the sounds of some relaxing music, just click here! It’s a hidden video specially made for you,
guys who’ve watched the video this far. So, thank you, guys for watching! We’ll see you again with another episode this
weekend. It’s ant love forever! Hope you can SUBSCRIBE to the channel, as
we upload a new video on ants and other creatures every Saturday and for now Wednesday, at 8AM
EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this video, to help us keep making more, particularly if you want
more of these mid-week episodes. It’s ant love forever!

Beach Ants

Beach Ants


Ever wonder if there are ants at the beach? Do ants take tropical beach vacation getaways
like humans do? The answer will surprise you. This week, I had the opportunity to spend
my Christmas on some secluded but tiny tropical islands, and my main goal was to find out
what the ants on secluded beach islands were like, how they lived, or heck, find out if
there even were ants on secluded beach islands at all! AC Family, let’s make a quick escape from
the on-going tales of our antiverse in my ant room in Manila, Philippines and travel
thousands of miles westward to a gorgeous tropical country called Maldives, tucked far
away out into the Indian Ocean, and find out what beach ant colonies are like, 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 channels not showing nature
shows. Just watch this channel. Enjoy! The Republic of Maldives is a South Asian
country composed of over 1,000 coral islands out in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian
Sea near the country of Sri Lanka. Its crystal clear waters, amazing wild life,
and luxurious beach resorts have made it a growing tourist spot for beach enthusiasts
around the world. I knew nothing about the place before coming
here, other than the fact that a few celebrities I follow online have vacationed here and posted
some pretty neat photos of the place. But when I arrived I was shocked to see not
only how beautiful it was, but also how rich the Maldivian wildlife was, both in the sea
and on land. Allegedly friendly reef sharks and some really
interesting marine fish swam all around us just outside our rooms, we interacted with
wild stingrays, which I had no idea was a safe thing to do, massive fruit bats flew
from tree to tree, huge solitary bees buzzed around, shore birds and herons hung out at
our pools, and super cute agamid lizards scurried about waiting for insects to pick off, and
oh, the plant life – man, that tropical, beach plant life though! But with such a lush and thriving ecosystem
on these secluded islands, I was sure there had to be ants here somewhere! So I asked the locals about where I might
be able to find ants and what type of ants existed in Maldives. Of course, if you’re not an ant nerd like
me, most ants might look the same, so the general consensus was that there were pretty
much only three types of ants in Maldives. They were described as follows: The first
type were described as being big and black, and that to me screamed Camponotus, i.e. carpenter
ants. Ooohh Maldivian carpenter ants! Super exciting. Let’s hope we see some today! The second were described as some small red
ones. That sounded like a fire ant species, perhaps
like our Fire Nation? We’ll find out! And finally some harmless black ones that
come in swarms, and of course, that to me sounded like black crazy ants! To think, our Dark Knights have a Maldivian
counterpart? So cool! So according to local sources, there were
these three ants and that was it. Now although Maldives was pretty geographically
secluded and each island was super small, I still found it hard to accept that there
were only three species of ants on these Maldivian islands, so it was time to find out! I booked some tours to go Maldives island
hopping and broke away from my tour group to shoot some ants! By the way, AC Family, if you’re excited about
today’s episode, please hit that ‘LIKE’ button and let me know. Alright so wandering off the tourist path
a little bit, I instantly came across this open sandy area with sparse vegetation, and
it was full of little pits. Ant holes! Check it out AC Family, it looks like we’ve
found our quote-unquote small, red ants! But looking closer at them, you could tell
right away that these red ants were NOT fire ants. These ants looked different from our Fire
Nation, but they were just as energetic! I loved watching them run about constructing
their holes and small ant hills. Have a look! Now one thing you might notice about the ant
hills of these ants is that they aren’t really huge nor too conspicuous. I feel when you live on a beach where you
don’t have a whole lot of plant coverage, you don’t want to make your fortress too obvious
and announce to predators that “Hey, this is where we live.” Now I couldn’t even pin a genus on these girls
