FIRE ANTS KILL THEIR FIRST LIVE PREY | Surprising Predatory Reaction

FIRE ANTS KILL THEIR FIRST LIVE PREY | Surprising Predatory Reaction


This is it! Time to witness predation in its purest form. What you’re looking at here is the Phoenix
Empire, my 9 week old fire ant colony that has grown so big now and has become so voraciously
hungry, that I felt it was time for the biggest step of their development, the most crucial
event of their entire lives as fire ants: it was time for them to experience what it
is like to kill live, moving prey for the very first time! Ladies and gentlemen, today the Phoenix Empire
will finally learn what it truly means to be fire ants, here on the AntsCanada ant channel! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! These fire ants of ours don’t know it yet,
but they’re in for something pretty crazy! You’ll get to see how eager and happy these
fire ants are to kill their first living, moving prey! What happens at the end, though, will surprise
you, as it did me, so do stay tuned for that! But before some of you long time watchers
start freaking out saying “Hey, I thought live feedings are against your ethics!” I must make a correction: I personally choose
not to feed live prey, if I don’t need to, but there are certain circumstances where
live feedings are necessary, for instance, when feeding arachnids, which require live
moving prey in order to trigger their feeding response. Also, when the prey can breed and live freely
on their own in a setup shared by the predators that simply hunt them as they would in the
wild, as is seen in my weaver ants’ enclosure, I also allow live feeding. Or in this case, when we feed our fire ants
here today, I’ve found a neat way to allow my fire ants to satisfy their natural hunting
instincts and put their innate predatory faculties to work, while also being as ethical and responsible
as I can possibly be. You’ll see what I mean soon, guys. But before we proceed to witness our fire
ant colony’s first killing, let’s quickly check in on the Phoenix Empire and see how
they’ve been doing since we last saw them two weeks ago. This will surprise you, guys! Looking into their birth test tube, I was
shocked to see that they’d finally completely evacuated the premises. The water portion had run dry and as expected,
they moved next door into the larger, much more full water test tube. I love that they did this, as this test tube
offers much more space for the colony to grow, and we can now replace their old test tube
with something else. So AC Family, I need your help again. I was wondering: what should we connect to
this new port to replace this empty test tube? Another water test tube? A new sugar test tube with honey perhaps? Their very first true formicarium? Or perhaps a larger outworld? Please take a moment to VOTE here for their
next extension to the City of Ashes. Thank you AC Council for your input! You guys are like the architects of their
ever-expanding city! The Phoenix Empire’s brood pile is so huge
now! The queen, our Ember Empress is nowhere to
be found, as she took a nose dive as soon as the cameras were rolling, into the mountain
of brood to hide from us. Sorry about that, AC Family, but with the
colony growing bigger now, we can expect to see her less frequently. Let’s hope to catch her again soon. The workers have been diligent at feeding
and caring for all the brood and each other. They are now a well-oiled fire ant producing
factory. All of these workers you see here are of the
strong, hardy generation, and all workers coming up will only be stronger and more powerfully
built due to more enriched nourishment, especially from the fresh living meat we’re going to
give them today! As per the old, first gens, known as the nanitics,
the colony’s first worker ants ever, they’ve all but died off now. But check out where they’ve placed all the
dead bodies! Peeking into their AC Test Tube portal this
week, I was surprised to see no ant cadavres in their graveyard. Hmmm… where have they been stashing the
bodies? Well, the colony has decided to relocate their
official graveyard here, into their outworld, at the furthest corner of the Fire Forest. This for sure was a strategic move for the
health and cleanliness of the colony. The AC Test Tube portal is now just a bathroom
site, note the ant poop that looks like flecks of paint. We can expect to see more of such logistic
changes as the colony continues to grow in size and complexity. Alright and now, the moment we’ve all been
waiting for. In nature, fire ants grow into absolutely
massive colonies very fast, which means they are designed to eat a lot! They are top scavengers in the ecosystems
they are part of, and up until now they’ve been fulfilling that natural role by opportunistically
eating the dead insects I’ve placed into their outworld, as well as sucking up the
sugars of their sugar test tube, but nature has also designed fire ants to be top predators. This role is so important, that nature has
equipped them with a powerful stinger which can inject a potent neurotoxin called Solenopsin. It elicits a painful burning sting in humans,
earning these ants the name “fire ants”, but Solenopsin’s alternate purpose other
than defense, is to immobilize prey. We’ll be seeing this at work shortly. Now before, when the colony was composed of
mostly nanitics, the ants were exclusively scavengers not predators, and as we saw in
past videos, they would run in fear from any living, moving prey I tried offering. It’s a survival technique, because back
then, losing workers could have spelled certain death to the colony at their critical beginning
stage. But now that the colony is this big, with
this many workers, all stronger and more capable than the nanitics, I knew the colony was much
more different now, and more like the fire ants we all know in our minds. Now I hate feeding live animals especially
to fire ants because the prey will always lose and I hate watching the prolonged struggle
to the moment of death. But on the other hand, I also knew these ants
might benefit from actually learning to kill something, and might be an important experience
for them. So after further contemplation an idea came
to me. Earthworms! Growing up, I remember it being said that
if you cut an earthworm in half, the two pieces would survive. Well, after researching this up, apparently
this is partially true. If you cut off the tail end, then the earthworm
can survive and grow a new tail. The tail can’t grow a new body, but the
great thing is, the tail is technically still alive and moving, which would be great at
allowing the Phoenix Empire to engage in their first predatory response, as the worm will
definitely be fighting back and react to the ants’ every move. This would be unlike anything the Phoenix
Empire will have ever experienced or eaten before. The fire ants will be able to use their natural
weapons, i.e. stingers and mandibles, to subdue the prey, and we’ll be able to see them
actually swarming, and guys, I loved what the fire ants did at the very end, when the
worm was finally dead! I know you’ll love it, too. AC Family, are you ready? Let’s do this! Here’s the fresh worm tail! And placing it in. Now let’s watch! It wasn’t long before a worker smelled the
earthworm and came to check it out. It then ran back to the nest to inform the
colony of what it found. Soon a couple more ants came to check out
the worm, and the worm coiled back when it felt the ants around it. A third ant came along and immediately delivered
the worm’s first sting. Instantly, the worm coiled and rolled in pain. This act of coiling and rolling only caused
the surrounding ants to go into a greater frenzy, as workers latched on and began to
sting the worm even more. Other workers began wafting the area with
“I found living food! Come help!” pheromone. Back at the nest, workers were being informed
now of the prey in the Fire Forest, and that they needed backup. As more ants began to surround the worm, the
worm continued to coil and roll. This is the biggest creature they’ve ever
come across, and it was moving which is nothing they’ve ever seen before in their previous
food collections, but it was amazing to watch sheer instinct kick in. The ants seemed to proceed cautiously but
eager to get in and kill this thing. I watched wide-eyed the whole time as they
moved in to kill the worm! Eventually, it became evident that that worm
was weakening now and beginning to die from all the fire ant stings. A few minutes later, the worm was completely
motionless and the fire ants had come swarming to begin the consumption process. The Phoenix Empire had made their first kill,
well sorta seeing as the tail was bound to die eventually, but it still allowed the fire
ants to initiate a kill response which is what I wanted them to experience. And guys, this completely surprised me when
I saw it. Check this out! The moment the worm was killed and stopped
struggling, the nest went completely berserk! Workers were running around everywhere like
crazy! Was this what ants celebrating looked like? I’d never seen anything like it. While the worm was still alive, the nest did
not look like this but the moment the worm was dead, the ants were running all around
and some out of the nest in excitement. To say that this dead worm made these fire
ants happy was an understatement. How interesting, right?! The fire ants began to dissect the worm and
bring the pieces back to the nest for further consumption, and look, it seems the news brought
our Ember Empress, the queen out of hiding. She’s going to feast tonight! What surprised me about all of this was that
the next day, the Fire Forest was completely devoid of worm pieces. I figured OK so they dragged the worm into
the nest, but no, there was no earthworm in sight, neither was it in the AC Test Tube
Portal. This to me amazingly meant that the Phoenix
Empire had consumed the entire worm piece in just 12 hours. Now I knew that earthworms left no garbage
behind, unlike insect prey with their inedible exoskeletons which are usually found the next
day, cast off in the colony’s garbage sites. I think I’ll be feeding earthworms more
often now. Overall, I was super happy that the Phoenix
Empire had undergone this natural process of predation. I felt it was an important thing for them
to experience and definitely something I’ll make sure they’ll experience on a regular
basis. What other things would you like to watch
the Phoenix Empire eat and react to? Let me know in the comments section, and though
I can’t promise I’ll feed it live, I’ll definitely try feeding it to them and film
the process as we’ve done in past videos with my previous fire ant colony, RIP FIRE
NATION. I appreciate that a lot of you seem to be
as invested in these fire ants as I am. Thank you so much for supporting them, guys. I do feel like we are caring for the Phoenix
Empire together, and isn’t it funny how satisfying it all is to watch them grow and
give them everything they need to thrive and flourish into the mighty fire ant colony we
know they’re destined to become? It’s an amazing journey of discovery for
sure, and the very essence of ant keeping. Thank you all for watching and loving the
ants! I’ll see you next week on another update
from the Antiverse. It’s ant love forever! OMG! AC Family, look! I can’t believe they’ve arrived! AC Family, wasn’t that cool? So much is in store ahead for the Phoenix
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What makes my new SCORPION Glow in the Dark?

What makes my new SCORPION Glow in the Dark?


