ANTCUBE Ameisenarenen – Arena für Ameisen

ANTCUBE Ameisenarenen – Arena für Ameisen


Hi Guys, do you love to play with such Clamps, too? Everything fits together perfectly. That was exactly the idea for our ANCUBE Arenas. Which Arena sizes and designs are available? First of all we have three sizes of cubes: 10x10x10, 20x20x20 and 30x30x30 cm For more space, the arenas are also available in double length and height. Then there are the flat Arena versions. The flat arena version has better accessibility to the ground. Or you let decoration stick out. The 10 and 20cm depth Arenas have 27mm hole for 3/4 inch … … or M25 screw connection. So you can put together Arenas with the same depth perfectly. The 30cm deep arenas have 50mm holes for larger colonies. We also offer Arenas with the hole centered in the middle hight. These are intended for half-filled with soil applications. Here the ants can dig free. In this case you cn look very well into the nest from below. In addition tu that there is the center design. The center cube has an additional 13 mm holes on the side for feeding. But here is the danger that pets or children accidentally open the formicarium. These here are The “Combi Arenas”. A compact design with integrated farm / nest area. You can fill it with Sand loam for example. When using nestin inserts from cork, plaster or Digfix… You can see this little 8mm gap. This is because these are the same Nests which we made for our ant farms. So you have to fill this gap with clay or something or something similar. All arenas are expandable and have two holes. We have suitable grid-caps and plugs With our different Connectors you can add additional arenas or farms. Here some examples: A Formicarium plug is used for easy closing. If you want to provide ventilation, you can use a grid insert. Use a basin hose connector to connect a tube to the arena. You can also connect several arenas together. We have transparent connections. And many other special connectors. Usually, you would stay at one of the three arena depths 10, 20 or 30cm. But sometimes you want to switch between sizes. This is an example between the size 10 and 20cm. Both have a 27mm hole. But the 30cm Arenas have 50mm holes. So if you want to connect a 27mm hole with a 50mm hole, … … you can simply use a Formicarium plug 50mm with a 27mm cutout. Now you have 27mm holes on both sides. Now you can connect it easy. But there are many other options that we will show you in a separate video. Of course there is alos a frame avalible for every arena size. You can coat the frame from below with escape protection oil, lacquer or powder. Now the Ants are no longer able to walk along the frame. If it is secured this way, you can even keep ants in an open Setup. The Arena covers have 50 mm holes We have suitable lamps, fans, humidifiers, mesh inserts and plugs for all of our covers. As decoration or to hide a heating mat… … we also offer different Photo Backgrounds for different habitats. We were often asked what the difference to a terrarium or aquarium is The first thing you notice is the side holes for the expansion options. An aquarium or terrarium is normally not expandable. In addition, the glass bonds are special. It is transparent, not black, as is often the case with aquariums and terrariums. You can see very well whether ants crawl up the corners. There is no silicone bead inside. Aquariums need them so that they can take the water pressure. Here is hardly any silicone between the glass so that the corners are very close. Some species could bite through wide seams. Our edges are also finer deburred than in an aquarium. Which results in a more precise finish on Top. Everything is as tight as possible. On the Top edge the Arena have a rubber coating. This creates a tight and sealed fit… wich prevents the Ants from escaping. Hey, lets have a look from an Ant perspective. I am in the middle of the colony.The Ants are running around wild here. And from this perspective you can see the breakout protection frame quite well. In this case it is coated with powder. I am not be able to climb up there, And the Ants should not be able, too. Now it is a little to crowded in here.
I get out of here. I hope this was a useful overview to you about the different ANTCUBE Ant arenas. Thanks for watching see you next time!