to identify them, until I spotted from the corner of my eye this! A Supermajor! The supermajors were super shy and weren’t
plentiful. Now these ants weren’t our Titans, Asian Marauder
ants, but were probably a smaller and similar species belonging to the genus Pheidole. Red ant mystery solved! Let’s move on! My friend who was ant-hunting with me, called
me over saying “Hey, I found a huge black ant!” Yes, perhaps it was our native Camponotus! When I finally saw it, I was shocked and filmed
it with my eyes and mouth wide open the whole time. AC Family, check it out and see if you can
tell why! Do you see something funny about this big
black ant? Well, AC Family, this actually is not an ant. Believe it or not, this here is a spider! A jumping spider, to be exact, probably belonging
to the genus Myrmarachne. This spider was an ant mimic! Don’t believe me? That right there is its web den! Not only is its body shaped like that of an
ant, but it also moves its front legs in the same way an ant moves its antennae! Isn’t that just amazing, AC Family? Now you might be asking, why would a spider
want to mimic an ant? What evolutionary purpose? Well, there could be several reasons. First, many animals actually dislike or fear
ants, having learned to stay away from them due to their bites or their foul taste. A predator may choose to eat this jumping
spider before this apparent ant. Second, this spider may actually look like
her favourite prey, and so looking like an ant may help her get close enough to pounce. Whatever it is, these ant-mimicking spiders
of which there are hundreds of described species are super cool! Don’t you think? Ok, so this wasn’t our big, black carpenter
ant! Let’s move on! Plus, we still needed to find some wild Dark
Knights, Maldives chapter! Speaking of which, AC Family want to hear
something cool? Alright, so it made total sense that the Dark
Knights, commonly known as black crazy ants would be found here in Maldives. If you were ever wondering if ants take tropical
beach vacation getaways the answer is yes, they do, only they end up staying at these
tropical destinations, and black crazy ants happen to be the ultimate world vacationers. You see at one point these Maldivian islands
had their native set of ants species like the Pheidole ants, but as soon as the islands
began to develop and later turn into a tourist destination, it opened its borders to immigrant
ants. With human tourists, come the need for the
importation of supplies, including food items, building materials, decorative plants and
trees, and pretty much everything and anything that people can’t readily acquire on these
tiny islands. During a chat with the general manager of
the resort I was staying at, I was surprised to know that twice a week, huge barges of
supplies are shipped into the island to stock the resort with everything they need. And of course, with these supplies, can come
tiny ant vacationers traveling for free. All it takes is one pregnant queen ant, or
even whole colonies inhabiting any of the goods coming in, for a colony of immigrant
ants to establish themselves on a small island. They can even be hiding in something as simple
as a garbage can on a boat. And low and behold, near a school in one of
the local communities, I saw some naturalized Maldivian citizens of Dark Knights. As was described to me by the locals they
moved in huge swarms with such vigor and power! Having whole armies of immigrant ants like
these black crazy ants move in to a new place can be problematic for the local ecosystem
especially for a small island, because they can displace, kill, or out-compete native
ants, which already have stable relationships with the plants and animals around them. Imagine if these black crazy ants wipe out
a native species of ant that a certain species of plant depends on to disperse its seeds
or pollinate to bear fruit? Or what if these black crazy ants have a taste
for creatures that native ants typically leave alone? Black Crazy Ants, though we love our Dark
Knights, actually pose dangers to ecosystems especially on small islands around the world,
because of the fact that they are such avid world travelers. And so are these ants, ghost ants! Tapinoma melanocephalum. These tiny bundles of energy are called ghost
ants because of their semi-transparent gasters which make them look like floating heads. Ghost ants are also notorious world travelers
having established themselves in subtropical and tropical regions around the world. I spotted them forming a massive trail running
up and down this tree and towards the beach! And here is exactly what I was talking about! AC Family, look! It looks like these ghost ants have stolen
the bounty of some larger Maldivian native ant, and have formic acid sprayed it to immobilization. I watched as it kicked and struggled in pain,
as the ghost ants feasted on what was supposed to be a meal for the native ant’s colony. Scenes like this are heart-breaking, but it’s
