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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ants and the worm, as well as awesome scenes of the colony within the nest. Also, just a note: It’s anting season, and
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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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fire ant queens when laying eggs? Congratulations to Alfonso Lopez who answered: We learned fire ant queens extend
their stinger when laying eggs. Congratulations Alfonso, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
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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
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

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
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!

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
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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
yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now and hit ALL so you get notified at
every upload, because sometimes Youtube breaks and doesn’t send out notifications, but
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
in the Phoenix Empire’s future? 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
we upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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ANT SOLDIERS?! | My NEW Pheidole Noda Colony!

ANT SOLDIERS?! | My NEW Pheidole Noda Colony!


Hi guys, it’s Ants Britania and today, I’m going to be showing you my brand new Pheidole Noda colony So I’m holding this colony currently in a small Tupperware container that came with some Chinese food It was all I had at the time when they arrived so it’s just a temporary out world for them to explore and to get food as you can see I’ve put a Small piece small bit of Vaseline around the entry hole I’ve dropped food in and stuff at the top But guys I’m gonna be moving them into a Plaster form aquarium, which I made a couple videos ago If you want to check that out, I’ll leave a link below in the description Okay and for the foraging area or out. Well. I’m using this glass kind of aquarium It’s got two holes either side entry holes and on the top It’s got a frame, which has Vaseline underneath the lip of it. It’s also got a Nice lid which has some fine mesh on the on the top which is needed because these ants are escape artists Okay guys I’m gonna start by hydrating the plaster nest this will create a sense of humidity inside the nest Which will encourage the ants to head into the nest? Also, I’m going to cut out some red film and lay it over the top And for warming up the nest guys, I’m going to use a komodo seven watt heat map I’ll leave it a link in the description below if you want to check it out Okay now it’s time to get these guys in the foraging area and get the container open and get them moving in I Seem to struggle to get the lid off so I decided to just take the top off of the the container and Put it into the out world because loads about coming out and biting me So I decided to just drop it straight away into the out world and remove the lid slowly but carefully and As when I’ve done that I put the lid back on and I gave the out some time to just calm down So guys I’m trying to isolate the test-tube here We’re trying to get it out the container and put it into the foraging area This is this will make it a lot easier to move the test room around if I need to at the moment It’s quite difficult to get access to the colony while they’re in this kind of container Yes, we finally got the test tube out with a little drop Don’t worry. The Allens are very resilient They have like an exoskeleton, which means their skeleton is on the outside body so it can take a little drop like that So as I tipped the container upside down to try and tap in the remaining ounce I tapped in a lot of their rubbish so here. You can just see me cleaning up any like all get crickets old ants Picking them up and chuck them in a little little pot got by the side So guys after an hour the first Anne has gone into the nest and he started laying chemical trail and Before you know it other hands have followed his chemical trail and entered the nest as well With the increase in activity around the test tube and around the nest it seems like the ants are starting to mobilize with Some encouragement from the light from my phone it will speed up the process over the move As you can see here the ants are starting to move their brood from the test-tube They are obviously sensing that there is a better alternative elsewhere The colony starts to rush into the nest they’re trying to take shelter from the beaming light from my phone And Before you know it the whole colony has moved into the nest and As you can see here the Queen is sitting comfortably in her new plaster former carrier After a week had passed guys the ants have settled in really well to the into their place the nest They’ve even brought some sand from the foraging area into the nest to kind of make it bit me home a bit more comfortable Just a small fun fact for you guys In this small chamber here, we can see the Queen She is a lot larger than the other ants in the colony. The small ones are the workers. They as you can see here They’re tending to the brood, but the real guardians are the soldiers Now these guys will defend the colony from any threat. Whether it be human or ant? So these girls are doing really well They’ve got a huge pile of brood you can see here, and they’re always active they’re always going in and out of the foraging area gathering food and gathering sand like I explained earlier and They’re lovely So speaking of gathering food and suppliers I think it’s time to feed or answer some honey water So our first customer emerges and as expected She’s drinking a lot of that honey water and she’s filling up her social stomach So now she’s gonna make her journey back to the nest to tell all of her sisters about what she has found And Before you know it More and more ants are coming in to have a drink of the honey water to fill up their social stomachs as well Now it’s time to feed them a cricket this worker is already showing some real interest in this food And With a repeat of the same process she would have gone back and told her sisters and as you can see here Even a soldier has come to enjoy the feast So guys I hope you like my new if they don’t know the colony I Absolutely love this colony. I love the soldiers. I love how they’re absolutely fearless and those defend the nest against anything even myself And I can’t wait to make another future kind of update video About these guys just to show you guys how they’re getting on But if you can if you guys can’t wait for the next video I do record my ants on my Instagram and my facebook So if you want to kind of keep up today slightly with my colonies and myself Be sure to go over to Instagram Facebook and give us a little follow So these girls are not native to the UK They’re actually native to Southeast Asia and kind of China region so I had to buy them from an online ad store and I bought them from British and calm so if you guys have a Bit of spare time be sure to go and check them out. I’ll leave a link below in the description if You guys haven’t seen it already I uploaded a video last week showing off my other new ant colony from Southeast Asia My trap-jaw ant’s so if you’ve got some extra spare time be sure to go and check out that video So guys, I hope you enjoyed this video. It’s always a pleasure making these videos for you guys I’ve always loved for winning my aunt’s and my how to make kind of former carrion videos So if you like this if you like my content be sure to hit the subscribe button to join the colony and click the blue ant to check out my videos and to see my channel and to keep up with my Weekly uploads because I upload every weekend get the Bell one button as well Okay, guys. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week

