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.

Messor barbarus – 11 – The Awakening – Ant Season 2018

Messor barbarus – 11 – The Awakening – Ant Season 2018


The Messor is back from hibernation! Ant season 2018 has now officially started. Hey Guys, welcome to the Amazing Ants Channel! I know there have been no video for a longer
time and I am really sorry about that, but like my ants, I’d just needed a break myself. Let’s start directly with the ants. What have they done in during all this time
in hibernation? You won’t believe it but also during hibernation
they always kept on working. They redesigned their whole out world! Here at the left side of the formicarium they’ve
made these ultra cool mini ravines. Sometimes I can see a worker ant carrying
brood through these mini ravines from one nest to the other. So awesome what they did there! As you can see they moved so much sand they
build an entire new landscape! That’s like terra forming in their scale. And look at all this sand in the right back
corner. That hill has to grow only 5 cm more and they
have built their way out of their formicarium. Let’s have a look inside the colony. Most of the ants have survived hibernation,
they had enough seeds and still have enough, the temperatures have been very ant-friendly
and I’ve watered the whole formicarium twice and of course they always had a water source
available. So yeah, it was not that hard for those ants. They still have some brood, while in hibernation,
the larvae’s development stops, with higher temperatures and proteins they will start
growing again. So we should be able to see first workers
of 2018 in some weeks! And here we see the first ants baking ant
bread this year. They often do this like here in small groups
together. And due to their social stomach, they share
this freshly produced ant bread within the colony. In the satellite nest at the left side, they
store lots of seeds. These ants there are the grain guardians. And they have this very strange behavior at
the entrance. Why do they all stay at the glass near the
entrance? Maybe they are really planning an escape! They didn’t sit the whole winter at the
glass. They started with this some days after I raised
the temperature from 14 to 21° C. There is already an escapee at the edge, I’m
really starting to worry. What the heck are they going to do? PTFE works fine so far like we can see here,
but I really have to renew my outbreak barrier, somewhere must be a small gap. Some hours later they are still at the glass. I made a time-lapse so we can see what they
are doing there all the time, are they just chilling at the glass or are they up to something? I think I have to give the ants a reason to
stay in the formicarium, they need flesh, they are greedy for proteins. They have received no insects for like 10
weeks. So we’re going to feed them these two adult
crickets, both freshly killed with boiling water. The ants should not pull the crickets down
into their nest, so I pinned them with a tooth pick to a small cork piece. Now the ants can’t pull them that easily
into their nest, first, they have to cut the crickets into small pieces. I’d put the crickets inside the formicarium
and only some minutes later, there had been dozens of ants starting to proceed the long-awaited
proteins. The ants also had the force to flip the whole
cricket-toothpick-cork-feeding setup over. While I was watching the ants proceeding their
meal, I recognized they are acting extremely aggressive; they are like piranhas in a blood
rage. I’ve never seen the
Messor colony acting that aggressive to their food. Maybe that’s because they hadn’t any proteins
for such a long time and this first meal of the season has to be proceeded as fast as
possible. The next morning, there wasn’t much left
over of the crickets, only a very small part of the left one. To give them all what they could need, I also
provided them with a lot of water. It is time for another rainfall like in one
of the earlier videos. I don’t want to damage their structures,
which the Messor colony built in hard work during the whole winter, so I’m using a
small pipette to water the whole formicarium. It takes a little bit of time, but due this
slowly watering, I can ensure not to water to much and their awesome structures won’t
collapse. Hopefully. The ants really enjoy the water; so much ants
are rushing out for it. The water will not only moisten the top. The Ytong stones will also absorb a lot of
this water and the nest will be moistened too. I think I’m going to provide them in future
with water by letting it rain. They start being so active after the rainfall. And they also can dig, because the sand-clay
mixture gets softer. And these ants right here really love digging.