part of the natural world where the survival of the fittest rule reigns supreme. So what are people doing now to try to stop
ant tourism? Surely, for islands like Maldives, human tourism
is an important industry, bringing the nation a steady amount of income, but how do we protect
the native ecosystems from falling apart due to invasive, tourist ants to these small islands
like those of Maldives. So, to deal with that, prior to landing in
Maldives, I was surprised to see that the Maldivian government required all planes coming
in to be sprayed with a pesticide. If you find it weird that they would do that,
check out this huge spider that flew with me sandwiched between the two panes of glass
making up my plane window. The flight staff told me, they had watched
that spider grow, which means, beyond the mystery of how it got in there in the first
place, it was actually feeding on a regular supply of insects! Fact is, insects can be anywhere and travel
thousands of miles with people more often than one would think. Also, thankfully, most countries are strict
with what fauna enter and leave its borders. Our GAN Project, which has supplied thousands
of ant keepers with ants for their ant farms also aims at reducing the black market trade
of ant colonies as pets to private owners, to help stop the migration of foreign ants
to new places, by connecting local ant keepers. But no other sight spoke the message of the
need for preservation of native ants and ecosystems as clearly and beautifully as this next scene
you are about to see, AC Family. At the base of one of the trees, near the
ocean, I spotted something totally magical! It was a huge, black ant! We found our native Camponotus ant. Wow! Look at how gorgeous it was! But then I noticed something even cooler! It was attending to some small tiny pink creatures,
and that’s when I realized, AC Family, that OMG, this carpenter ant was milking a mealy
bug. What we are witnessing here was a carpenter
ant milking an ant cow! You see the mealy bugs feed from the juices
within this tree root and if you look carefully, you will see the ant gently stroking the mealy
bug with its antennae. This stroking eventually causes the mealy
big to release a sweet secretion called honeydew, a bi-product, which the ant drinks up cum
gusto! I have never been able to film this beautiful
act of symbiosis this close. You can almost see the small appendage of
the mealy bug running through the ants’ mouth parts. Is that like an ant cow teat? I watched for a long time as the carpenter
ant milked the mealy bug then left to visit other mealy bug sites that it knew, including
this one which was a mealy bug with baby mealy bug calves around her! Isn’t this all just unbelievable. An ant farmer with her ant cows, AC Family. In order to preserve these beautiful and important
moments of nature, as has been the common message these days, we humans do need to be
mindful of our activities as key players in the natural world. The final ants I saw as I left Maldives a
few days ago, were some native black ants of which I didn’t know the species, relocating
a dead Maldivian native carpenter ant to an area not blocking one of their foraging trails. They were cleaning up! This made me think, hey if tiny ants can work
together at cleaning up a mess that isn’t theirs, why do we people have such problems
working together to clean up our own? It’s ant love forever. Yes! AC Family, thanks for watching another week
of ant discovery! Hope you guys are enjoying your holidays! What types of ants have you guys seen while
on vacation? Let me know in the comments! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch a super cool video of ants and other creatures
I shot in the wilderness and oceans of Maldives! And before we proceed to the AC Question of
the Week, in case you haven’t heard yet, our annual Christmas Sale at AntsCanada.com is
still in full effect but there are only two days left! This year we have a great sale on our brand
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me and discover these amazing creatures that live in your neighbourood! Alright, and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the week! Last week we asked: Which of our ant colonies
was the first to receive their Christmas gift? Now this was a trick question because a lot
of you answered the Fire Nation which indeed was the first recipient of their Christmas
gift in the video, but congratulations to MobileChampion 21 who correctly answered: The Golden Empire It was mentioned in the video that the Gold
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I Was Swarmed By Fire Ants And Survived (True Story)

I Was Swarmed By Fire Ants And Survived (True Story)


it was a boiling hot summer day the
temperature is easily over a hundred degrees the woods all around me are
silent but I know they’re out there looking for me and my partner we can’t