OMG! Have I got something that will truly blow
your mind today! Taking a break from the ants for a moment,
I’ve been caring for a certain creature, we’ve never before featured on this channel. You saw the title: a glow-in-the-dark scorpion! But how is this possible, you ask? Yes, it may look fake, but believe you me,
this huge, gorgeous nightlight of a scorpion is very much so real and you’ll be surprised
to learn more about it. No, it’s not radioactive and no I haven’t
fed it something to cause it to glow like this. AC Family, let’s delve into the amazing
world of these ancient, mind boggling arachnids, and meet our newest beast to join the Antiverse,
here on the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Within this terrarium lives a scorpion that
was given to me as a Christmas present, so it’s waited over 2 months to meet you all. When all the lights go off, we’ll all get
to witness and understand the real magic, how this scorpion can glow, as well as get
to see the amazing new home we’ve prepared for her, so stay tuned until the end for all
that! In the light, our new beast is still nothing
less than impressive! Huddled below the rockscape, beneath this
animal skull, lays our new Asian Forest Scorpion, Heterometrus longimanus. It’s a young female, measuring about 3.5
inches long, and still has another inch or so more to grow. Though she looks scary, her sting is similar
to that of a wasp, and her venom isn’t potent enough to kill a person, assuming they aren’t
allergic, of course. In fact, this species of scorpion is more
likely to give you a good pinch with those powerful claws, known as chelae. You’ll see her use them against me in a
little bit. Her exoskeleton is solid, she’s built like
a tank, and I personally wouldn’t want to mess with her nor touch her. She feeds primarily on insects but can accept
baby pinky mice once fully grown. But first on the agenda, guys, let us all
come as one. AC Council, it is time to give this scorpion
an official name! Please take a moment to VOTE here for her
name, based on name suggestions given by you, the AC Family. Thank you, AC Council for your input. Let’s make her name a great one! Now, something that may surprise you is that
fossil experts in the US recently revealed the remains of what they say is the first
animal that may have ever set foot on land, and turns out it was an ancient scorpion. Scorpions are known to be one of the first
prehistoric animals to have become fully land-dwelling, emerging from the primordial seas hundreds
of millions of years ago, but whether they’re the first animals to wander onto land is still
of much scientific debate. I could see it, I guess! She’s kinda lobster-ish in appearance! Now, you guys will trip out at her face! The anatomy is quite incredible! She cleans herself using her chelicerae, which
also look like a pair of claws that jut out of her mouth area. Talk about Aliens meets Predator, right? She’s cleaning up because she recently ate,
which I know because I see her cricket leftovers nearby. Now, she’s been living here for most of
her life, along with a population of springtails, beneficial mites, and even a strange colony
of ants (not sure how that happened) who all eat up her leftovers. Though she does seem happy in this enclosure,
there is a bit of a problem. She needs more space. This 10 gallon terrarium in which she came
to me has a gorgeous faux rockscape backing that, though attractive takes up a lot of
the floor room. These scorpions naturally inhabit leafy floors
of humid tropical jungles, and therefore need some good wandering room and hiding areas,
not so much vertical climbing space. And so, AC Family, as Creator of Worlds, I
have gone ahead and prepared a great sanctuary for our new beast to live in…. Here! Next to her keep is a land blanketed in a
thick mist. Twice weekly a fog rolls through these territories
to keep the sanctuary humid, perfect for a scorpion like her! The great fog shall dissipate in just a moment,
but it rolls through now in preparation for our scorpion’s grand homecoming. As the mist fades, you can see that we’ve
lushed out the lands with nerve plants, Cryptanthus, green moss, and tropical lichens. A rock cave awaits for our beast to take up
residence in its shadows. I’ve placed it up against the glass so we’ll
still be able to see our beast once she retreats within it. As you can see, this new scorpion garden offers
her much more space than her current home. By the way, if you have a name in mind for
these new scorpion lands, do leave it in the comments, and we can all vote for an official
name for this sanctuary in a future video! Let’s hope she loves her new home! Guys, it’s time to move her in! This move could get scary real fast and I
was ready to be faced with an angry scorpion. I approached the scorpion carefully. My plan was to gently guide her with tweezers
into this container and safely transport her into the new terrarium. Though her sting is said to feel like a wasp
sting, from my memory, wasp stings still hurt, plus those claws are super strong as you’re
about to see. I fixated the container below and behind her
and moved my tweezers gently in front of her. Instantly she struck with her claws, lightly
at first, but the more persistent my tweezers were at not going away, the more she would
meet them full force with a strong pinch from her claws. She wasn’t using her stinger at this point. Sure enough, with enough prodding, she submitted
and turned around walking straight into my container. I popped the lid on and presto! She was safely in. That was easier than I thought it would be. Though you couldn’t tell in the video, her
pinch on the metal tweezers felt pretty strong, and I know it would have hurt had it been
my bare skin! I placed the container into the terrarium,
then opened the lid to allow her to set foot on her new territories! She paused for a moment when she realized
she was no longer in the plain rocky terrarium she had grown used to her whole life, but
in a new place now. She didn’t know it yet, but she would soon
come to love this place and find it much more suitable to her lifestyle. It was then, that she began to stride forward
and crawl right into our rock cave that we made for her! Alright! Success! Our new beast had officially moved in. She’ll continue to burrow and customize
this cave to her liking over time, and totally make it her own. I placed a small bowl inside and filled it
up with fresh water for her to drink when needed. Alright, and now that she’s all moved in,
it’s time to witness what you’ve all patiently been waiting for. Let’s watch our scorpion glow! Turning off the terrarium lights… and voila! Wow! Isn’t that just crazy, guys?! Like a neon greenish-blue creature out of
a science fiction movie, our scorpion glows brightly, very much like a night light! But how does this happen? What’s the science behind the glow and more
importantly what’s it for? Well, the glow is called fluoresce, and scorpion
skin fluoresces once UV light reflects off a substance found in their exoskeleton. It actually happens in all scorpion species,
not just this scorpion. Pretty cool right? They fluoresce in natural moonlight, or in
this case, under a black light tube, situated just above the terrarium. Scientists aren’t exactly sure what the
benefit of having UV flourescent skin is, but there are a few theories. Some propose it helps the scorpions find each
other, others say it protects the scorpions against harmful UV light from sunlight, and
others feel it may confuse their prey once moonlight reflects off their skin, causing
a sort of deer in headlights effect! It’s also hypothesized that the fluorescence
actually helps the scorpions know how much light is outside, so they know only to come
out during the darkest of hours to avoid predators! What do you guys think the glow is for? Either way, it’s a pretty cool thing if
you ask me! Now, I tried to feed our beast so we could
all watch her eat, but every time I was around she was more preoccupied with fighting me
off, than eating, so it failed, but I did release a cricket as a housewarming gift into
her new home, and caught her finishing it off in the middle of the night. I’m happy to see she’s got a healthy appetite! As the fog machine turned on to humidify the
lands, and the mist blanketed the jungle floored territories, it was in that moment, wrapped
up in fog, that I noticed that our scorpion appeared as though she was back in her prehistoric
days, when her ancestors still lived underwater. Seeing her blanketed in the mist like this,
made it easier to envision her marine ancestors still living and feeding in the ocean, at
one point in Earth’s incredible history. It’s amazing how diverse and ever-evolving
life on Earth is, wouldn’t you say? Whether it be caring for ants or arachnids
like this scorpion, I am always humbled by the sheer brilliance, no pun intended, of
Mother Nature’s work. Thank you for watching, guys! I’ll see you all next week! It’s ant and scorpion love forever! AC Family, wasn’t that cool? So much is in store ahead in the Ant Room,
so if you haven’t yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now and hit ALL so you
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ANTSTORE Gespräch mit Andrew Stephenson über Blattschneideameisen