FIRE ANTS REACT TO THEIR FIRST MEALWORM | ‘NEWBIE’ FIRE ANTS

FIRE ANTS REACT TO THEIR FIRST MEALWORM | ‘NEWBIE’ FIRE ANTS


Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Phoenix Empire,
this 4 week old fire ant colony. Sure, they don’t look like much of an Empire at the
moment, but believe you me, these pioneering fire ants are set to become a great ant kingdom
of immense power and conquest! But in order to get there, the Phoenix Empire here will
need to be resourceful, work together, care for one another, and most of all, collect
all the right foods to nourish the queen and the growing colony! And so today, our fire ants are in for a treat,
as they discover for the very first time, what meat tastes like! Welcome to the AntsCanada
Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to the channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! They don’t know it yet, but today is a very
big day for these fire ants. They’re going to get a taste of meat, and even make their
first contact with live prey. Their reaction may surprise you so keep on watching until
the end. Within this test tube we have our humble team:
We have the pioneering generation of fire ant workers, known as the nanitics. The nanitics
work fastidiously, licking clean and organizing all the brood: eggs, larvae, and pupae. And
of course, giving birth to all these ants is the great and mighty queen, the sole egg-layer
of the colony. By the way, guys, our Queen here awaits for
us to name her. Please take the time to vote here for her official name, and I trust you
will make it a good one! Thank you, AC Council for your input. Now guys, look at how amazing this queen is.
Even with workers all around her, she still takes it upon herself to do her part, at helping
raise the young. Here she feeds this larva through trophallaxis, regurgitating what’s
left of her self-made soup, manufactured from her own body tissues. It’s kinda like ant
breast milk, but she’s definitely running dry on it now, as it pretty much substantiated
this entire colony into being. But I find it awesome that the queen is still working
even though she doesn’t have to. Another cool thing! See those little black
rock-like things on the cotton? Those are called meconia. They’re fecal pellets, excreted
by the larvae. So get this! Ant larvae don’t poop for their entire lives, except right
before they become a pupa. From birth, a larva’s food waste collects inside the larva’s body
creating a pellet, a meconium, which is excreted right before pupation, as a neat, compact,
slow-to-mold packet of poop. Can you imagine only pooing once as a kid right before teenagehood,
and it being so compact that it’s rock hard? Welcome to ant infancy, or should I say inf-ANT-cy!
Haha! Ok, moving on… Now the Phoenix Empire here is on a very important
mission at this stage. Their goal: to grow the colony as big as possible, as quickly
as possible! In nature, only the largest and fastest-growing fire ant colonies survive,
and to do that, they’ll need some serious food collection! Last week, we gave them their very first taste
of sweet honey, which the workers gobbled up and distributed to the entire colony through
trophallaxis. It was a beautiful moment to witness. Since then, I’ve been feeding the
colony bits of sweet jelly, which you can actually see through the semi-transparent
bodies of the larvae. Now although these sugary foods provide the
colony with all the essential energy needed to work hard towards their goals, what these
ants are really looking for now is meat! Protein will be the real game changer, and
help the colony truly explode in population. Protein helps the queen produce more eggs,
and helps the larvae grow much faster. And so AC Family, it’s time to give the ants
what they’re looking for. Let’s give them some prey! Behold! What you see here is what will be
the newest addition to their living space. It’s an AC Test Tube Portal from our shop
at AntsCanada.com, a very useful piece of equipment for feeding young ant colonies like
the Phoenix Empire. Though it looks complicated, it’s basically the Phoenix Empire’s new
feeding pit! I’ll need to plug up three of the four holes. And this last hole will
accommodate this test tube adapter with a tiny hole to act as the colony’s new nest