rest long we’ve been on the run for 18 hours straight since last night and
we’re both exhausted grudgingly we pick up our aching bodies and push on into
the thick brush once more checking our compass to make sure we’re on the right
heading I’m somewhere in the deep woods of the southern United States in a
military land navigation and survival training program six months ago I was
just a regular teenager and now I’m hiking through the deep woods on the
alert for the squad of instructors whose job it is to hunt me and my partner down
our goal is simple we have to reach three different way points and check in
with an instructor at each before hitting our extraction site the total
course is about 30 miles but the waypoints are set up so that you have to
take a long winding path to get to each and they each have to be hit in
Secession causing you to double back for part of your route the entire time
there’s six instructors hunting you and if you get caught you fail if you miss a
waypoint you fail if you take longer than 36
hours to complete the course you fail failure means you get washed back have
to try the entire program again with a different class or you simply get kicked
out of the program entirely I don’t want to fail before we set off we’re given a
crash course on all the natural hazards in this part of the American South
alternating between swamp and forest terrain there’s the threat of snakes
alligators of venomous spiders killer bees and last but not least fire ants we
all paid attention during the briefing but I think most of us were worried
about alligators and snakes how bad could insects really be I’d soon find
out eventually my partner and I made our way to a road that cuts through the
woods and we approached very carefully roads our danger crossings because the
moment you step out of the wood line anybody within two miles could have a
clear line of sight of you you typically want to cross a road in the middle of a
bend that way no one can have a direct line of sight to you past maybe a few
hundred meters no such luck here though this road is a
long and straight and though it probably makes a turn a few miles down or up from
us we’re not sure in can’t risk adding miles or hours to our
time we find a sheltered spot with a good view of the road to simply taking
the opportunity to eat a quick meal we’ve been given one meal ready to eat
or MRE each for the 36 hours we’re expected to complete the course
so hunger is ever-present we’ve been encouraged to forage even hunt if we can
manage it in fact I think we’re expected to there’s no way a single MRE can give
you the calories you need in this heat when you’re on the move for a day and a
half straight we munch on a few edible roots we manage to dig up early this
morning as well as a small portion of the MRE we decided to use the MRE to
supplement whatever food we find out here in the wild rather than eat it out
right as we rest we watch the road for 30 minutes waiting to see if there’s any
traffic it’s a small two-lane road and after a half-hour we don’t spot any
vehicles so decide it’s safe to cross a normal danger crossing would have one
or two members crossing at a time while the rest of the team took up overwatch
positions to give covering fire if need be
we’re unarmed though so decide that it’s best we cross together as quickly as
possible we identify a spot with great concealment in the woods on the other
side of the road that’s fairly close to the road itself and we slowly start
making our way to the road on our side suddenly there’s the sound of an engine
and in a flash we both hit the floor my partner manages to get behind the thick
bush but I’m a little more exposed than he is so I roll behind a thick fallen
log I got a little too much momentum though and to stop myself I reach out
with my left hand and brace against the log my hand pushes into the soft rotten
wood but I don’t notice a Humvee with someone in the turret is slowly making
its way down the road and I could see a glint of binoculars which means this
person is looking in my direction I freeze immediately barely breathing even
though I’m suddenly out of breath from panicked before we set out my partner
and I had put on thin skinned black leather gloves and then we use duct tape
to close the gap between the gloves and the sleeve of our uniform blouse we did
the same with our pant legs tucking them into our boot and then using the duct
tape on top of the boots this is so that fleas ticks or any matter of insect
would be unable to crawl inside our uniform it also means our hands and feet
are hot as hell but we stop every 6 hours to let them breathe and wipe up
excess sweat from our feet so they don’t start rotting away as I am carefully
watching the Humvee move in our direction I’m not paying attention to my
left hand unbeknownst to me when I reached out to brace myself against the