ANTSTORE – Biosphäre Potsdam – Planung einer Ameisenanlage – Teil 1

ANTSTORE – Biosphäre Potsdam – Planung einer Ameisenanlage – Teil 1


Hello and welcome. Today we are at the biosphere in Potsdam. We were asked to plan construct and build an Ant Setup For this tropical indoor world. So that the visitors can explore The Antworld. Join us on this Projekt. “Good morning, Mr. Sebesta, nice to have you here. Welcome to the biosphere.” Martin: “Hello, nice to meet you. Let’s take a look!” This is our first visit and now we will find a good location for the ants together with the customer. We will probably choose Leafcutter Ants for this project because of the Perfect climatic conditions. Its so hot I’ll take my jacket off right away. Leafcutter Ants are also very interesting to watch for the visitors, when they carry the Leaf pieces. I think that will be the right choice. But I’m going to discuss that now. “Hello.” Martin: “It looks wonderful in here.
What inspired you to keep Ants and what is your vision.” Mrs. Hüerkamp: “In the summer we had an exhibition on the topic of” bees… …wich are eusocial insects. The second idea to This was to show Ants. Ants are very well known for their, and the best example for the eusocial form of existenz. Ants are also in a real rainforest so we wanted some for ours too. You can also learn a lot from these animals social structure and working together. We also have the optimal habitat for Ants to live here. We also have the opportunity to build upwards Very high. So a Big Setup would be awesome.” Martin: “So in your case I would suggest Leafcutter ants from South America. Exotic and very active animals that can build large colonies. …a lot to see for the visitors. The climate is like in the natural environment. We could have several small ant arenas spread out… …so that there is something to see everywhere. So let’s take a look at the Suggested spot.” Ms. Hüerkamp: “I like the Idea Leafcutter Ants, … … because you can watch them well when they carry their Leaves. And if our visitors could see that too, it would be great. So lets go down into the jungle. ” Ms. Hüerkamp: “From here you could build straight up to the Platform. And here we have space for an ant arena. Can the ants reach this 6m height? Martin: “We could go along this tree.” Mrs. Hüerkamp: “That should work.” Martin: “How much space do we have down here? ” Mrs. Hüerkamp: “We can choose a location and then speak to the gardener.” Gardener: “So every large plant like a palm or a tree I can not move… … But we can put the little plants somewhere else.” Martin: “We also have the option to place the Ant Arena on logs, to use as little space of the plants as possible. And up here we could build a platform With multiple chambers. Here is a sketch. We could use 20 and 30cm Cubes in here. We connect all the different sections,
so the Ants can choose on their own Fungus and waste chambers. Let’s mesure this height… 1.6 Meters The Formicarium itself can be placed on an 30cm or 40cm High Base. ” Ms. Hüerkamp: “Yes, that’s great, even small children can look inside that way.” Martin: “If you ever have to collect one of these ants, you can carefully lift them up with your Fingers. With this species you don’t have worry to hurt the Ants because they have a strong exoskeleton. So you can easily put the Ants back. This species is not toxic and cannot hurt you either. Martin: “Okay, I wrote down all dimensions and important details, we keep in touch. Thank you.” Ms. Hüerkamp: “Yes, great, I’m looking forward to your ideas. We will definitely have a great implementation which will impress us and the visitors.” “All right, bye.” So there is really a lot to discover here, let’s take a look. Now I have to finish planning the construction Setup. We’re going to build something awesome here. Stay tuned.