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. 🙂

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! 🙂

Elképesztő hangyaváros szövőhangyákkal! (Polyrhachis dives)

Elképesztő hangyaváros szövőhangyákkal! (Polyrhachis dives)


Hello everyone, this is a new antsite video In this episode we are going to rebuild an ant city. Keep watching until the end – i promise it will be super exciting… This is an old formicarium A thriving weaver ant colony lived in it before. You can saw this colony in some previous videos, or even personally on terraristic exhibitions. This colony lived 2, 2 and half year long in this formicarium. So the goal is to populate again this formicarium with a thriving ant colony. We have chance now to rebuild this system, so why don’t we upgrade a bit this whole formicarium to be more spectacular? You know i have plenty of creativity, so i find out a cylinder shape instead of the previous brick. This is more elegant and even more spectacular. Then I want something more in my mind.. If the weaver ants can get an own tower, why don’t they get an own city instead? This is the story how comes the idea to build an ant city. The structure build up from three different towers, with three outside gallery between them. There are three escape-prevent edge, and three openable ventilation grid on the top of the towers. There are more ventilation grids on two place at the sides, for the better breezing. There are many carcase laying on the floor of the old formicarium. Also can find tainted, unhatched larvae somewhere. The diameter of the biggest cylinder was planned for the size of the old bonsai tree. Meanwhile we get a big family of weaver ants so they will move into the new place. You can see what a massive nest they built in their previous home. They weaved almost everything for nest in the left formicarium, and there are many of workers in the left formicarium also. The ant city looks much amazing after the furnish. The old bonsai tree also looks epic in it, and i put another, smaller bonsai tree inside. Ants can hide between it’s roots. The ant city looks like a real metropolis after the ants have moved in. Every ants working on it’s own task busily. Some of them are building new home and others throwing out the garbage from the old nest. Every ants run fast to their work on the busy trails. After the settlement the ants moved in the old nest at the top of the tree immediately, and they start to throwing out the old larvaes and garbage from it. I didn’t record video from the settlement, because I have put them through almost one by one during an afternoon. It wasn’t too interesting for a video you can believe. An now let’s see the freshly building new nest. One day after the settlement some ants gathered spectacularly between the roots. At that time we could guess what they planning, and a few times later the first strings just appear. The ants just start to weaving their new nest. Catch their larvae in their mouth and working busy on the building operations, so they pass so much with the building on the first day! A few days later the new nest starts to equal to it’s final form. The walls became more stronger as the ants wave more and more layers on it. They use every kind of building material, this reason there are black and green threads in the walls which comes from the fake grass which covers the floor. Meanwhile they start to renew the old nest at the top of the tree. They have repaired the entrances, and they start to build together the nest with the wall of the cylinder. Can see well the fresh silks with brighter color than the old weaves. We can see inside the nest through the formicarium wall. There are many of workers and larvae working hard inside. That workers who don’t work, they guarding in a typical position on the most important strategy places. Sometimes we can notice winged males (drones) in the colony. The smallest, sloping tower still empty, because I give them food and water here. I put a test tube with full of water here, and they start to use it ardently. Hopefully they won’t drown in the open water, if this happens i have to find out another method for watering. There is a build in thermometer at the side of the formicarium. The back of the thermometer have to cover with grid, to avoid them to move inside it. Those areas where the ants feel the ventilation of the air, they try to discover new places. They stick out their antennae often through the dish to find out what is at the other side. A few workers waiting standby on the only door where no any escape-prevent oil around. But don’t worry, i never open this door. If they thirsty or hungry many workers start to raiding in their territory to find food or water. But of course their activity depends from the temperature and light also, in cooler temperature they goes inside the nest instead. And it seems they try to reach the lighter places – i think this could be some escaping instinct. It is such a catching sight, as these tiny insects organizing their society and living their everyday. We can admire them for hours, and can observe more and more interesting ant-things, but unfortunately our video is ending now, hope see you again next time! Don’t forget to like, subscribe and hit the 🔔 icon to get notifications for our new videos! 🙂

