Feeding Cockroaches to Ants

Feeding Cockroaches to Ants


Welcome to the AC Ant Room, home to three
very large ant colonies. Each colony contains thousands and thousands
of ants. With all of these ants and brood within these
nests, surely there are hungry mouths to feed, and on today’s menu, we have their favourite
food item. Cockroaches. In this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel,
we will watch each of our three ant colonies, the Golden Empire, The Fire Nation, and the
Dark Knights feeding on cockroaches, and even check out some of the other snacks they enjoy! Also in this video we will announce the winner
of our grand annual Ant Love Contest 2017 and reveal the winner of a brand new All You
Need Omni Gear Pack, a complete AntsCanada ant setup! Today will be full of ant discovery and fun,
so be sure to keep watching until the end! AC Family, sit back, relax, and let’s watch
our ants dine, in this thrilling episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon! Welcome to the AC Family. Bon appetite! Today I wanted to present tonight’s ant feeding
session in a more natural and real light, so I figured for a change in this episode,
we would observe the ants non-timelapsed and with less editing, instead showing more intimate
footage of the ants feeding so we can truly admire what happens when ants get busy at
processing their food. First to be fed, is our Golden Empire, our
yellow crazy ants. It’s been about two weeks since they’ve moved
into this massive terrarium we call Hacienda Del Dorado. It was a way to help them get rid of their
body mites. It seems the ants now have the ability to
dispose of their garbage appropriately, as I see them creating rubbish piles in locations
away from the nest. Here are some discarded uneaten Fire Nation
alate body parts and look, mites have found these piles to feed on. Unfortunately, I still see mites on the ants,
but I do see some ants without mites, so we’ll have to wait, perhaps a month or two more,
until the new generation of workers has completely replaced the initial mite-infecected generation
in order to truly determine if the move into a massive terrarium helped. You will see ants feasting here on some rotting
mango as well as some raw honey. They’ve been working on this for two days
now and are definitely craving for their protein. So here we go. Dropping in a native Philippine cockroach! AC Family, enjoy watching the Golden Empire
feast! More workers are coming now. Word has reached the nest that food lays just
a skip and a hop away. It isn’t long before the roach is surrounded
by many hungry Golden Empire workers. Some have completely abandoned the raw honey
to come and help. Yellow Crazy Ants lack stingers. They instead spray formic acid, and they’re
using it to subdue and kill this huge roach which as you can see is many times their size. Other workers keep the cockroach pinned down. Look at these workers trying to pull the cockroach
by its antennae. Haha! Persistent little ones! Now for those wondering, I feed all prey insects
to my ants pre-killed which means they have been crushed. This also means that their body parts still
move because insects don’t have brains like ours. They have ganglia, a grouping of nerve cells
which run down the center of their body. This means then that even if you decapitate
or crush a cockroach to kill it, it still moves. OK, let’s let them continue to grapple with
this huge carcass and move on to our most aggressive and frightening ants, the Fire
Nation, our red tropical fire ants! As you know, we recently moved our fire ants
into the Fire Palace, this deep rubbermaid bin full of soil which they absolutley love! It has become the colony’s main nest! Let’s drop in a cockroach. This one is a no brainer. It gets swarmed by ants in a matter of seconds. It isn’t long before a thick carpet of ants
covers this roach. Let’s add another shall we? OK, and now time to head downstairs into the
abyss to visit the new outworld on the Silver Glacier of our Dark Knights, our Black Crazy
Ants. Let’s drop in a roach for these hungry and
deserving ants! Let’s reposition here so we can see a bit
more. In no time, the workers of the Dark Knights
are all over this cockroach. Watch them feed eagerly from the cockroach’s
wounds. These black crazy ants waste no time. Every night, I feed these three kingdoms different
foods. A varied diet is definitely the key to a healthy
ant colony. The Dark Knights usually get 1 or two roaches,
as does the Golden Empire, and the Fire Nation, being a lot larger than the other two ants
colonies, they take 12 or sometimes I feed them pieces of cooked meat, like this chicken
leg which we offered as their house warming gift, and yes, of course I filmed it, but
this needed to be timelapsed because it took 2 days! And gone! Now, I don’t know if you remember but a few
months back I caught a trapjaw queen ant and kept her in the dark and fed her hoping she
would give us eggs, so we could start a colony of trap jaw ants. Well, I have an update, and you will be both
shocked and super excited! And all of that to come, in next week’s video. Thanks for watching! And we’ll see you next week, AC Family! It’s ant love forever! Alright, AC Family! Were you grossed out or was that cool? Inner Colony members today’s episode was a
little taste of what you guys watch every week in our hidden videos, but of course I
still placed a hidden video for you here, for extended footage of a cockroach being
eaten by the Golden Empire. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What is the name of the specialized workers
in honeypot ants that store water? Congratulations to Regnerum who correctly
answered “Aquapletes”. Congratulations Regnerum you just won a free
ebook handbook from our shop! For this week’s question of the week, we ask: What is the name of the groupings of nerves
controling movement in insects? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free Tshirt from our shop! Alright, and speaking of free stuff, as you
know, we love doing fun contest giveaways to you guys our AC Family, and so last week
we launched our annual “Ant Love Contest”, where we asked the question “What is Ant Love
to You?” for a chance to win a FREE All You Need Omni Gear Pack. This year, we received over 1700 entries on
our official Facebook page, and so as is our problem every single year, it was SO hard
for us to narrow it down to just 1 winner! There were just so many great entries that
made us smile, made us laugh, made us go WOW!, made us go what da?, even some that made us
tear up a little and warmed our ant-loving hearts! So, here we go after reviewing over 1700 entries,
a big congratulations goes out to our ANT LOVE CONTEST 2017 winner: John Poster, who wrote a cool ant poem, which
we have included in the info section of this video. Congratulations as well goes out to our runners
up. You guys each have won a FREE EBOOK Handbook
from our shop! Thank you all for playing this year, and for
those that didn’t win, don’t worry as we are always giving away free stuff from AntsCanada.com Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next
week, AC Family! Ant love forever!