My Cockroach Farm

My Cockroach Farm


Greetings, AC Family! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. If you have a fascination for nature, you’re
in the right place. On this channel, we take a look at the amazing
world of ants, and even explore pet ant keeping, as a hobby. But did you know that a big part of keeping
pet ant colonies, for most people, also involves keeping colonies of other insects? Today, for a change, we will turn our attention
from the ant colonies we all love on this channel, and turn our inquiring eyes toward
the colonies of insects our ants depend on for food. This week, we go from ants, to cockroaches! Feeder cockroaches, that is! Cockroaches, though repulsive to many people
throughout the world, are our ants’ favourite protein food source, and are actually quite
fascinating creatures in their own right. Today we take a look at the two species of
feeder roaches that I breed as food to our 4 ant colonies on this channel, and explore
what their cockroach societies are like. They happen to be two of the most popular
feeder cockroaches for ant colonies and other insect-eating exotic pets. You won’t want to miss all of this amazing
cockroach info ahead, so keep watching until the end. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s put away that
bug spray and explore why cockroaches are also some of the coolest of insects, not just
as ant food, in this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel! And hit the bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Cockroaches, they’re perhaps the most notorious
and hated of all domestic insect pests, even more so than ants. They’re associated with being avid carriers
of germs, disease, bacteria, and more. But you may be surprised to know that cockroaches
which belong to the order called Blattodea, are comprised of about 4,600 species and only
30 of these 4,600 species of cockroaches are human house pests. The rest live out in forests, jungles, and
other habitats away from human homes. The two species of cockroaches that I feed
to my ants, which we will look at today, are examples of such non-pest cockroach species. First, presenting my Dubia Roach colony, scientific
name Blaptica dubia. These large cockroaches grow to about 4 to
4.5 cm in length. Their exoskeletons are strong, and the ants
aren’t able to eat them. You can tell the adult males and females apart
because adult males have huge wings while females have what are called tegmina, which
are small wing stubs. Though the males have fully developed wings
as adults, they rarely ever fly. If dropped from a high altitude they could
use the wings to direct their landing but don’t actually take off like most true flying
insects do. Juveniles, as seen here, have a mottled brown
colour. These roaches love to eat fruits. I offer a variety of different juicy fruits. The cockroaches are able to acquire all the
moisture they need from these juicy fruits. I do my best to offer them a variety, because
as you know, your pets are what their food eats, and any nutrients the cockroaches take
in through their diet, ultimately ends up in the bellies of our ants, so gut-loading
the cockroaches using a varied diet is a must. Now, one of the annoying things, we here in
the tropics need to deal with though, are wild ants mooching off the cockroaches’ food
supplies. If you look carefully you will see wild ghost
ants drinking from this orange slice. Hmmm… And here you’ll find a wild black crazy ant. Perhaps I should try applying baby powder
on the outside of these cockroach enclosures. Check out the pattern and colours of the undersides
of these Dubia roaches! I find they’re actually quite attractive up
close. I love watching them eat. If you look carefully at their faces, you’ll
notice that their eyes actually wrap around the entire side of their head. This helps them avoid predators. As a lover of all insects, it is always hard
for me to feed these guys to the ants, but I do know the ants do acquire some great protein
from them. I just make sure to crush them swiftly prior
to feeding to lessen their suffering. Some of you who have seen our previous videos
involving feedings may notice that the cockroaches still move despite being pre-crushed and this
is because nervous cells called ganglia run along the center of their body, which is why
even if you completely decapitate a roach, they are still capable of movement. I usually feed these adults to the Fire Nation,
as the fire ants are able to benefit from their high meat content, as well as penetrate
their exoskeletons effectively. The Fire Nation can fully consume the meat
of 1 adult Dubia roach in a matter of a few hours. One of the most viewed videos on this channel
involved the Fire Nation consuming an adult female cockroach that gave birth while it
was being devoured. In that video you see the babies being born,