Pheidole megacephala en Formica cinerea: lekker smullen

Pheidole megacephala en Formica cinerea: lekker smullen


Hi antlovers Today my Formica cinerea and my Pheidole megacephala colony get something they never had before. meal-worms and crickets. The cinerea colony starts munching quickly from the meal-worms, wile others are still hunting down some fruit flies. The Pheidole got some small crickets, and the start eating them with pleasure. In any case, i would hate to be a cricket right now. There is one cricket that has not been captured yet, and he jumped away just in time,…. …straight in the jaws of one of the other ants This ant is going to wrestle a bit with the cricket, but with some reinforcement the cricket has no chanse. The cinerea’s don’t care about all that fuzz, and keep on enjoying their meal-worms. That’s it for this movie. did you enjoy it? Like, comment and subscribe. see you next time 😉

Hogyan nevelj hangyakolóniát – 3-6/B. rész

Hogyan nevelj hangyakolóniát – 3-6/B. rész


antsite.eu presents: How to raise an ant colony? – part: 3/B If the colony grows out the test tube, and it gets dirty, we possibly keep them in an open test tube. This is a “velvety tree ant” colony with hundreds of workers. Normally it’s a bad idea to open this test tube, but i show you a technique which we can use this time. Temporarily we can use a simple container box for it, but the best will be the formicarium – i will tell you later why. As first step we should put on some escape-prevent oil to the top of the container. This will prevent the ants to run away. Oiling only a few, otherwise the oil will leak down, and the ants will stick in it. Put the colony into the container, and open the test tube carefully. Ants will flooding out immediately, but they can’t run out from the box. Much easy to feeding such a big colony in this box than in the test tube. Even the ants have more space, and they can react if someting goes wrong in the test tube. In a closed test tube the water can flooding the ants, but with this open test-tube keeping method the whole colony can escape out from the tube. Put tinfoil on a clean test tube setup. Put this into the box and the ants will moving into this one later from the old and dirty test tube. They do it because they feels the darker and cleaner test tube more safety and comfortable. We can hurry them if we tip them out from the test tube, but this species spray formic-acid during stress so we don’t want as many ants to be suicide. Carefully get out the wool-pieces. The ants find the honey immediately – they really need enough food now. Throw some cutted worms also to give them protein. You can see the workers not really successfull on the escap-prevent oil. They can’t walk on this oiled surface. Few days later the ants has moved to the new test tube, so we can get out the old one. But make sure to tip out all of the workers from it. If we check them closer, we can see they moved all the brood with eggs and larvae to the new test tube. So this is a really effective method for moving a colony. The ants did it themselves, we only has to give the ideal conditions for them. Now let’s see the detriments: The escape-prevent oil will disappear from the top of the container within a few weeks. It goes dry or the ants put some dust on it, or somehow fight themselves through. So time to time we should put some fresh oil on it, and could be a good idea to close the container with a cap. But now i have to say another problem! If the box hasn’t got enough ventilation the colony inside can be suicide during stress with their formic-acid, or can choke without enough fresh air. Better ventilation or some soil could help on this, but the best final solution if we keep the ants in a formicarium. In this the ventilation optimal for sure, and we can observe the nest much better than in a test tube. So if we have a bigger formicarium we can use the arena-part similarly like the container before. But first we have to close the nest-part to prevent the ants to move in too early. Then put the test tube in the arena-part. We can use test-tube holder to prevent the rolling. Now open the test tube and let the spotters out. We put the food in the arena not into the test tube anymore. Can feed in small bowls or just simply on the ground of the arena, because acrylic formicariums are easy to clean. We can put in different kind of foods, and we can learn the ants to find the food themselves everywhere in the arena. If the test tube gets dirty or goes dry we can put in a new, clean test tube near the old, and the ants can move themselves within some days. If they don’t want to move Just tip them out from the old test tube and let the new one inside the arena, so they have to move into the new one. But with this method we will loss some brood, because some of the eggs and larvae will stick into the test tube, so we have to put them back carefully with a brush. So better if the ants move themselves. Our colony number will raising because of the more space and more food. It could happen some weeks or some months later – depends of the species. When they have enough workers to find every food in the arena the ants are ready to move in the formicarium’s nest-part. Important to wait until they have enough workers, because if we let them in too early the colony could move in, but maybe they won’t have enough workers to go out searching for food. It could emerge a crisis in the colony because they don’t have enough food to grow workers, but even don’t have enough workers to find food. The recommend worker number to open the nest is different – depends of the species. It could around 30-50 workers with a smaller species, but with a bigger species maybe 20 can be enough. After we open the nest-part the spotters will scout their new territory. If they find it suitable the whole colony will move in. Sometimes needs days for the moving – it depends from the colony number. Bigger colonies has more workers so they find the new place faster and moves themselves faster. After that we only have to feed and drink the colony, so we can observe as they grow more and more workers, and our ant-society grows up slowly. Don’t forget to like and subscribe, and hit the bell 🔔 icon! Click for the next episode!