Fire Ants React to Cockroach on a Stick (Time Lapse)

Fire Ants React to Cockroach on a Stick (Time Lapse)


AntsCanada presents… Fire Ants React To Cockroach on a Stick We fed a precrushed cockroach to our fire ants and filmed them eating over a 2 day period Ants attacking cockroach. (Music in background) Cockroach Husk falls Ant Love Forever! Video by AntsCanada.com More Videos, Subscribe!

How to Keep Fire Ants As Pets

How to Keep Fire Ants As Pets


Dab on them They’re aggressive, explosive in numbers. They’ve conquered and invaded many areas of the world. And in a large swarm all people and animals in their path quickly become aware of their presence by way of their powerful stings that burned like fire. Many of us have had an innate fascination for ants at some point in our lives; and perhaps when as far as keeping a pet ant colony in an ant farm. But I can tell you. It takes a little bit of crazy to want to take care of a fire ant colony. Perhaps I and many of you out there have that little bit of crazy; because I’m one of many people who keep fire ant colonies as pets. Greetings everyone and welcome to the AntsCanada and channel. This video is about my pet fire ant colony and what it’s like keeping them. Let me begin first with a warning: These ants are definitely not for the
faint at heart; and if you have kids or Rowdy pets I highly recommend not keeping fire ants as their stings can truly inflict tremendous pain and harm or even death if you’re allergic. They are highly aggressive, especially in large numbers; and hard to contain. I’ll go more into that later in the video so stay tuned until the end I’ve owned and cared for many species events in the past. And I still have several other and colonies in my possession. But I’ve never had an ant colony. Keep me on my toes like fire ants have. These ants are programmed for three simple things One grow the colony as big as you [can] so you can to Overpower and eat as much as you can and three sting to death anything that comes in your way no matter. How large or small To understand fire ants a little better. Let’s do a little history now the fire ants that most people know belong to the genus and [Solenopsis] and most of us crazy ant Keepers keep one of about four or five different species the species Solenopsis, Invicta and Solenopsis, Genera actually originated in Central and South America Have managed to reach many parts of the world through human activities like hitching rides and shipment crates These ants are among the most widespread and invasive ants in the u.s [salon] Obsess Invicta Aka [Reefa] or red imported fire ants are A huge problem and many of you in the us write to me about the abundance of fire ants in [your] area the us government Is trying to contain the spread of these unwelcome invaders because they out-compete and displace native? Ants which is not a good thing for the ecosystem Why have these ants become so successful at taking over the world? Well, let’s take a closer look at their lives These pet ants of mine are Solenopsis, [Gemin] Adam also known as red tropical fire ants This happens to be my fifth colony of these guys you [see] here in the philippines where I’m currently based it’s common for first-time and keepers to catch these Super Abundant fire ant Queens raise them to create colonies And then when the colonies reach a massive size the ant keepers find it harder and harder to Contain the ants [and/or] keep up with the feeding and maintenance that come with them. So they end up letting them go; or I End up taking them in. As far as pet ants Go they seem [like] everything you would want in a pet ant colony. First off, they grow super fast. With most species of ants for a colony to get this size, it takes at least a good year or two. But believe it or not this colony is only a few months old and Started with just a single pregnant queen end in a week from now this fire Ant Colony will have increased in size by a third part of the reason these guys have been so successful at invading various parts of the world is because they can grow to a Massive size in just a short amount of time and in the ant world the sooner you can get your colony to a massive size the greater the chance of survival because you can gather more food have more work force to construct Ample housing and take care of the Young protect the colony better and also out-Compete any competitors for resources in less than a month I predict I’ll probably need to attach [another] [form] aquarium to the [setup] to accommodate the growing colony Ants go from egg to worker in just a few [short] weeks And the queen is busy her entire life laying eggs throughout the day Another thing that an keepers love about these ends is that [they’re] semi-nomadic which means they don’t live in one place their entire life these ads have no qualms whatsoever to pick up the colony and move to a completely different location if they need to or if they find a better home this willingness to move can be a great thing for ant keepers a little light and heat from a lamp is enough to get a colony to move out of whatever container they may be in and into a new space Watch this footage of how a