Hello and welcome. I’m driving to the airport. But I’m not traveling, I’m picking up someone. He is from Scotland, an experienced antkeeper, who knows a lot about leaf-cutter ants. And I will have a talk with him. Come on, join us. Martin: My guest today is Andrew Stephenson. Martin: Hi Andrew, how was your flight? I had a 2 hour flight from Edinburgh. Everything was fine. Nice that you are here. I am happy that we can talk today. Thank you for having me it’s very nice
to be here. Which was your first ant colony. I did research in University on social insects. I wanted an ant colony so in 1992 I bought my first Atta cephalotus colony from a professor. I kept the ants for several years and the colony got bigger and bigger. One day they managed to escape from the formicarium and leave the house under the door They removed all plants from the neighbors garden and carried them back in. At that point I gave the colony to a zoo because it was too big. That was my first encounter with Atta Cephalotus. lifelong love of them which I’ve pursued
ever since you are also expert for for animals with leaf cutter ants and wise
leaf cutter ants what why you likes us and spits well leaf cutting ants are the
most advanced of all the social insects the the things that they do the way that
they’re cast differentiations the soldiers the
gardeners how it’s all laid out is incredible nobody could fail to be
amazed by what what you see when you look in these displays and and when you
see them in our a big public display in a zoo or a museum and you see all the
different elements of the colony it’s fantastic I mean in the tropics in the
wild you see them and they’ll they’ll travel they’ll travel hundreds of meters
to plan and carry the leaves by and the fact that they’re not eating the leaves
the fact that they’re using the leaves to grow a crop and then to feed on the
crop and all the different elements of that they are fantastic so do you give
them different leaves every day or do you keep on black is that blackberry yes
yes normally we give this loose at this moment it’s very easy to get plans like
it and we use odds of flour from dried flowers
so we have the ant farm for the wall whoa that’s lovely
that’s nice have you seen that before that’s very nice thank you so do you
make here as well so you got CNC yes she amazing that’s beautiful
you tell me that you’re often and and and treated at why what what what us
especial was treated at so the first colony of ants that I bought came from
timid Italian so I wanted to find where they came from so I followed them back
to Trinidad and and from then on pretty much put down roots into the diet I’ve
bought a house there and I spend several months a year and and in fact at the end
of this year I’m going to move to trigger that permanently and lovin
Trinidad and then travel to Europe to do the work that I do
so why Trinidad they speak English they drive an IRA side of the road it’s very
it’s very Yuki friendly into the diet so it’s it’s a nice place to be
my wife is Trinidadian and the children they I have children who are half-turn
Italian so it’s it’s a place that I feel very comfortable and there’s only two
species of leaf cotton and there are artists authorities and academics on
spinosus so in terms of variety it’s not fantastic but in the rest of South
America there’s plenty to see and it’s a good place to travel there from Trinidad
to see all so yeah Trinidad is an amazing place I would recommend anybody
come to another floor yeah and you are also travel in other
countries in which country it was travel so virtually all of the South American
countries but Paraguay is where I’m concentrating now I was there last year
and trying to organize paperwork people work in South American countries is very
very difficult and it’s taken 18 months to finally sort that so I’ll be going to
Paraguay this year to bring back lots of different species and whereas there’s
only two species of leafcutters and Trinidad those 22 species in Paraguay so
fantastic variety including the grass cutting ants which should be really good
to see so yeah I’m looking forward to that and I’ve managed to set up all the
people and need the infrastructure all the things that you need to be able to
go there and get colonies here is a strategy that birds don’t find the nest
that’s the head node not a street you know you see here so and here’s the
answers ended okay so not a lie in your van yes interesting
so then we have here from sauce he drops a mess over borrows so we had here built
nest was calm and and they’ve dug that themselves of the RS that are preformed
you know they’ve got did you got problems with the keeping of leaf cutter
ants and if yes what how did you fix it so we look at two parameters when we’re
setting up we’ve got lines nice even temperature and high high humidity so
when we are setting up our our display in a zoo and we are talking to the
client about about looking at them we see that you have to monitor the
temperature and humidity in the fungus garden so we so the humidity meter
should have a probe that goes into the fungus so you can you can satisfy
yourself it’s amazing how you if you measure the humidity even a little
distance away from where the fungus is it can be completely different so we try
to get them to measure the humidity and the where the funguses and the biggest
problem with the type of display is that if you don’t
have lots of soil in the display which a lot of people don’t want because they
want to see the fungus if you don’t have lots of soil it can be quite difficult
to keep the humidity and the temperature even some things with very small
colonies you don’t hear that there’s a problem until the colonies nearly dead
and the fungus is gone so you’ve got to get it right at the beginning there’s no
time with small colonies to to make mistakes often and so people think that
leaf cutter ants are difficult species they’re not a difficult species if you
if you set it up properly there are only are difficult species of it’s not
correct so taking advice at the beginning from
experts about how to say to up aesthetic colors and do the research make sure
that you do the research to know what you’re talking about I think it’s really
important have an acrylic which you see but what is very popular in the internet
I don’t like it but the customers liked it so we produce this nests do you make
these yes we have obvious glass and then back side we have for acrylic
workshop and we have here and a special ground which saves the water what are
the mmunity what was your biggest adventure or experience about ends the
adventures that you have with ants normally start once you’ve got the ants
and you’ve got to try and move them across the world but recently I was in
French Guiana and I was on this huge mound of artists a Flutie’s it was a
massive big mound and it was quiet because you know they come out at night
and I wanted to see some activity so I stood on the top of the mound and stamp
my feet on it and nothing happened at all and I was kind of confused as to why
they weren’t coming out and I stepped back and all round the outside of this
mound there was lots of tall grass and what I didn’t realize was all the
soldiers all the majors had come out and they were all over the grass and I
stepped back into them and I had shorts oh and I had short trousers on and they
were my legs were covered in majors and covered in blood because they just all
bare and it was a it was a flight a shock and
one of the biggest adventures we did a program for the BBC and the UK called
plan ants and we were asked to go to the tropics and find a million ants in a
colony and bring it back to the UK and film it in our studio and it took us two
days to dig this colony and find the Queen and we were bringing big handfuls
of fungus gardens there was a hundred and sixty fungus gardens that we took
and we had a massive big box off camera and we were preaching all the fungus
into the box but what you didn’t see on the camera was the box was covered in
blood because we had gloves on but within about half an hour the gloves
were all cut to pieces because the soldiers had cut the gloves so we were
we were lifting and putting in but there was blood dripping and as well it was
very very unpleasant yeah yeah it really was but we did it we got the Queen we
found the Queen at the end of the second day we found the Queen and she was she
was in the last fungus garden because they’d obviously moved our there but she
was surrounded by ants so she was about the size of a mouse but with all the
antler and so we knew immediately we found the Queen and we would pick it up
and she was it was huge a big cocoon of ants and we got her so yeah and that
film no I think you can see on YouTube now it’s it’s a couple hours long and it
says a fantastic documentary on leaf covenants camponotus our lovely aunt the
one these are a nice big chunky and quite an attractive and okay and this is
a oneness and some people say with this material it’s maybe the ants can do but
to know we have tested with lots of ants and we have knows much remixes that the
ants cannot cut that is amazing and so this nest is one year old and you see
it’s very clean no never you must clean and to ask the and spring or to the last
box in front of us we have a starter kit a set up which we sell for private
customers and what do you think about this what is your feedback about us well
all the elements that you need are here the the next tank the feeding area and
the waste is it’s all there and it’s so easy to distinguish between all the
different processes you can see them cutting leaves bringing it to the garden
and then taking the waste to the to the waste chamber for our small-scale private collector to have something like
this in their home and to be able to see all the different things it’s fantastic
absolutely fantastic I mean I’m assuming you could extend the walkway if you
wanted to you could have a lot longer if you wanted to have the the feeding area
a distance to the nest you could have that you could take it right in a room
as our as our set office is amazing and the colony of this and there I mean if
you want any proof that this is a good system just look at how healthy that
colony is its enormous it’s one of the biggest a crumber makes colonies I’ve
ever seen when I see your setups and I’ve seen these setups all over the
world because people have come here and bought them and taking them back and
then I’ll go along and see them most recently in our in a zoo and Englund I
saw some of your setups there and they’re obviously functioning very well
and they’re doing you know they’re looking great so we have also option for
a b2b customers they move this way or you can change this the street
it’s ant way Wow open closed systems I like this this is very nice
so you’ve this is glass yes so when you have our species on display
do you have smaller colonies offshore to sail yes so they can say I won best one
and then you can yes our showroom so we can talk with other customers what is
possible aha and really the size of this you could
make this any size depending on what the people want
yeah so Andrew many tanks that you was here I was very happy and I have a small
present for you and not really for you know you can look in the inside Oh Oh fantastic
dry flowers for your ends Wow maybe you can test it I’ve actually never used
these before but I’ve always seen no and I wondered these are great well
leafcutter ants like mowers a red color but you can check it I will check
amazing thank you very much I appreciate Yeah I hope you enjoyed the video. Thank you so much for being there. And I look forward to the next video.

FIRE ANT QUEEN LAYING EGGS – FINALLY CAUGHT ON FILM (RARE)