Face to Face with Ants – Ultra Close-up (feat. Messor colony)

Face to Face with Ants – Ultra Close-up (feat. Messor colony)


Today we will travel into the ants’ microcosm. We’ll discover hidden details, not visible
to the human eye. We will meet these ants face to face. Well, that was kind of dramatic, Hey guys! Welcome to the Amazing Ants channel. You all know the Messor colony, but do we
really know them? We see them as ants, from above, but with
some help we can get as close as an ant to them. Get ready to see these giant Major workers
of the Messor colony from a completely new perspective! First of all, I’m going to show you my setup. We need a small base like a small book, a
squared paper for size comparison and the most important thing, the rubber band. All in all it’s pretty easy, we just put the
paper on the book and the rubber band around. And then we just need to take a Major worker
and we put her simply under the rubber. So, next step is to catch a Major worker,
hm, we need a very big one. Over there! That’s a huge worker! This ant will be our model! We just need to get her with the tweezers
and, oh she is biting the tweezers, it’s more like she got us! Wow, I’m always impressed when I see how strong
these small creatures are. Just thing about that. There is a single ant moving steel tweezers. That’s incredible! Nevertheless, we have a job to do and we have to put this ant under the ruber band Remember when I said . It’s not that easy. Finally we did it! The ant fixed and now we can get extreme close. This ant is too strong! Oh no! She is on her way to get out! Ok, I put the ant little bit more to the side. The rubber band at the side can create more
down force than in the middle. This ant fixed! And there is some ant poop. Now we can dive into the ants microcosm and
have a really close up look! The first thing we see, is more ant poop. That’s not all, we can still get closer. Look at this harry head! Have you ever thought they have even hair
on their head? There is so much more to discover. Let’s take a look at the mandibles, that structure
and also these sharp teeth, they look like a mini nutcracker with hairs on it. And also check out their antenna, it looks
like the antenna is attached to something like a small ball inside the head. Ever seen an ant eye? Like most insects, ants also have compound
eyes. I think this looks not really like an ant. I dont know what it could be, but it look’s
evil, like a daemon or a evil mask or something like that. The structure of their exoskeleton is fascinating Look closely to the antenna where it’s attached
to the head, there you can see the small ball I’ve mentioned earlier. And also look at all their hair, especially
above the mandibles, it’s like a small ant mustache. The microcosm time is now over and as you
can see, the ant also wants to get back into her nest. I hope I could give with this video an interesting
and slightly different view of ants. I personally think they are small Monster
Alien creatures but tell me what do you think now about ants, what was the most astonishing
detail you have seen? Tell me in the comments below. If you have enjoyed the video, leave a like
or subscribe. Thank you so much guys, see you soon!