fallen tree truck to stop my roll I punched into the soft rotting wood and
straight into a nest of fire ants the ants are now angry extremely angry and
they are on the warpath dozens upon dozens of them have already begun
attacking my gloved hand but thanks to the tough leather I feel nothing now
they’re moving their way up my hand to my arm and because my uniform is sealed
at the wrists they can’t find a way in they can only keep marching up my arm
closer and closer to my neck and the only entry point to attack my body and I
am completely unaware that any of this is happening the Humvee is moving slowly
the person in the turret carefully scanning with binoculars he looks in our
direction and I remain utterly motionless holding my breath so that I
don’t accidentally make a small leaf or twig move as I inhale then I feel a
sharp pain on my neck a moment later a second sharp pain great some bug just
bit me and it’s probably still crawling around on me I just hope it’s not
venomous and I pushed the thought away I can’t move I can’t give myself away I
can’t fail my training then there’s three more sharp pains and a second
later a dozen all at once now I know something is seriously wrong and I can’t
help but turn my head and look at my shoulder I almost wish I had it my arm
all the way up to my shoulder is a black and red mass of ants
my hand is wrist deep in their nest and the angry ants are swarming by the
hundreds covering every square inch of my uniform and finding a way inside it
through the top fire ants are an invasive species to the United States as
well as many other nations and regions around the world believed to have been
accidentally brought to the US and shipping crates fire ants quickly set up
shop all across the American South and every year they push just a little bit
further up north while they can’t survive cold weather for long thanks to
global warming the maximum range that they can inhabit has been steadily
increasing year after year amongst ants they’re known as one of the most
aggressive species and regularly killed birds and small mammals they’ve even
been known to bring down larger livestock when it couldn’t flee after
stung into a fire ant nest the u.s. spends
millions of dollars every year in treatment for fire ant bites as well as
measures to attempt to control the insects for a long time it was feared
that the ants would even drive many species of native animals extinct most
notably lizards which are unable to flee fast enough to save themselves over the
last seven decades though American lizards have evolved longer legs and new
behaviors to avoid fire ants now these tiny aggressive invaders were
busy invading me and every second dozens more poured inside the top of my uniform
the horror of discovering my entire left arm and shoulder covered in a solid
matter Vance was too much for me and I immediately rolled away from the nest
part of me tried to fight for control to maintain my discipline but now my brain
was kicking into survival mode and the pain was becoming incredible I was being
bitten by dozens of ants every second I had to do something
fire ants attacked prey and intruders by biting down with their pincers and then
using their pincers for grip stabbing repeatedly with the Stinger in their
abdomen often an ant will fight in this circular pattern as it turns over and
over stinging repeatedly this is what makes fire ants unique amongst most ants
the ability to sting multiple times when the ants stinger penetrates the flesh
and injects a toxic alkaloid venom called Solon Thompson for humans this is
typically not dangerous unless you’re allergic much like a bee sting but it
does produce intense burning pain hence the name fire and recently those
scientists have discovered that a fire ants venom might actually affect the
nervous system itself which might account for reports of hallucinations by
victims the ants were now inside my uniform though thankfully I was wearing
a tight-fitting compression shirt beneath my blouse it fits snugly enough
against my body that a lot of the ants can’t find their way under that to get
to my chest but at this point I’m covered in so many ants that plenty do
in a panic I leap up and rip off my blouse tearing away the duct tape that
keeps it securely attached to my gloves at this point my partner has realized
that I’m covered in hundreds of ants and forgetting all about our tests he makes
a break for the Humvee to flag it down for help
as he’s running I’m stripping out of as much of my clothing as I can because by
now the ants have gotten my compression shirt and our stinging my
chest and back stumbling and wiping away dozens of stinging ants from my body at
a time I’ve worked my way toward the road and in seconds
someone’s grabbed me by the shoulders and is dragging me toward the Humvee at
this point my vision becomes hazy my hearing is slightly distorted and I