Have you ever wondered what it looks like
when a queen fire ant lays an egg? I know, perhaps not the first thing you think
about in the morning, but believe me, it’s super cool and you’ll be seeing just that
today! Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Phoenix Empire,
my young and growing pet fire ant colony in a test tube, that is on the cusp of a massive
population explosion! The Queen, whom we’ve named on this channel
the Ember Empress, blankets herself in piles of her own brood, as she continues to lay
eggs non-stop, quietly amassing a powerful fire ant army. But for weeks, I’ve been dying to catch
the Ember Empress in the actual act of laying an egg, but haven’t been lucky. That was until this week. Welcome to the AntsCanada ant channel! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Now in all my years of ant keeping, I’ve
only been able to catch a queen ant laying an egg twice, but never have I been able to
capture and witness the event properly magnified in 4K video before. Now guys, I didn’t know it yet, but the
egg-laying process for fire ant queens is truly unique and epic! Do keep on watching until the end to see what
I mean! From the moment I first received this fledgling
fire ant colony, catching the intimate moment of the queen laying an egg was one of my top
goals, especially because a lot of you AC Family commented saying you wanted to see
the Ember Empress lay an egg! Now you would think with a brood pile that
grows bigger and bigger every day, this would be easy to film. Well, not so much, I’ve found. There were a few challenges. First, no matter how much I waited the queen
would always wait for me to leave and all vibrations gone, before she would lay an egg. Second, timing was of the essence. You see the queen has egg-laying bouts, days
when she’s egg laying and days when she’s off. Third, she hates lights and sadly I needed
to light the nest in order to film her egg-laying. Finally, she had to be at just the right angle,
and her constantly moving army of workers and hefty brood had to remain out of the way
for me to properly catch the moment. This in particular drove me insane, which
you’ll be seeing in a bit. But this week, it seemed the stars were aligned,
AC Family. We were bound to witness something truly magical! It was a typical day in the City of Ashes,
kingdom of the Phoenix Empire. Several workers were busy feasting on a dead
mealworm in the Fireforest, while others gathered water and collected liquid sugar. All these yummy goods were delivered to the
repletes and aquapletes, the Empire’s living food and water caches, who then went on to
feed the growing brood and our Royal Highness, the Ember Empress. It was promising to see that they were feeding
the queen so well, as she is the most important member of the colony to keep nourished. The Ember Empress’ only job is to produce
those eggs! She does nothing else. Within her fat gaster lies a special organ
that stores all the sperm she collected during her single mating flight a couple months ago,
and keeps it viable for years and years, like a cryogenic chamber within her, so she can
continue to lay fertilized eggs for the rest of her life. The colony’s true first generation of workers,
known as the nanitics, are all reaching the end of their lives and dying out now. I counted 7 dead nanitics in the colony’s
graveyard, but judging from that massive brood pile, tonnes of fire ants are on the way,
and this new generation is bigger and stronger than the last. Take a look at this shot, guys! The older fire ants are smaller and hang out
together, cleaning themselves after a hunting spree outside, while the newer, younger fire
ant generation seen to the right, who simply ate better food growing up, are larger. In fact, I think I even saw a couple majors
with larger than normal heads in the colony now! Cool right?! There’s no denying the Phoenix Empire is
prolific and quickly growing in population, but with the growing number of visual obstructions,
and more opportunities for the Ember Empress to be concealed, I felt this meant my dreams
of filming the queen laying an egg were becoming less and less probable. AC Family, that was until I saw this. The Ember Empress had buried her head like
an ostrich into a dark spot of the cotton. Well, that’s a great way to feel like you’re
in the dark! Hehe! But it was in that moment, I noticed the very
tip of her gaster. At first I admired the cool pointed shape
of it. But then, I began to notice that the point
began to grow. It was the Ember Empress’ stinger! How intriguing! I always wondered if fire ant queens had a
stinger, as I’ve never been stung by one before, but I now had my answer! But as the stinger appeared to be coming out
more and more, mixed with some weird contractions towards the tip of her gaster, my heart jumped
into my throat! Oh my gosh! Is she laying an egg? I wasn’t sure as I had no idea what signs
to look for. Suddenly, she began to flex at her pedicle
(petiole) bringing her gaster inward in a sort of fetal position, her sharp stinger
out in full extension. Oh my gosh, she’s totally laying an egg,
I said to myself! For a few moments I watched totally holding
my breath, as she stood still. Was she actually going to lay an egg? And it was in that moment that a worker had
dropped a larva right in the worst place ever! The queen flexed her gaster once more, stinger
stretched out and wobbling now as if it was accommodating something coming through, and
when I was able to turn the test tube just a little in order to move the larva out of
the way, a worker had gone in and plucked the newly laid egg to carry to the egg pile! Noooo! I totally missed it! The Ember Empress’ stinger was now retracted
back into her gaster and I felt as though I had missed spotting a unicorn! That darned larva! Ugh! Anyway, the cool thing was I now knew what
signs to look out for! Fire ant queens on the verge of laying an
egg extend out their stingers and have visible contractions! I also knew today was an egg-laying day! Awesome! The question now was: when was she going to
lay next? The Ember Empress had stuck her head into
another dark spot, and I noticed that a worker was cleaning her gaster, and I had to look
twice. When the worker had moved out of the way I
spotted the queen’s stinger once again visible and coming out! No way! Could she be laying an egg again? Workers were bustling all around her. No! If she was about to lay an egg again, this
was such a bad angle. Plus, these workers would totally be blocking
her again for sure! The stinger began to poke out more and more
coupled with the gaster contractions. The ants were such an obstruction! How I wished I were Ant-man at that moment
so I could command the ants to get out of the flippin’ way already! But AC Family, within the crazy confusion
of legs, brood, and bodies, watch what I saw! Booyah! She laid an egg. Did you guys see it? It was a little obscured, but we saw it! And it hadn’t even been a few seconds, before
a trusty worker came along, picked it up, and carried it to the official egg pile! How amazing! That was the very first time I’d ever seen
a fire ant queen lay an egg! The great thing I learned was that she laid
this egg just ten minutes after she laid the first egg! Did this mean that in ten minutes, our Ember
Empress would lay another? I wanted to try my luck and get a better shot
if so! Ten minutes later, the queen lay still, her
head once again in the dark. I watched the tip of her gaster religiously
for any signs of a stinger or contractions. There was nothing. For a very long time, I just sat there waiting
and watching the Ember Empress. It was amazing to think that she was the seed
that would birth an enormous colony of millions of ants over the many years of her life. Generations upon generations of fire ants,
will all have been born from her. It amazed me to think that my previous fire
ant colony, named the Fire Nation, who grew large enough to consume whole animals, once
started off as a humble and growing colony in a test tube like this. Mother Nature is truly miraculous and beautiful. An hour went by with no signs of a stinger,
but just as I was about to pack up and conclude that her egg-laying was done for the night,
I saw what looked like some contractions and the point of a stinger! OMG! She was laying again! She got up and flexed at her pedicle. It was such a bad angle though and I knew
we’d miss the egg-laying sight if I didn’t do something, so I gently rotated the test
tube, and that was when the Ember Empress did something awesome! She pushed the brood that was blocking the
shot away. She was allowing us to see this time. Ants were running all around and I feared
they’d get in the way again, but AC Family, check out what I saw. And just like that an egg was laid, and was
the newest member added to the Phoenix Empire’s growing family. Wasn’t that amazing?! I was happy that we could finally catch it,
and happy that all of you guys could see it, too. The Ember Empress didn’t lay another egg,
for the next hour so I went to bed. But, I felt grateful to have witnessed something
that happens billions of times every day, underground within the sacred darkness of
ant nests all over the world. I love that you guys had the chance to witness
with me how awesome the miracle of fire ant birth is, something we don’t get to see
every day. It’s why I love ant keeping so much. The world may see these little insects as
pests and a terrible nuisance, and admittedly they certainly can be. But watching a colony grow within an ant setup
has given me an entirely new perspective on them. They’re just trying to live out their lives
and survive like the rest of us on the planet. It’s not their fault they end up at your
picnics, build ant hills in your yard, and sting you when you trample on their turf. They’re just trying to live out their lives
and do their thing, conquering and thriving, in a world of giants, one egg at a time. And as this fire ant colony the Phoenix Empire
does become that conquering and thriving colony, you can count on me to film them every step
of the way. Thank you for watching, and supporting the
ants. It’s ant love forever! AC Family, wasn’t that cool? So much is in store ahead for this ant colony
and others in the Ant Room, so if you haven’t yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL
ICON now and hit ALL so you get notified at every upload, because I believe notifications
seem to be broken but the Youtube support team is on it. Also don’t forget to hit the LIKE button
every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me. Thank you, guys! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like an update on the Golden Empire, my yellow crazy ant
colony that is actually recovering from vampiric mites. Many of you have been asking about them! Just a quick announcement: if you’ve wanted
to get into ant keeping, now’s the time! Just use the coupon code “antloveforever”
to get 10% off all AC ant farms and equipment at AntsCanada.com! Promo ends March 1st so get your ant keeping
gear at AntsCanada.com now. Anting season and nuptial flights start in
the Northern Hemisphere this month! And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Name one thing you love about
the Phoenix Empire’s way of life. Congratulations to Owen Clark who answered: I love how each ant has their own special
job that is important to the whole colony. Congratulations Owen, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: What new thing did we discover about
fire ant queens when laying eggs? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you could subscribe to the channel as
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MY GROWING ARMY OF FIRE ANTS | GETTING BIGGER & MORE COMPLEX