and they’re stark white in colour. Newborn Dubia roaches are white, like these
nymphs here. These must have just been born a few hours
ago. Aren’t they cute? What’s interesting about Dubia roaches is
that they are live bearers. A female Dubia roach will give birth to an
egg sack and then pull this egg sack back inside herself and incubate the eggs until
babies emerge, a process called ovoviviparity. A female can give birth to 20-40 live young
at a time. These young shed their skin 7 times, growing
25% each time before reaching adulthood. This sub-adult here is whitish in colour because
it had just molted. As the exoskeleton hardens, it will darken
to its normal brownish cryptic colour. What’s amazing is these roaches can live up
to 2 yrs! They actually make interesting pets, but I
do my best not to get too attached, because after all, they are our ant colonies’ beef! Guys, should we name them? Leave your suggestions in the comments section! Or would giving them an official name make
them harder to feed to our ants. Haha! Now while these large Dubia roaches here are
live bearing cockroaches, and don’t lay eggs, our next colony of roaches actually do lay
egg sacs. Meet Blatta lateralis, Turkistan Cockroaches,
often called red runners due to their quick speed. In the pet trade, they are simply known as
“lats”. These are a smaller species of cockroach. Adult males have wings, just like the Dubias,
but unlike the Dubias, the males are known to actively fly. The females are wingless and are a gorgeous
crimson brown colour. Females lay an egg sac known as an ootheca. Look at these Oothecae laying here. From these will hatch little tiny cockroach
nymphs. I was lucky enough to catch one female in
the process of birthing an ootheca. Check it out! You can actually see her as she contracts
her abdomen muscles to lay the eggs into the open end of the ootheca. This process of depositing eggs into the ootheca
will continue over several hours and she will continue to carry this ootheca with her for
awhile afterwards, until she zips up the open end and drops it. I find the ootheca to look kind of like a
purse. Soon when the babies are ready to emerge,
the ootheca much like a purse will open up from the top and the baby lats will be born. I feed these lats to the Golden Empire, the
Dark Knights, and our new trap-jaw ant colony, the Jawbreakers. Their exoskeletons are a bit softer and are
easier to get into than the Dubias. So what do you say? What should we name this roach colony? Leave your answer in the comments section! Now the only thing I don’t like about this
species of cockroach is they expel a very pungent and gross defensive odour when alarmed
and at times it can be pretty strong. I just hold my breath every time I have to
reach into their enclosure to feed them to our ants. As far as housing goes for both species, I
keep them in a plastic bin full of egg cartons and toilet paper rolls. The environments must be kept relatively dry
to keep mold from growing. I feed them a mix of veggies and fruit and
also offer them dog kibble. Their enclosures must be kept clean at all
times because they can get messy especially when the droppings collect. I feel cockroaches are pretty fantastic creatures
and the more you get to know them, the less disgusting they seem, and the more fascinating
they become. Some people keep these, as well as other cockroach
species as pets. So what do you think? Do you think keeping cockroaches are as cool
as keeping pet ants? If you decide to keep pet ants, perhaps you
might consider feeder roaches, too, as an alternative to crickets, mealworms, and superworms? They also happen to be more nutritious for
ants than those aforementioned. Hope you enjoyed this week’s video AC Family! It’s ant love, and just for this week, roach
love forever! AC Family, were you grossed out or did you
find these cockroaches to be cool? For you AC Inner Colony members, I’ve placed
a hidden cookie for you here, if you would just like to watch the cockroaches in this
video doing their thing with less narration. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
week. In last week’s AC Question of the Week, we
asked: What does “pantropical” mean? Congratulations to Omar Salloum who correctly
answered: pantropical means: distributed throughout
the tropics Congratulations Omar you just won a free ebook
handbook from our shop! For this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is the technical term
for a cockroach’s egg sac? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ant t-shirt from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel, give
it a thumbs up, share, and leave me a comment if you liked this video. Remember that we release a new ant video every
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What Queen Ants To Look Out For Right Now (May 30th, 2018)