entrance. Don’t worry! You’ll understand once we’ve connected the ants to the setup. And now it’s time to move in their dinner!
This baby mealworm. It’s been pre-crushed to make consumption easier for the ants, and
hang on, all you guys wanting to see the bloodbath of a live mealworm feeding, don’t worry.
You’ll see what the fire ants do to a living mealworm in a little bit. So pre-crushing and splitting the mealworm
so its guts spill out increases the chances of the nanitics getting the goods. It isn’t
recommended feeding a prey item that might injure the nanitics, because at this crucial
point every worker matters and any ants killed during battle hurts the chances of colony
success. OK, so let’s unleash the ants! The plan
was to remove the cotton blocker from the colony’s test tube and attach the test tube
end to this test tube adapter. I did this as quickly and carefully as I could. Done!
Let’s watch! It took a few seconds before curious nanitics
began to wander out onto the bridge of the adapter and finally into the great feeding
chamber. The mealworm lay fresh in its juices. I am certain the ants could smell it. One brave ant steps onto the floor and makes
its way to the mealworm. Oop! The ant smells the carcass and at first shies away, but soon
starts to dine. Excited, it makes its way back to the colony leaving a pheromonal trail,
leading the other ants to the mealworm booty! It wasn’t long before word spread to the
entire colony and ants were all over the mealworm chowing down on the delicious mealworm guts. Back in the test tube, the queen and workers
were getting excited. I’m sure the queen was eager to have her first taste of that
tender mealworm meat! The workers eventually attempted to carry
back the entire mealworm to the nest, but they had problems manoeuvering the mealworm
so they eventually decided to just leave it there and dine on location. Hey, cut them
some slack. They’re noobs! Minutes later, the colony had all returned
to the nest and were busy distributing all the meat they’d consumed, regurgitating
it up for the larvae to eat, which I’m sure they loved! I mean, have a look at this larva
which continued to swallow well after the worker had fed it! And of course, our royal highness too was
fed by her loving workers. And just like that, the colony had consumed their very first protein
meal, which will offer the colony the building blocks they need to explode in population. Several days after this meal, the colony was
nursing a brand new bigger pile of brood: there were more eggs, larvae, and pupae now
thanks to the mealworm meat. More workers had been born. It was awesome to see the colony
so fruitful and prolific! Now if you’re wondering how the Phoenix
Empire would react to a living mealworm, yes, I tried it, but I knew exactly what would
happen. The workers cowered away. They were terrified of it and wanted nothing to do with
the moving mealworm. Again, these are noobs, and I don’t think the aggression so typical
of regular fire ants has kicked in at this point. I feel once the Phoenix Empire grows
in numbers, and this new generation of fire ants, which will be larger and more strongly
built due to being better nourished, will start to outnumber and replace the frail and
timid nanitics, we’ll start to see that savage fire ant aggression we all know and
love… or hate! I truly appreciate that a lot of you guys
seem to enjoy watching the evolution and progress of this fire ant colony from its genesis,
its humble beginnings. I really care about these ants, even if they’re not much at
the moment. Regardless, it’s great that we can watch together as this young fire ant
colony rises to become the mighty empire we know they’re going to be one day soon. And until then, I’ll be sure to film the
entire fire ant journey, and with your help, usher the Phoenix Empire to become the greatest
ant colony in the Antiverse. Thank you for watching! It’s ant love forever! AC Family, isn’t the Phoenix Empire awesome?
I think I laughed when I saw that the nanitics wouldn’t dare touch the living mealworm.
But knowing fire ants, that behaviour’s going to change real quick! So much is in
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chowing down on their mealworm meat. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
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