MY GROWING ARMY OF FIRE ANTS | GETTING BIGGER & MORE COMPLEX


Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Ember Empress,
the royal queen fire ant of this 7 week old fire ant colony, we call the Phoenix Empire. Can you imagine that just a few weeks ago
our Phoenix Empire consisted of just a solo queen empress with a clutch of eggs in a test
tube, but today, we’ve fostered a growing army, silently getting bigger and stronger
with every week, in an ever expanding ant kingdom! And so today, we take a closer look at just
how big and complex the Phoenix Empire has become on a special guided tour through their
incredible and evolving living quarters. Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! It’s amazing how far these ants have come,
and at the very end of the video, the final stop to this tour of the fire ant kingdom,
is something you guys probably might have never seen before, so keep on watching until
the end to catch that. This here is the Phoenix Empire’s grand
castle. By the way, I wanted to give an official name
to this entire connected kingdom here of the Phoenix Empire, so guys, please take a moment
to vote in this ipoll here, to give our Phoenix Empire’s grand territories an official name! I trust you guys will make it a great one! Thank you, AC Council for your input! It’s sunrise now and the Phoenix Empire
nest is bustling with activity, workers going about their various routine tasks. For those of you who’ve been following them
these past few weeks, can you believe how many ants there are now! And have a look at that brood pile! Our Ember Empress, their cherished queen,
has been quite busy laying eggs, as you can see here! That’s one awesome mass of fire ant eggs! What you’re looking at here is the future
generation of fire ants. The brood pile is totally tripping me out
and is just massive right now, compared to last week, and as we saw in a previous video,
like pre-school, the Phoenix Empire is mindful to organize all the young by age group, so
they’re easier to care for. Eggs, larvae, and pupae are carefully grouped
together. The workers lick the brood clean with their
antibiotic saliva to keep mold from growing on their exposed, vulnerable bodies! Check out this dark pupa here which is just
about ready to emerge as an adult ant, a process called eclosing. She’s even starting to wiggle her feet! How cute! Once eclosed, new workers start off yellowish
in colour, then darken to the signature red and black after a couple of days. The Phoenix Empire youth looks promising! Now have you ever wondered if and how ants
sleep? Well, yes, they do, but their sleep consists
of hundreds of short, random power naps within the 24 hr cycle, like these two napping ants
here, but they wake up after a few minutes to commence working. Work just never ends! Amazing right? Oh! Rising to greet us now is our Ember Empress,
awakening to switch her resting position, and oh my gosh! Look at her butt! Compared to the last time we saw her, look
at how much her gaster has grown, enough to even give Kim Kardashian a run for her money! OK, I’ll stop. AC Family, I was just so happy to see this,
because it’s known as physogastrism, where the queen’s ovaries are producing such a
crazy amount of eggs, that it is blowing her gaster up like a balloon! Did you guys even know that ants have ovaries? Her gaster, will still grow to twice or even
three times this size in the coming weeks, as she becomes a total egg-producing factory! Let’s wish her luck on that! It’s important that our Ember Empress here
gets her rest and eats a lot in order to produce eggs. Soon she will have her own dedicated entourage
of workers that specialize only at massaging her, feeding her, plucking her newly laid
eggs from her gaster, and keeping her covered and protected. But for now, she buries herself deep into
a pile of her own brood and awaits her next egg-laying contractions. Man, I just love watching the Phoenix Empire
in their nest, how about you? It’s somehow relaxing, and I could do it
for hours. But, as interesting as these nest activities
are, so too is the action happening outside the nest. Attached to their setup is a great place,
you guys have officially named the Fireforest, and it is here where I’ll be serving their
breakfast! On today’s menu, the ants will be feasting
on a freshly chopped up superworm on a bed of leaf, and it also happens to be the biggest
meal they’ve ever had. Let’s watch! The Phoenix Empire sends out one of the workers
to venture out into the Fire Forest. She smells something interesting and new within
the territories. She wanders out onto Fire Forest grounds and
uses her antennae to smell around and locate what she’s looking for. It wasn’t long before she finally discovered
our culinary preparations, gives it a sniff, and runs back to the nest leaving a pheromonal
trail to inform the rest of the colony of the gourmet superworm steaks she found, and
call for back up to help with consumption. A few minutes later, the ants feast, fill
up their social stomachs and are back at the nest feeding the rest of the colony via trophallaxis,
regurgitating the pre-digested superworm meat into each other’s mouths, including the
larvae, and the queen. But meat isn’t all they eat! Some workers periodically visit the special
test tube which holds their sweet brown sugar-water supply we first provided them last week, and
they too bring their sugar water collections back to the nest! Now, guys this is something new that I’m
sure you’ll love! Check this out! Look at how filled up and stretched some of
the worker’s gasters are, as they each carry large quantities of food in their bodies! Interestingly enough, these specialized fattened
up workers, who have taken up the role of living food transporters, are known as the
repletes. They’re basically walking ant fridges, I
suppose, and are new to the Phoenix Empire. I’ve been waiting for the repletes to appear! The repletes differ from other worker ants
because they do nothing but stay at home and store the colony’s food, saved in their
sterile social stomachs and regurgitate the contents to feed the other colony members,
as needed. They’re larger bodies makes it too risky
for them to leave the nest as they become easier targets for predators, so they just
stay at home and are fattened up by workers ants returning from a meal outside. If I were a member of the Phoenix Empire,
I think this job description suits me best! Haha! The workers make sure these repletes are amply
fed so they can ensure the colony has a constant uninterrupted supply of food, so colony growth
rate isn’t slowed down during periods when food becomes harder to find. But guys, repletes aren’t all! Some of these fattened up workers are known
as aquapletes! Workers that only store the colony’s water! And, check this out! The colony has been extra diligent at collecting
water from their water station, as evidenced by the bubbles in their water test tube, and
stuffing some of the workers, those choosing to be aquapletes, with this fresh water, because
the colony is currently undergoing somewhat of a water shortage crisis. The colony’s water supply is running low. Soon their cotton wall which used to provide
the colony with their water and humidity will run completely dry. But don’t worry, once it does, the colony
will pick up and move into their full water test tube. It won’t be much longer before one of these
ants comes up with the brilliant idea to make their full water test tube neighbouring their
nest, their new nest. We’ll find them all, brood, workers, and
the queen nesting in the new test tube one day soon! Another thing you might notice is some of
the ants have decided to interior decorate! They’ve carried grains of sand into their
test tube portal and even into the entrance of their nest test tube! It’s interesting to see that as the colony
grows, their activities become more and more diverse and interesting! But guys, as promised at the start of this
video, now it’s time to show you the final location of the Phoenix Empire’s kingdom,
which I discovered held a secret that moved me inside. Behold the Phoenix Empire’s garbage and
bathroom area within their test tube portal. Upon closer inspection, what I saw surprised
me then made me sad. Do you see it? It’s a dead worker. Turns out, this location in the test tube
portal is not only the colony’s designated toilet and garbage site, but it is also the
new Phoenix Empire graveyard. No need to worry, though. The death of this ant is normal and I was
expecting it, some point soon. You see, though the queen ant lives for several
years, worker ants only live for a few weeks, and it seems our oldest ants, the nanitics,
are now reaching the end of their lives and dying off. This nanitic, as a true first born, did not
have the benefit of being raised off the substantial mealworms and sugar water that the Phoenix
Empire enjoys today, because it was raised off the queen’s muscle tissues back when
the colony first began. As a result, these nanitics are smaller, physically
disadvantaged, and shorter lived. But as sad as it was to see that the nanitics
were dying now, you know what? I also felt a deep gratitude for the important
work it did while it was alive, during the Phoenix Empire’s most critical stage. Imagine that this dead ant here, was one of
the Phoenix Empire’s pioneers. This ant had to do all the jobs in order to
secure the Phoenix Empire’s future success. It had to be the queen’s caretaker, a forager,
a replete, an aquaplete, an interior designer, and caregiver of the young. Without the great work it served during its
lifetime, the Phoenix Empire would not be the fully functioning, optimistic fire ant
colony it is now. The nanitics in my mind are heroes. RIP little one! Thank you for your service. As I watched our new Phoenix Empire this week,
active, fruitful, and complex as ever, I realized that when you remove scale, societies of living
creatures often have many similarities. There’s order, systems in place to ensure
survival, denomination of jobs and key roles within its members, and pioneers making way
for those on the leading edge of the future. Ants and people aren’t so different after
all. I appreciate that you guys have all become
part of this fire ant colony’s journey, helping me make decisions and raise them. I can’t explain it but I love them so much
and understand that many of you happen to feel the same. It’s pretty cool! I’ll be sure to keep filming our Phoenix
Empire here closely, as they continue to grow in size and social complexity, so we can discover
more and more about them, and ultimately ourselves. Thank you for watching and supporting the
ants! I’ll see you guys again next week! It’s ant love forever! AC Family, our Phoenix Empire is evolving
so much, wouldn’t you say? A lot is in store ahead so if you haven’t
yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now and hit ALL so you get notified at
every upload, because I believe notifications seem to be broken but the Youtube support
team is on it. Also don’t forget to hit the LIKE button
every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me. Thank you, guys! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like see the absolutely shocking and awesome discovery I made this
week in the Ant Room! Someone laid eggs! Go see who! Just a quick announcement: if you’ve wanted
to get into ant keeping, use the coupon code “antloveforever” to get 10% off all ant
farms and equipment at AntsCanada.com! Promo ends March 1st so get your ant keeping
gear at AntsCanada.com now. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Why did the ant park need to be
minimally decorated and kept dry? Congratulations to Jacia Bruns who answered: It was to make sure the Phoenix Empire
wouldn’t nest in the ant park. Congratulations Jacia, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Name one thing you love about
the Phoenix Empire’s way of life. Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free ebook handbook from our shop! Hope you could subscribe to our 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!