What Queen Ants To Look Out For Right Now (May 30th, 2018)


Welcome, AC Family to ANT BITE WEDNESDAYS,
covering the world of ants as they relate to global news, social media, and ant keeping. I’m here to fill you in on what queen ants
to look out for right now if you’re living in North America. If you’re not from North America, stay tuned
I’ll also let you know how to find out what is flying in your continent. This past weekend, I was shocked to meet so
many of you AC Family in Ontario, Canada at our first AntsCanada meet & greet, hence my
hoarse voice today. The ant love was incredible! You came in with ant shirts, test tubes, and
ant costumes! You even brought in queen ants of your own
and were eager to chat about the happenings of the Antiverse. This opened my eyes as to how many of you
actually are into ant keeping and not just watching videos about ants. So, if this is you and you’re a starting ant
keeper, head outside now in the afternoons and keep your eyes on the ground! Right now is the ultimate season for Camponotus
ants, also known as carpenter ants! When you spot a queen ant, place her into
a proper test tube setup, keep her in the dark, and she should start laying eggs for
you in a few days. So many of you have been tweeting me photos
of queen ants you’ve captured asking for an ID and indeed 95% of them are Camponotus ants. I love Camponotus ants because they are large
so they’re quite easy to observe with the naked eye, polymorphic, meaning they have
super majors after about the hundredth worker point, and they are relatively easy to keep. The one downside of this genus though is that
they are slow-growing. Instead of the four week development from
egg to adult worker, it takes 8 weeks, and the queen takes periodic egg-laying breaks. It usually takes two years before you start
to see impressive numbers, but as is essential to ant keeping, patience is a virtue! Be sure to watch our Camponotus Care tutorial
here, with a more in depth look at the genus and their care. In fact, that is an entire playlist to all
my ant tutorials with a full range of helpful ant keeping tips. For those of you who don’t live in North America,
this video will also show you guys in Europe, Australia, and Asia, what ants may be flying
right now in your area! Depending on your location, there are other
species of ants also commonly flying now in North America other than Camponotus, and I
list them there in that video. Did you manage to catch a queen ant yet? If so, let us know in the comments section
the species and your location, so the rest of us AC Family near you, can keep our eyes
peeled! Especially for those of you in South America
and Africa, as I don’t have much data on nuptial flights in these continents! Just a reminder that we also have a tonne
of ant keeping gear at AntsCanada.com for you guys to check out, including specially
made test tubes for queen ants, and a complete e-book handbook guide on ant keeping. And that is today’s Ant Bite Wednesday. See you guys again for this Saturday’s big
episode featuring some alien colonists! It’s ant love forever! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family!