DIY – Tower Nest –  Giant Caves for Your Ants! (feat. Messor Colony)

DIY – Tower Nest – Giant Caves for Your Ants! (feat. Messor Colony)


Hey Guys, how you’re doing? Welcome to the Amazing Ants channel. These nice shots you can see right here are
from the new ant nest I’ve made. Here you can see some workers eating ant bread. In this video I will show you how you can
make your own ant nest with this very special style Let’s start with the basic material. Ytong also known as autoclaved aerated concrete,
cellular concrete, porous concrete or Aircrete is a mixture of lime, quartz sand and cement. The Material becomes way easier to handle
when its wet, so I water the whole block. The structure of Ytong is like a sponge, so
it can absorb a lot of water but not that fast like a sponge. If you are only working with a screwdriver
and you have no machines, I really recommend you watering your Ytong for several hours. I’ve watered it only for an hour and that
was way to less. I’m starting with some small holes through
the whole Ytong. These holes make it a lot easier for me to
work with the screw driver. I’m trying to get a really rough terrain inside
the chamber, it should look like a cave, a really rough cave. If you look closely, you can see grey and
white material. The white one is still dry and it’s way more
solid than the grey one. So better water your Ytong block for some
hours or overnight, you’ll save a lot of work. The first chamber is ready! This is really a big one, it’s about 4 cm
high. Now I know how big these cave chambers are,
so I’m drilling the wholes for the next two chambers. After finishing the chambers I have drilled
the watering hole, the entrance and exit I cleaned the block under water to get rid of
the fine dust from scraping and drilling. Guys, I’m sorry, I was so engrossed in crafting
this nest I didn’t recogniz the camera went off, so we had to skip these parts. And that’s the result of all this work you
didn’t see. Sorry! There are three giant chambers with a very
rough look, I really like this new design. This is the connection from the middle to
the top and here you can see the watering hole, but later on more. Next step is painting this nest to make it
even more awesome! For the chambers I use mixture of clay and
plaster. One part clay and two parts plaster. I had to much of this clay-plaster mix so
I painted the whole nest. It’s the primer for the next step. For a darker brown look outside, I use a pure
clay water mixture. Let it dry and then paint again to get a more
intense brown. The nest has dried out and is nearly finished. Just the glass is missing. Aquarium silicone is used for the acrylic
glass. Aquarium silicone is way stronger than normal
one and it’s to 100 percent non toxic for your ants. Make sure there is no gap when you apply the
silicone, small ants could find their way through if there is a small whole. Don’t forget to remove the cover foil at one
site from your acrylic glass. Also make sure it’s the right side. Now we need pressure to get this silicone
layer as thin as possible. More pressure. More. Yup. After a night drying under pressure, it’s
time for the best part, removing the last cover foil. I love this! And the new nest is finished! This small tube will be the entrance. This is a small ventilation or an exit or
an ad on for another nest. If the colony grows out of this nest, I can
simply add a second one, or even a third! So, back to the watering hole thing. You see the upper chamber has a special look,
the reason for this is the watering hole. There is only a thin wall between the watering
hole and the upper and middle chamber. I tested the watering system and you can actually
see how the moist spreads out. So yeah, it works. And for a final test I’ve connected it to
the Messor colony’s out world. Look yourself, they really appreciated this
new cave. I really like this new look with light from
both sides, especially for filming this little animals. Here you can see the size difference between
major and minor worker. The majors are really huge ants. If you have a small Messor colony, you can
really look forward for the majors . Thank you so much for watching, I hope you
have enjoyed the video and maybe I could inspire you. Feel free to leave a comment or like and don’t
forget bell icon. Thank you Guys! See you soon!

#1 How to move a queen ant into a test tube? / Királynő kémcsőbe költöztetése – ENGLISH SUB

#1 How to move a queen ant into a test tube? / Királynő kémcsőbe költöztetése – ENGLISH SUB


Let’s see how can we moving a queen ant into a test tube! Here are the ingredients. Here’s the queen, the empty test tube, the hooked wire, and two pieces of cotton wool. Load up the test tube about this level, as you can see, or maybe a little more. Then put one of the cotton wool into the the test tube. It has to close so tightly. Then with the hooked wire – carefully but with smoothly moves push down to the water level. Don’t make any bubbles if it’s possible. This wool will close the water from the queen. And finally you can move in the queen. This is her new home. And with the other wool we can close the tube. It breath a little, so the queen will have enough air inside.