can’t quite tell what’s going on I’m laid down on the road and one of the
instructors grabs a can of diesel fuel from the back of the Humvee and douses
my entire body with it fire ants are pretty unaffected by water but in an
emergency gasoline or diesel can irritate ants and force them away I can
hear someone on the radio calling for a medivac but everyone’s voice is sound
distorted I can’t make out much of what’s being said and my vision is
getting dark around the edges the pain which was like searing hot fire across
my body is fading away too which is nice the next thing I know I’m
waking up in a medical tent and IV in my arm and a medic standing at the foot of
my cot I find out that I was unconscious for an hour but my heart rate and
breathing remained strong so they cancel the medevac flight to the hospital the
medic asks me how I’m feeling and I tell him that I can taste iron in my mouth
and that my body feels like it’s on fire my arm is covered in dozens of small red
bumps each one a different sting and when the medicals of a mirror for me I’m
horrified to see that I have dozens upon dozens of stings all across the left
side of my face down my neck shoulders the upper part of my chest down my arm
to the elbow it almost looks like I have severe chickenpox but in just a few
areas of my body a military ambulance takes me back to
the training depot and there I see the doctor at the attached clinic he tells
me that I’m thankfully not allergic or else I’d be dead as I received well over
a hundred bites all across the upper left side of my body he wants me to get
checked in at the hospital though just to monitor my condition is a cautionary
measure I asked him what that’ll mean for my training and he tells me that
I’ll get washed back but be allowed to repeat with a new class in a month I’ve
been through hell with my class by now pushing each other along when each one
of us wanted to quit at some point in our training we started with 40 and are
down to just 15 of us at this point I’m closer to these guys than almost anyone
else in my entire life I don’t want to quit now
want to finish with another team I begged the doctor to let me stay
eventually he calls in my training unit commander who tells me to shut up and
follow the doctor’s orders I beg him this time to let me stay he
thinks about it asked the doctor if it’s even possible the doctor says that if I
survive the initial stings there’s little danger now but it won’t be
pleasant for me I shrug tell them both that I’ll deal with it
my commander agrees but warns me that the only slack I’ll be cut is not being
forced to wear camo paint because of the risk of infection on my bites I’ll be
expected to keep up with everyone do everything else everyone else does
no quarter given I agree and the next day me and my partner are forced to
restart our navigation course from scratch
he doesn’t mind though he was given the option to finish alone the day before
but he refused because that’s what family does over the next few days the
bites hardened into small white lumps the doctor wasn’t kidding training
becomes even more of a living hell the bites hurt bad
due to the constant rubbing of my uniform and body armor against my skin
soon they start to lose paws and at the end of each day my shirt is covered in
salt and crusted sweat and pus I was given a cream to use to prevent
infection and ibuprofen for the pain the cream apparently works but the ibuprofen
doesn’t even touch the intense pain the nights are the worst though the
temperature stays close to a hundred degrees and I’m so miserable I can
barely get any sleep and we’ve already been sleeping too anyway
I pushed through it though eventually the small white lumps hardened and many
of them tear off due to friction from my skin in my uniform on my gear I’m
carrying up to 80 pounds sometimes and it’s sheer agony but I keep on anyway
after a week I’m exhausted and on the verge of total collapse but my bites
have finally begun to fade and this face of my training is nearly complete when
we leave this base of training a few weeks later my unit commander approaches
me and shakes my hand he doesn’t say anything just shakes my hand and
he doesn’t need to a year later I’m with my active unit but I hear about an
accident back in training some new kid was sleeping out on one of the courses
in the middle of the night fire ants came across him he got bit all over his
body and woke up in the middle of it he ended up having a worse reaction than me
and was medevacked out nearly died from it and they ended up giving him a
medical discharge from the military to most people fire ants are a nuisance but
to this day whenever I see any type of ant I can’t help but shudder and I thank
my lucky stars that I wasn’t born allergic to fire ant venom have you ever
been bitten by fire ants let us know in the comments and as always if you
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