Why The World Hates Fire Ants


I feel most people either find ants gross
or even fear them, while others don’t even notice them, and some even hate them, especially
fire ants! But let me tell you, as ant keeper of many
years now, every single day, I am reminded of how epic and mind-blowing ants really are,
and most especially fire ants. So today I wanted to take you on a journey,
for a more intimate and deeper look into my tiny city of fire ants, whom you guys have
voted to be called The Fire Nation, and show you just how miraculous ant life truly is,
by using fire ants, perhaps the most hated ants of all as our subjects. We’ll even get to meet the most important
member of the ant colony who has been there since the genesis of this now massive ant
colony – the queen. You won’t want to miss this incredible ant
tour so keep on watching until the end. AC Family, let’s gather round my ant room
for another epic session of ant watching, and see what the world doesn’t know about
the secret lives of these creatures called fire ants, why they are hated globally, and
what it is truly like to live as an ant within the colony, along with our royal highness,
in this info-packed episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Get ready to be mind-blown! Who needs nature shows. Just watch this channel. Enjoy! People ask me why I am so crazy about ants. After all, they’re pests, especially these
fire ants, which most of the world loathes. Well, I see things a little differently. First of all, not all ants are household pests,
but for this video, let’s focus in on fire ants. I get why people hate them. They appear in huge numbers, eat our food,
leave us with painful stings, cause short circuits in our equipment, and during floods,
they even survive by forming massive rafts to float on water. Not even water, can kill fire ants! These fire ants that you see here, like most
fire ants are a very invasive species, and many countries including the US and quite
recently countries like Japan have put such fire ants on their “biohazard list of pest
species to quarantine”. The Fire Nation here is a species known in
the scientific world as Solenopsis geminata, and let me tell you, it is super famous, or
should I say infamous, because it has successfully invaded pretty much all of the world’s tropical
and subtropical countries. It’s hard to find a tropical place in the
world that hasn’t been conquered by these ladies. In the USA, these girls, as well as the more
prolific species, their cousins Solenopsis invicta have invaded and become the source
of many problems in human populated areas. Now when I say “invaded” it means these ants
somehow were introduced to a given area and spread like wildfire (no pun intended) colonizing
and establishing themselves in that place. Now the reason why this process of invading
can be a bad thing for an area, is because like most animal and plant invaders, what
happens is the invading species becomes a competitor to native species and can displace
them, destroy them, and/or even overconsume resources like food. Essentially, when you have an invasive species
of any animal or plant move into a new place, it affects the entire ecosystem of that area. In the case of the Philippines, where I live,
where the queen of this colony was collected, these fire ants invaded many years ago and
today mostly occupy cities, and luckily have not wiped out the native ants which now generally
tend to stay outside of the cities, at least for now. Locals here are used to seeing fire ants in
homes and know to stay clear of them because they sting. But in places like the US, fire ants have
become a major agricultural pest, killing native ants and contibuting to the destruction
of important crops due to their tendancy to tend plant-destroying aphids as a food source,
aside from their nuissance as stinging house pests. But what makes fire ants such destructive
forces of nature throughout the world? To better understand fire ants, you have to
look at where they came from. The dangerous fire ant species the world hates,
originated from South America. Let’s go there! It’s amazing to think that the jungles of
South America helped create through evolution these highly adaptive, prolific, and destructive
ant machines known as Fire Ants! The terrain there is very diverse and hostile,
a habitat full of predators, extreme climate, lots and lots of rain, and just full of many
other ants, insects, and creatures competing for the same resources. In the jungles of South America, survival
of the fittest certainly applies! So it’s no wonder that evolution and natural
selection helped give rise to the ever impactiful fire ant. No wonder they produce so quickly, in such
huge numbers, have the power to destroy ecosystems, deliver such painful stings, and even are
capable of floating on water during floods. Their native place of origin made them that
way! In fact, a lot of the world’s problematic
and invasive species of ant originated in South America, like argentine ants and rasberry
crazy ants. But the next question is, how then did they
get around and migrate to other parts of the world? Did they develop airlines, too? Well, believe it or not. That’s not too far from the truth. We humans flew them, sailed them, drove them,
and cargoed them around the world. The export of plants from South America in
the plant trade, as well as any cargo for that matter, including produce, all contributed
to the worldwide spread of Fire Ants. They actually migrated to other parts of the
world via trojan horses and are still doing it to this day. There really is no way of stopping them. Governments now try inspection and some even
spraying of all items entering a country. During a recent trip to Borneo, I was surprised
to learn Malaysian government requires all planes to be sprayed with pesticide prior
to landing, and they asked all of us to simply cover our noses while flight staff fumigated
the entire cabin. But even then, after all the precautions,
all it takes is one single pregnant queen ant hiding somewhere to start an entire massive
and growing ant colony in a new place. And speaking of a single pregnant queen ant,
back to my ant room. Let’s meet our Royal Highness, shall we? Here lies the entrance of what you guys have
called the Blaze Maze, a recently installed AC Hybrid Nest 2.0, our newest flagship formicarium
available at AntsCanada.com, and the Fire Nation here has made it their new lair. Opening it up, right at the heart of the Blaze
Maze is a mass grouping of worker ants, and if you look closely you will see deep inside
the mass of worker ants is the queen. She is bigger, and wow check out her completely
bloated gaster, just full of eggs. The technical term for this condition of gaster
bloating due to eggs is “physogastrism”. Now in a previous video, we mentioned that
this queen lays many eggs every few minutes, and one of you guys wrote to me asking how
this was possible seeing as, if she was constantly laying eggs every couple of minutes, that
would be some pretty fast egg development inside her. Well, what I failed to mention in that video
was that she isn’t always laying eggs. In many species of ants, the queen has egg-laying
seasons, periods where she will be popping eggs out like crazy, as seen here. This queen of ours is in her egg-laying period. But there are also times when she is not laying
eggs, and is simply producing more eggs within her. It seems in our video from a few weeks ago,
you guys spotted the queen dashing away from our camera, but if you look closely at her,
her gaster was not as physogastric, not as large as it is now. So at that time, our queen was in her egg-laying