MY GROWING ARMY OF FIRE ANTS | GETTING BIGGER & MORE COMPLEX


Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Ember Empress,
the royal queen fire ant of this 7 week old fire ant colony, we call the Phoenix Empire. Can you imagine that just a few weeks ago
our Phoenix Empire consisted of just a solo queen empress with a clutch of eggs in a test
tube, but today, we’ve fostered a growing army, silently getting bigger and stronger
with every week, in an ever expanding ant kingdom! And so today, we take a closer look at just
how big and complex the Phoenix Empire has become on a special guided tour through their
incredible and evolving living quarters. Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! It’s amazing how far these ants have come,
and at the very end of the video, the final stop to this tour of the fire ant kingdom,
is something you guys probably might have never seen before, so keep on watching until
the end to catch that. This here is the Phoenix Empire’s grand
castle. By the way, I wanted to give an official name
to this entire connected kingdom here of the Phoenix Empire, so guys, please take a moment
to vote in this ipoll here, to give our Phoenix Empire’s grand territories an official name! I trust you guys will make it a great one! Thank you, AC Council for your input! It’s sunrise now and the Phoenix Empire
nest is bustling with activity, workers going about their various routine tasks. For those of you who’ve been following them
these past few weeks, can you believe how many ants there are now! And have a look at that brood pile! Our Ember Empress, their cherished queen,
has been quite busy laying eggs, as you can see here! That’s one awesome mass of fire ant eggs! What you’re looking at here is the future
generation of fire ants. The brood pile is totally tripping me out
and is just massive right now, compared to last week, and as we saw in a previous video,
like pre-school, the Phoenix Empire is mindful to organize all the young by age group, so
they’re easier to care for. Eggs, larvae, and pupae are carefully grouped
together. The workers lick the brood clean with their
antibiotic saliva to keep mold from growing on their exposed, vulnerable bodies! Check out this dark pupa here which is just
about ready to emerge as an adult ant, a process called eclosing. She’s even starting to wiggle her feet! How cute! Once eclosed, new workers start off yellowish
in colour, then darken to the signature red and black after a couple of days. The Phoenix Empire youth looks promising! Now have you ever wondered if and how ants
sleep? Well, yes, they do, but their sleep consists
of hundreds of short, random power naps within the 24 hr cycle, like these two napping ants
here, but they wake up after a few minutes to commence working. Work just never ends! Amazing right? Oh! Rising to greet us now is our Ember Empress,
awakening to switch her resting position, and oh my gosh! Look at her butt! Compared to the last time we saw her, look
at how much her gaster has grown, enough to even give Kim Kardashian a run for her money! OK, I’ll stop. AC Family, I was just so happy to see this,
because it’s known as physogastrism, where the queen’s ovaries are producing such a
crazy amount of eggs, that it is blowing her gaster up like a balloon! Did you guys even know that ants have ovaries? Her gaster, will still grow to twice or even
three times this size in the coming weeks, as she becomes a total egg-producing factory! Let’s wish her luck on that! It’s important that our Ember Empress here
gets her rest and eats a lot in order to produce eggs. Soon she will have her own dedicated entourage
of workers that specialize only at massaging her, feeding her, plucking her newly laid
eggs from her gaster, and keeping her covered and protected. But for now, she buries herself deep into
a pile of her own brood and awaits her next egg-laying contractions. Man, I just love watching the Phoenix Empire
in their nest, how about you? It’s somehow relaxing, and I could do it
for hours. But, as interesting as these nest activities
are, so too is the action happening outside the nest. Attached to their setup is a great place,
you guys have officially named the Fireforest, and it is here where I’ll be serving their
breakfast! On today’s menu, the ants will be feasting
on a freshly chopped up superworm on a bed of leaf, and it also happens to be the biggest
meal they’ve ever had. Let’s watch! The Phoenix Empire sends out one of the workers
to venture out into the Fire Forest. She smells something interesting and new within
the territories. She wanders out onto Fire Forest grounds and
uses her antennae to smell around and locate what she’s looking for. It wasn’t long before she finally discovered
our culinary preparations, gives it a sniff, and runs back to the nest leaving a pheromonal
trail to inform the rest of the colony of the gourmet superworm steaks she found, and
call for back up to help with consumption. A few minutes later, the ants feast, fill
up their social stomachs and are back at the nest feeding the rest of the colony via trophallaxis,
regurgitating the pre-digested superworm meat into each other’s mouths, including the
larvae, and the queen. But meat isn’t all they eat! Some workers periodically visit the special
test tube which holds their sweet brown sugar-water supply we first provided them last week, and
they too bring their sugar water collections back to the nest! Now, guys this is something new that I’m
sure you’ll love! Check this out! Look at how filled up and stretched some of
the worker’s gasters are, as they each carry large quantities of food in their bodies! Interestingly enough, these specialized fattened
up workers, who have taken up the role of living food transporters, are known as the
repletes. They’re basically walking ant fridges, I
suppose, and are new to the Phoenix Empire. I’ve been waiting for the repletes to appear! The repletes differ from other worker ants
because they do nothing but stay at home and store the colony’s food, saved in their
sterile social stomachs and regurgitate the contents to feed the other colony members,
as needed. They’re larger bodies makes it too risky
for them to leave the nest as they become easier targets for predators, so they just
stay at home and are fattened up by workers ants returning from a meal outside. If I were a member of the Phoenix Empire,
I think this job description suits me best! Haha! The workers make sure these repletes are amply
fed so they can ensure the colony has a constant uninterrupted supply of food, so colony growth
rate isn’t slowed down during periods when food becomes harder to find. But guys, repletes aren’t all! Some of these fattened up workers are known
as aquapletes! Workers that only store the colony’s water! And, check this out! The colony has been extra diligent at collecting
water from their water station, as evidenced by the bubbles in their water test tube, and
stuffing some of the workers, those choosing to be aquapletes, with this fresh water, because
the colony is currently undergoing somewhat of a water shortage crisis. The colony’s water supply is running low. Soon their cotton wall which used to provide
the colony with their water and humidity will run completely dry. But don’t worry, once it does, the colony
will pick up and move into their full water test tube. It won’t be much longer before one of these
ants comes up with the brilliant idea to make their full water test tube neighbouring their
nest, their new nest. We’ll find them all, brood, workers, and
the queen nesting in the new test tube one day soon! Another thing you might notice is some of
the ants have decided to interior decorate! They’ve carried grains of sand into their
test tube portal and even into the entrance of their nest test tube! It’s interesting to see that as the colony
grows, their activities become more and more diverse and interesting! But guys, as promised at the start of this
video, now it’s time to show you the final location of the Phoenix Empire’s kingdom,
which I discovered held a secret that moved me inside. Behold the Phoenix Empire’s garbage and
bathroom area within their test tube portal. Upon closer inspection, what I saw surprised
me then made me sad. Do you see it? It’s a dead worker. Turns out, this location in the test tube
portal is not only the colony’s designated toilet and garbage site, but it is also the
new Phoenix Empire graveyard. No need to worry, though. The death of this ant is normal and I was
expecting it, some point soon. You see, though the queen ant lives for several
years, worker ants only live for a few weeks, and it seems our oldest ants, the nanitics,
are now reaching the end of their lives and dying off. This nanitic, as a true first born, did not
have the benefit of being raised off the substantial mealworms and sugar water that the Phoenix
Empire enjoys today, because it was raised off the queen’s muscle tissues back when
the colony first began. As a result, these nanitics are smaller, physically
disadvantaged, and shorter lived. But as sad as it was to see that the nanitics
were dying now, you know what? I also felt a deep gratitude for the important
work it did while it was alive, during the Phoenix Empire’s most critical stage. Imagine that this dead ant here, was one of
the Phoenix Empire’s pioneers. This ant had to do all the jobs in order to
secure the Phoenix Empire’s future success. It had to be the queen’s caretaker, a forager,
a replete, an aquaplete, an interior designer, and caregiver of the young. Without the great work it served during its
lifetime, the Phoenix Empire would not be the fully functioning, optimistic fire ant
colony it is now. The nanitics in my mind are heroes. RIP little one! Thank you for your service. As I watched our new Phoenix Empire this week,
active, fruitful, and complex as ever, I realized that when you remove scale, societies of living
creatures often have many similarities. There’s order, systems in place to ensure
survival, denomination of jobs and key roles within its members, and pioneers making way
for those on the leading edge of the future. Ants and people aren’t so different after
all. I appreciate that you guys have all become
part of this fire ant colony’s journey, helping me make decisions and raise them. I can’t explain it but I love them so much
and understand that many of you happen to feel the same. It’s pretty cool! I’ll be sure to keep filming our Phoenix
Empire here closely, as they continue to grow in size and social complexity, so we can discover
more and more about them, and ultimately ourselves. Thank you for watching and supporting the
ants! I’ll see you guys again next week! It’s ant love forever! AC Family, our Phoenix Empire is evolving
so much, wouldn’t you say? A lot is in store ahead so if you haven’t
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week in the Ant Room! Someone laid eggs! Go see who! Just a quick announcement: if you’ve wanted
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farms and equipment at AntsCanada.com! Promo ends March 1st so get your ant keeping
gear at AntsCanada.com now. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Why did the ant park need to be
minimally decorated and kept dry? Congratulations to Jacia Bruns who answered: It was to make sure the Phoenix Empire
wouldn’t nest in the ant park. Congratulations Jacia, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Name one thing you love about
the Phoenix Empire’s way of life. Leave your answer in the comments section
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FIRE ANTS REACT TO THEIR NEW “ANT PARK”


Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Phoenix Empire,
this 6 week old fire ant colony, that is destined to become a great fire ant kingdom of ant
power and might! The queen’s brood has been exploding in
numbers, and the demand for food, resources, and space increases more and more with every
new adult fire ant worker, maturing to join the growing army. But today, the ants are in for a special treat,
as we connect the colony to the biggest space they’ve ever seen, this brand new ‘Ant
Park’ complete with a delicious picnic waiting for them! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Behold, the Phoenix Empire’s newest premium
real estate: an Ant Park! You’ll really get a kick out of their interesting
reaction and picnic within this Ant Park, as well as something truly incredible, I filmed
back at the nest afterward, so keep on watching until the end. So this grand ant park will officially be
the biggest space, the Phoenix Empire will have ever accessed. So far the colony has only known the space
of their founding test tube, and just last week, their small feeding chamber and water
test tube. They don’t know it yet, but their fire ant
territory is about to get a whole lot larger! Now, I created the park using a simple kitchenware
container, decorated with sand, stones, sticks, and dry moss. I had to decorate minimally and keep everything
dry, so that the ants won’t try to move in here when we connect them, and just so
you know, something really funny is coming in a bit about that. But now, AC Family, I need your help: What
should we name this Ant Park? Please take the time to vote here on an official
park name. I trust you’ll make it a good one! Thank you, AC Council for your input! Now before we officially open this Ant Park
for business, let’s have a look into the Phoenix Empire’s nest, shall we? Behold the queen, we’ve named the Ember
Empress, sitting majestically over her massive bed of brood. We can see eggs, young larvae, and some pupae. Check out that young light-coloured worker
lovingly licking the larvae with her antibiotic saliva, to keep them all free of mold and
germs. Just adorable! But this incredibly is only one section of
the colony’s brood pile! Here’s another section with pupae and pupating
larvae, and yet another section with intermediate and mature larvae. This clearly is one massive brood pile! And if you compare the size of the queen’s
gaster now, to her gaster size just two weeks ago, you’ll see that a tonne more eggs are
about to be born soon! The Phoenix Empire is doing so well! But here’s the thing: With more and more
mouths to feed, they’ve not only had to eat a lot, but of course, they’ve also been
generating a lot of waste. Within the colony’s test tube portal, the
colony’s garbage pile and toilet area have been getting quite full. In nature, soil creatures and the elements
would clean this up, but in this case, the ants depend on me. Let’s clean up their mess! Wiping their garbage pile up! Ooooh look at that ant midden! Kinda looks like ear wax! Now to clean up their toilet area. Yummy! Ant feces. Cleaning up after the ants made me realize
that it was time for the ants to have a new, larger space so that the area where they eat
would not have to be the same area they poop and dump their garbage. Plus, I felt the fire ants were ready for
a larger space now, one where they could get out and satisfy their innate need to forage. This new ant park would offer the perfect
solution and contribute to the Phoenix Empire’s overall well-being. It’s time to give the colony their new park! Oooh how exciting! Let’s do this! Here was the tube that would offer a bridge
to the park that would connect to the test tube portal. Here I’ve prepared a freshly chopped up
mealworm on a bed of leaf, so they could enjoy a picnic in their new park. The colony was already sending out foragers
into the test tube portal, so I knew they were hungry! I placed the delicious meal inside. And now to connect the ant park tube to the
test tube portal! Here we go! Carefully removing the plug and inserting
the tube inside. And voila! Ant Park connected. Hope you like your new park, Phoenix Empire! Let’s watch! It wasn’t long before some brave ants began
to wander into the tube, ever curiously, and stepped onto the uncharted grounds of their
new ant park. And that’s when joy took over their bodies. The ants immediately set off to explore, and
in a rush they wandered every corner of the ant park they could! They inspected the sands, climbed the branches
and moss, scaled the walls, crawled around the rocks, and meticulously mapped out this
new, vast land of epic proportions! Never had they explored such an open space! What a discovery! After a bit of exploring, some ants ran back
through the tube filling the area with pheromones along the way to signal for other colony members
to come check out the newly discovered lands. This ant didn’t even bother going all the
way back to the nest. It had to get back to the ant park asap! The colony back in the test tube would smell
its “COME HITHER” pheromones eventually! And indeed, it was clear that inside the nest,
news had reached the colony of the ant park, and more workers set off to investigate the
rumors of the new exciting lands just beyond. I watched as more and more workers emerged
and frolicked about. Strangely, our picnic preparations were ignored
during this park opening celebration. I think the ants were more preoccupied with
exploring the new space, to notice or even care about food right now. And remember what I said about making the
park an undesirable environment for nesting? Well, check out this bold ant, eagerly trying
to dig a tunnel! Do you think, the ants like this new space
or what? Haha! Sure enough, eventually, one inquisitive ant
came to discover that on this random leaf in the middle of the park, lay a butchered
mealworm buffet for a hungry Empire! It began to feast on the mealworm meat, and
while it did, along came a second ant, who would go on to help spread the pheromones
to inform the other ants that ‘Hey, forget the park! There’s actual food here!” It wasn’t long before word spread to the
entire colony and ants were all over the mealworm meat chowing down. Soon this ant picnic was the new talk of the
Empire. Feast well, my beloved ants! Feast! It was just so satisfying to watch the ants
gathering to eat as a pack, as well as traveling back to the nest to reinforce the pheromone
trail to the mealworm picnic buffet on a leaf. In fact, the new ant park and picnic caused
such a stir, that back at the nest, I noticed only a few workers had chosen to remain at
home with the queen. Surely some rules were being broken here! Haha! I don’t blame them, though! This was an awesome day for our Phoenix Empire! An hour later, I took a peek into the nest
and saw something truly amazing! Pieces of the mealworm had been brought back
to the nest for further consumption. The usual worker to worker trophallaxis, was
also happening, as they distributed the mealworm meat to home-bound workers who couldn’t
leave the nest. But what I found the most amazing was something
I noticed during trophallaxis occurring between worker ants and the larvae! Check this out, AC Family! Here you’ll see workers feeding the larvae,
as they regurgitate blobs of predigested mealworm meat. But check out this one worker that began to
dig deep into the brood pile to pick out a seemingly random young larva, and proceeded
to feed it. It was at this moment that something truly
incredible dawned on me. To think, that with all the larvae around,
the worker traveled deep into the pile to pick out this larva in particular to feed. This blew my mind because it was evidence
that the ants had some sort of system going on, that ensured all larvae were eating. I suspect that the larvae release a pheromone
indicating when they’re hungry, and the workers somehow are able to detect the larvae
that need food the most, who may not necessarily be at the most accessible places of the brood
pile. In ant society, no child is left unfed, even
if you happen to be at the bottom of the pile. After the ant finished feeding the larva,
I watched as it proceeded deeper into the pile to feed another hidden larva tucked away
within the pile. It was a beautiful thought to consider that
in the ant world, no larva is ever left forgotten or neglected, and that the only time the young
do go hungry is when the entire colony can’t find food and the whole colony goes hungry. The ants rise and fall together as a family. What’s even more amazing is imagining what
it would be like when the colony reaches hundreds, thousands, or even millions of larvae, not
even taking into account the additional maintenance the eggs, larvae, and pupae require on top
of feeding duties. It’s mind-blowing, the degree of organization
and systemisation ants require to ensure all colony needs are met every single day. AC Family, after today’s epic events, it
was super satisfying to see the ants doing what they’re designed to do naturally. In the days following the colony continued
to travel back forth between their ant park and the nest, in search of food. I’ll be placing their meat in here from
now on. As an additional gift, I prepared a test tube
full of brown sugar water and attached it to their test tube portal, so our workers
could drink it at any time, and acquire the energy needed to power their great work! I think we did good, guys. The Phoenix Empire would all rest with full
bellies for another week. I truly appreciate that a lot of you guys
seem to enjoy following the evolution and progress of this fire ant colony. They’re well on the road to success now. I believe they’ve surpassed the hardest
part of laying down the foundation to a fully functioning ant colony. Not every ant colony survives this initial
founding stage, but thankfully our Phoenix Empire here is one of the lucky ones! I expect in just a few weeks more, the Phoenix
Empire will have hundreds or even thousands of workers. They’ll soon start to grow large enough
to live with allies like springtails and isopods that would eat up their waste, big enough
to eventually move into a formicarium and outworlds, ferocious enough to consume large
prey, and soon explode in numbers so much, that they’ll need to be housed in a full
blown terrarium! But I’m in no rush, because for now, I’m
just treasuring all these intimate moments with the Phoenix Empire, particularly with
the Ember Empress, because the thing I noticed while keeping their predecessors, the Fire
Nation, was the bigger the colony got, the less and less I saw the queen, and once they
finally moved into a terrarium, I never ever saw her again even to the day she died privately
in the darkness of her nest. So I’ve resolved to enjoy these precious
moments with our Phoenix Empire queen, while we still can. And through it all, I’ll continue filming
the Phoenix Empire’s epic journey to becoming the greatest ant colony of the Antiverse. From the bottom of my heart, guys, thank you
for watching and supporting the ants! It’s ant love forever! AC Family, our Phoenix Empire is doing so
well, wouldn’t you say? So much is in store ahead so if you haven’t
yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now and hit ALL so you get notified at
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every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me. Thank you, guys! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch extended play footage of the Phoenix Empire exploring
their new ant park as well as a certain creature that mysteriously somehow managed to infiltrate
and enter the ant park! See if you can spot it! Just a quick announcement: if you’ve wanted
to get into ant keeping, we’re having our 10th year anniversary sale at AntsCanada.com! Just use the coupon code “antloveforever”
to get 10% off all AC ant farms and equipment at the store! Thanks so much for the ten years of support,
guys! And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: What do you look forward to the most
in the Phoenix Empire’s future? Congratulations to Bruce Hendershott who answered: I’m most looking forward to the
emergence of the supermajors. Congratulations Bruce, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Why did the ant park need to be
minimally decorated and kept dry? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you could subscribe to our channel as
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Hogyan nevelj hangyakolóniát? – 1. rész


AntsHungary presents: How to raise an ant colony? the ant colony’s raising starts with a test tube. fill the clean test tube with some water theen put a piece of wool in it not too tight and not too loosely pull down the wool with a hooked wire expressly. only until the water level not along! than put the ant queen in this test tube. this test tube will guarantee the humidity for a long time the end of the test tube also close with a piece of wool it let through the air so gives the optimal breeze for the hatching test tube. the queen feels safe herself in this tight, closed test tube and the humidity imitate the underground conditions most of the claustral ant species don’t claim feeding at the first time, but we recommend to feeding every species from the beginning, to helps their successfull colony founding. most species needs to feed with honey and insects only some harvester species deflect from it. put a small honey at the side of the test tube with a hooked wire put only a few from it, less than a drop. we should think how big our ant, and how big her stomach possibly if we think this, we won’t make that mistake to give too much honey them and they stick in it. recommend to cut half the insects for the ants they will easily access to the soft parts in it. then put the test tube in warm, dark, calm and vibration-free place when the queen can laying eggs leisurely. can guarantee the darkness if package the test tube in a piece of cellophane. some days later the queen is laying down her first eggs. this time we don’t have much work, just to take care for the feeding and keep the test tube clean. give them half-cutted insect pieces 2 times a week and 1 or 2 days later clear off them before they deteriorate after a few weeks the eggs develop.. …first for larva, ..after for puppae. larvae eats protein already, so this time important the feeding regularly. first workers will hatch from the puppae. with the small and mediom sized ants it needs 4-6 weeks from egg to worker but with some big sized spices this time could be 2 and half months even. If the test tube became dirty during the hatching we have to move the queen and the brood into a new, clean test tube. it’s much easier now, than when have workers if the surface of the cotton covered by mould, or the water discoloured, it could be a dangerous habitat for the ants, so have to move them for a new tube. we need the following tools for the transfer: first top up the new test tube with the earlier mentioned method, then put the queen into the new one. finally have to move the brood carefully. need a small drop of water. watering a bit the hair of the brush, so the brood will stick to it and we can move them carefully to the new test tube. the brush has soft hairs wich don’t damage the brood. try to move all of the eggs. don’t have to put them for the same place, the queen will put them to a heap. 🐜 Subscribe! 🐜 – and check the next episode. 🙂

MY FIRE ANTS SET UP SOME NEW “HOUSE RULES” | The Phoenix Empire Laws

MY FIRE ANTS SET UP SOME NEW “HOUSE RULES” | The Phoenix Empire Laws


They’ve got new rules, they count ‘em! Behold the Phoenix Empire, a young fire ant
colony that is growing bigger in numbers by the day. It’s amazing to think that just a few weeks
ago, this fruitful fire ant colony started with just one pregnant queen ant and her eggs. Now, she’s got her own growing army of workers,
masses of babies, and more on the way. But as more fire ant members join this multiplying
army, new rules and colony laws must be set in place if they’re to succeed at becoming
a mighty fire ant colony. These new Phoenix Empire rules which all members
must follow, will truly blow your mind! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! If there’s something ant keeping has taught
me, it’s that ants are so much like humans, it’s staggering. Before us here, lies the simple setup, in
which an intricate city of fire ants is slowly taking shape. You guys will trip out at some of the rules
they’ve begun to establish, so keep on watching until the end to find out what the Phoenix
Empire’s new quote-unquote colony rules are. But first, here is the Phoenix Empire’s
gorgeous, royal queen, whose name is now officially the ‘Ember Empress’, thanks to you guys
who voted for her official name in last week’s video. Now, I can’t figure out if it should be
“Empress Ember” or the “Ember Empress”. Can you guys take a quick moment to vote here
to help decide on her official name? Thank you AC Council for your input. She’s an awesome queen, and has been quite
busy. Have a look. This here is just one section of her impressive
brood pile. You can see eggs, larvae, and pupae. And here is the queen’s newest clutch of
eggs! If you look carefully, you’ll notice that
some of the eggs have already hatched into tiny larvae. Congrats, our Empress! You’re doing great! Now this might be random, but a lot of you
have been asking about the three bumps on Empress Ember’s head, some of you guys even
fearing they were mites. No need to worry, though! Those are actually eyes called ocelli, useful
to the queen during her past nuptial flight, the great night our Empress here left her
mother colony and mated with males from other colonies. Flying and seeking out potential males all
while also trying not to be eaten by predators, requires good vision so having these extra
eyes on top of her head is super useful. They’re kind of like a fire ant crown now,
and those wing scars you see on her thorax, like her royal stripes, earned the moment
she broke off her wings after insemination, marking the start of her journey as queen! Now, with the queen constantly laying eggs,
and all these new babies popping up demanding attention and care, the workers have been
extremely diligent at helping raise their growing siblings, which brings me to the Phoenix
Empire’s first set of rules. Phoenix Empire Rule #1: Arrange the kids according
to age! Like pre-school, you may notice that the workers
have started to pay closer attention to arranging the brood according to life stage and age. All the eggs are bunched together, and stray
eggs eventually get picked up and placed in the egg pile. Same goes for larvae and pupae. As the colony continues to grow and these
brood piles get even larger and larger, segregating the young according to age becomes more and
more important, and here’s why. Each life stage, requires a specific care
regimen and environment. For instance, eggs need to be bunched together
so they better retain moisture collectively plus they’re easier to transport in packages,
in case of an emergency like during an ant-eater tongue intrusion or something. The larvae need to be constantly fed, and
as they shed their skin multiple times as they mature, the workers need to eat the larvae’s
shed skin, as you can see here, in order that it doesn’t just lay around and grow fungus. Speaking of fungus by the way, eggs and larvae
need to be constantly licked clean by the workers, as ant saliva contains an anti-biotic
and anti-fungal which keeps all brood from harmful fungus or microbes. Finally, pupae and pupating larvae are placed
in the warmest portions of the nest in order that they develop as quickly as possible so
they can become adult worker ants faster, and help out! So as you can see, the Phoenix Empire here
is getting really systematic with how they do things, but fire ant youth management isn’t
all. Check out what else the Phoenix Empire had
been secretly planning! So this brood explosion has been the result
of all the food I’ve been providing the colony this week. Peeking into their food chamber, this AC Test
Tube Portal from our ant shop at AntsCanada.com has been fully stocked with goodies. Have a look! Here you’ll see, a hollowed out superworm
piece. And behind it some sweet mango-flavoured jelly. And much like we saw last week, evidence of
these foods can be seen through the larvae’s semi-transparent skin. But with all the eating this colony has been
doing as of late, it made me wonder what the colony was doing with all their waste. Their test tube appeared clean and sterile
as ever. What was the Phoenix Empire doing with their
leftover scraps, I wondered, and where were they going to the bathroom? AC Family, Rule #2: All members of the Phoenix
Empire are to do their business and eliminate at the designated colony bathroom. Behold, the Phoenix Empire’s official toilet. Sounds weird but isn’t that awesome? They’ve chosen a spot right behind the jelly
to poo. If you’ve never seen ant droppings before,
they look like this. Like bird poop, they have a whitish liquid
part and some solid pieces. And what’s totally amazing is they’ve
strategically set up their toilet area at a spot furthest from the colony. It’s a smart toilet location. The poop dries up and isn’t anywhere near
the delicate young and colony’s living quarters. It could just decompose naturally in the corner. I’m not too sure where the queen poops though,
because I couldn’t see any droppings in the test tube and I assume it was too dangerous
for the Phoenix Empire to allow Empress Ember to wander out in to the open, so my guess
is the workers simply carry her royal droppings to dump into the toilet area. It also would make sense that her droppings
would be minimal, as I’m sure most of the material she eats goes towards all the eggs
she’s producing. But guys, bathroom rules weren’t all that
surprised me. Looking around the test tube portal look at
what else I found! Rule #3: All colony garbage is to be dumped
at this place. Beneath the cup of jelly, I was thrilled to
discover the colony’s garbage. Little bits of uneaten superworm and mealworm
leftovers, as well as the meconia or fecal pellets of the larvae, were all stashed here. It’s interesting that they chose to place
their garbage underneath the jelly cup, because it showed that the Phoenix Empire understood
the need to bury their garbage. In nature, burying the colony’s garbage
helps break it down faster, as it becomes more accessible to soil creatures and beneficial
microbes which feast on this ant midden. Cool right? Now there was one last rule the Phoenix Empire
was following, which I found to be the most interesting! I noticed the colony’s water portion in
their test tube was running out, so I connected a new fresh test tube setup to the test tube
portal. Upon discovery, the Phoenix Empire got really
excited and began sending out workers to inspect the new water source and maybe, just maybe,
their future new nest location once their current test tube dries out. But it was at this time, that I noticed the
Phoenix Empire had began to practice something biologists already know ants commonly do. Rule #4: Only the oldest ants are allowed
to leave the nest at any time! Notice how all the workers entering the new
test tube here are dark in colour? Only the colony elders can venture out into
the world outside the nest, while all new young workers are stay-at-home caregivers
and house chore workers! It’s a smart colony rule because this way,
inexperienced or unhardened young worker ants don’t end up getting injured and/or dying
in the dangerous outside world, and those that do risk their lives to gather resources
outside the protection of the nest, are the hardiest, strongest, and most experienced
of the bunch, and if they were to die, at least the young ones within the nest have
the longest lives still to live, and can hold up the fort until the next generation of workers
arrive, and they themselves become old enough to be foragers. Isn’t it amazing how systematic they are
now? I think we’ll start seeing this more and
more, where the bigger the colony gets, the more organized and structured they need to
be. It makes sense. Whether it be ants or people, it seems the
more complex the society, the more complex the rules. It’s this organization that will ensure
colony success. Biologists aren’t sure how the ants know
what rules to establish, or when, but perhaps its a mixture of instinct and collective decisions
made by members of the colony at the right times of colony development. In the coming days, I look forward to introducing
some allies into the Phoenix Empire’s setup: namely, springtails from our AC Nucleus, our
soil creature breeding facility. The springtails will gobble up the ants’
garbage and bathroom deposits! I won’t do it just yet, though as I don’t
want the springtails to compete with the fire ants for food I place inside. I’ll wait for the colony to get bigger and
more aggressive, before I start playing God and introducing other organisms in the mix. I also can’t wait for the majors and supermajors
to arrive, specialized larger workers with massive heads and brute jaw force for cutting
things up and colony protection! They come much later. I can’t wait for the Phoenix Empire to receive
their first official ant farm, outworld, and eventually full blown terrarium. I also can’t wait for the day this colony
becomes big enough to feed some real meat to! Haha! But one step at a time, and AC Family, I must
say, I love that you all are following the development of this very humble fire ant colony
with me, every step of the way, on their journey to becoming the most powerful ant kingdom
of our Antiverse. I’ll continue to film their evolution closely. It’s all very inspiring for me to see, in
a world where ants, especially fire ants, are generally hated and tagged as gross, killed
and exterminated as pests, that at least in this unsuspecting corner of Youtube, ant love
thrives and grows with the power of a Phoenix. Thank you for watching. It’s ant love forever! AC Family, our fire ants are on their way
up, and it’s great you all are part of this journey! So much is in store ahead so if you haven’t
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crossing fingers things will be fixed. Also, don’t forget to hit the LIKE button
every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me. Thank you, guys! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of the Phoenix Empire
discovering their new water test tube as well as the colony going about their daily activities
in their nest. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Why does an ant colony need protein? Congratulations to Ruby Raven Gachalife who
correctly answered: Protein helps the larvae grow
and the queen to lay more eggs. Congratulations Ruby, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: What do you look forward to most
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Élet 5 centiméteren! – Temnothoraxok gondozása FormiKIT micro hangyafarmban


If you don’t know Temnothorax species, you should know they are tiny species and found small colonies. They can live lifelong in the FormiKIT micro formicarium. Here can see the queen. The moister spoinge is a bit dirty in this formicarium, i should replace it to a new one. But how can we do this, to avoid their escape? Check this, here is the first trick! We will replace the sponge and the colony will stay in the formicarium during. The FormiKIT Micro include 6 screws we will get out 5 from these. We will leave only the roofing’s screw. The formicarium won’t come aparts, but we can slide carefully the nest’s top layer. Take out the old sponge, and put the new one into. Then slip back the top layer. We have some deserters of course. Don’t afraid, just put them back with a brush. Finally close and assemble the formicarium. You can see the new sponge is much cleaner! This sponge is really thin, as can see before. This is important. Don’t forget: it can store only a few water, so really important to moister it regularly, at least 1-2 times a week. Temnothorax species don’t need high humidity, but they also drink sometimes. Put a piece of tape on the moister hole, to slow down the evaporating. I raised up them a bit. They are trying to hide in the pole and guarding the queen. We can clean up the dirty arena with a humid cotton wool. I show you a mature colony too. The winged male ants this year appeared in this colony. You can see they have massive brood. This is how looks a mature colony in the Temnothorax species. But they are still no more than 5 centimeter. I show you the 2nd trick with this colony. Need a small piece of wool, and a hooked tweezer. When all ants in the nest-part, close the entrance with the wool. Take out the 4 screws from the arena. If you take apart the arena like this you can wiping and cleaning it, just how you want. Don’t have to worry about the escapes during the cleaning. The two screws still keeps in gross the nest-part. If we finished with the cleaning assemble it again and give food for the ants. You can see a new-born worker in this scene. They has this bright color after born, during the first day. She looks just like a “ghost-ant” 🙂 This colony get honey, … …cockroach pieces, … …and shattered nut pieces for food. It seems they like the cockroach mostly now. You can put the formicarium in different ways, but don’t forget: the water in the sponge will always goes downwards. Thanks for watching! You can find the own-designed FormiKIT Micro formicarium on our ant-site! If you enjoyed, don’t forget to subscribe to the AntsHungary’s YouTube channel! 🙂