break period. She also didn’t have as many ants completely
clamouring all around her at that time like we see here. For those of you who keep ants in North America,
Europe, Australia, and other temperate regions, you will also notice these egg-laying breaks
througout the year and throughout all of winter time. Now, AC Family, are you ready to be mind-blown? What is truly miraculous is how these fertilized
eggs are created inside the queen, and to learn about that, let’s go back to two years
ago when this queen was still a virgin. So at some point in our queen’s life, she
belonged to another nest of another mature colony somewhere here in the Philippines. She was born with wings, from another founding
queen of her birth colony. Now during mating season prior to rainy season,
she emerged from her birth nest, took off into the air along with all her fellow queen
sisters, and so too did her winged brothers. So get this, in this massive one month a year
event, called the “Nuptial Flight” all fire ant colonies’ virgin queens and males of her
species throughout all of the Philippines took to the air at the same time, and engaged
in a huge mating session. Can you believe it? Every year, completely by instinct, biological
clock, and cues from weather, the fire ants throughout the country release a specific
pheromone which floats through the air to signal all fire ant reproductives to fly in
this Nuptial Flight month, a yearly ritual that has remained unchanged for millions and
millions of years, and this is how it happens for almost every ant species in the world. Every species has their given Nuptial Flight
season in the year, and the ants fly and mate in the same way. So our queen, after having mated with several
male ants, who by the way, die after mating, dropped to the ground and broke off her wings. Can you imagine that after using her flight
equipment, she no longer needs it so it is completely discarded. Talk about body mutilation! Then she proceeded to start her own colony
somewhere else, and as she was wandering around, she was captured and cared for, and eventually
ended up in my ant room to start her own growing ant colony, which became what you guys now
know as the Fire Nation. It’s amazing to think that this massive ant
colony started with just this single queen ant? And what’s even more amazing? Just that one day of mating was enough to
allow her to produce fertilized eggs for her entire life which could span multiple decades! Yes, she has a special organ in her body called
a spermatheca which keeps all that sperm collected during Nuptial Flight viable, and she releases
each sperm cell to fertilize one egg inside her for years and years to come. Talk about the perfect ant-manufacturing machine! It just blows my mind how amazing this queen
ant is. By the way, guys, now that the Hybrid Nest
allows us to actually see her and check up on her periodically, should we give this queen
a name? AC Family, leave your name suggestions for
our Royal Highness in the comments section and I will choose my favourites for the entire
AC Family to vote on in a future video. So once an egg is laid, one of these worker
ants grabs it and proceeds to place it in an egg pile somewhere in the nest. All these eggs will be workers, except prior
to Nuptial Flight season where some of the eggs become alates, i.e. reproductive queens
and males. When the eggs hatch, the larvae are transported
to a larva room, a sort of nursery where they are fed and constantly licked clean by the
workers. The workers who are all their sisters feed
the larvae via trophallaxis, a process where they essentially regurgitate stored food within
their crop, or social stomach. Food which was put deposited there from either
a previous meal, or via trophallaxis from a fellow sister worker ant. Tropallaxis is a great way for ants to distribute
food to one another so that only a few ants ever have to leave the nest to physically
find and eat the food in its raw form. Everyone else just stays home and waits for
the food to be delivered. Eventually these larvae grow and become pupae
and are then placed into a pupae incubation chamber where they are allowed to develop
into adult ants. By the way, these chambers for eggs, larvae,
and pupae, are always changing in location depending on ideal environmental conditions
for each stage. Usually the most humid rooms are delegated
for eggs and larvae, while the warmest rooms are for pupae. Some species of ants will even bring their
pupae to the upper most portions of their ant hills in order to “bake” the pupae under
the sun’s heat to speed up development of the pupae into adult worker ants. The faster ants can get the young to adulthood,
the better because a larger work force means greater survival rate for the ant colony. And that AC Family, is the miracle of ant
life. Can you see why ant lovers like myself are
crazy about ants? They are just mind-blowing creatures designed
to survive and proliferate efficiently in their extensive undeground cities. Though most of the world might dislike ants,
they still are pretty amazing creatures, essential to the environment and important for our survival. They are vital predators, decomposers, pollinators,
seed-distributers, and prey items in ecosystems around the world. And now the next time you see an ant, you
know where it came from and what it took for it to get there. Thanks for watching another episode of the
AntsCanada ant channel. This is AntsCanada signing out. It’s ant love forever. Alright, AC Family, aren’t ants the coolest
creatures? Now that you know how cool they are, I hope
all of you guys get the unique opportunity to keep ants yourselves and observe them in
the comfort of your own home as pets. The ant farm set up you see in this video
is available at AntsCanada.com. I will leave a link in the description box
to a complete easy-to-use kit called the All You Need Hybrid Nest Gear Pack for you to
check out if you would like to try ant keeping, and just a note: we do ship worldwide, as
well as offer starting ant colonies with a queen for sale from ant keepers who may be
from your city through our GAN Project, an initiative to helps lessen the spread of invasive
ants while helping the ant keeping community grow, so watch more about that in this video
here. Promise, you will find ant keeping to be super
fun and educational, and for all you parents out there, it’s an awesome way to bond with
your kids while learning about nature. It would be super cool to keep ants together
with you, guys. AC Inner Colony, of course, I have also left
a hidden cookie for you here, if you would just like to watch some extended play footage
of the Fire Nation living in their setup. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week, we asked: The fact that the fire ants chose
to keep mostly larvae in the new Hybrid Nest indicates what? Congratulations to Emerald Lion 1717 who correctly
answered: The fire ants chose to keep mostly
larvae in the new Hybrid nest because it has more humidity. Congratulations Emerald Lion 1717 you just
won a free AC Test Tube Portal from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is the technical term for
the condition of a queen ant’s gaster that is swollen with eggs? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ebook handbook our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
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Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast

Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast


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

OH NO! MY ANTS ARE GONE!


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