colony of a couple thousand or so fire ants moved into this hybrid nest for Macario ten minutes later 20 minutes later Thirty minutes later [it] only took half an hour to transport an entire colony of Thousands of workers a queen and tons of brew these guys can adapt and adjust Housing very easily and can even form living rafts using just their bodies that float on water if needed Which also explains why they’ve been so successful at invading various parts of the world Third these ants are voracious eaters. They eat anything I give them on the first day. They moved into their new home They were more than willing to take a super worm I Also feed them feeder cockroaches which they love their success at invading many parts of the world can be Attributed to their acceptance of various kinds of food These ads will even eat grains cooked meats Table Scraps and love sweet stuff like chocolate and even brown sugar water as seen here Forth if you’re like me, and you enjoy seeing ant aggression and predation these ants never disappoint Just a few nights ago Termite elates were flying all over the philippines [and] somehow they get into houses as they search for lights within homes So what I did was I place the lamp over the ants [outworld] and as the termite elates flew in the fire ants were more Than willing to take them in for dinner you Their regression also gives them the upper hand than competing for territory Defending themselves from predators and collecting prey food for the colony to eat again making them very good at invading other countries Overall these ants are designed to survive and all of this sounds cool, right? Why wouldn’t you want to keep fire ants as pets well these four after mentioned fire, ant traits like fast growth willingness to re-home? wide acceptance of food and aggressive behavior Can also be bad traits for ant keepers hoping to keep them let’s look at their fast growth now because these ants grows so fast So too must their maintenance Housing and food intake increase these ants depend on me to clean up their garbage site graveyard as seen here Look at all those termite Wings they discard it from the other night ants always establish garbage sites and Graveyards which the elements and other organisms clean up or break down but in an ant farm? I need to chime [in] to do the job right now. I only need to do it once every couple of weeks But in several months from now the duties will need to be done every day Their second trait their willingness to move also can be a difficult [thing] to deal with as an ant keeper You see these ants are escape artists and most people keeping fire ants may not have troubles keeping them while the Colony is still small But soon realize as the colony grows they become harder and harder to contain When these ants are [underfed] or they need more space They will constantly be testing the setup for weaknesses until they [manage] to find their way out a breach in the security They also chew through silicone grout and rubbers Now I’m not too worried about them escaping this setup though this solenopsis hybrid setup is designed to house fire ants and these ends can’t chew through the materials used in the Solenopsis hybrid nest this Ac [Outworld] is rounded so the ants can’t grab on to the corners to climb out and This [outworld] is also designed to keep them in by way of an upSide-down band of baby Powder Along with a well secured metal mesh, lid I find new inexperienced owners of this species who make the mistake of making their own setup soon become accustomed to coming home to a Nightmarish room full of Escape ants all busy moving the colony out into a crack in the wall or down the drain in the bathroom All it takes is a few hours And they’re gone and if the queen moves out you have a big and serious problem Third the demand for food for a growing colony is great and the ants will Eventually need large amounts of food daily for a lot of people this can be a challenging job Especially if you want to provide them their favorite food live insects Finally their aggression which may at [first] be a source of intrigue and entertainment just may bite you back in the butt Literally these ants have stingers and can inject an excruciating dose of an alkaloid Venom called Saline Opsin which causes a painful burning sting which later becomes an iTchy bump that takes days to go away When working [around] these ants [I] wear surgical gloves Now what about if you would like to keep fire ants well now You know what to [expect] if you think you would be up for the challenge of keeping fire ants? Why not give it a try? otherwise why not subscribe to this channel so [you] can simply follow the progress of this colony until It also gets to the point where it becomes too big for me to handle and I can film how I release my ants back into the wild from whence they came Thanks so much for watching this video on the ever extreme fire ants What do you think of fire ants let us know in the comments section it’s Antlia Forever. Bye Thanks so much guys for watching our new video on fire ants moving means a lot to us Be sure to subscribe to this channel if you like what you saw we release a video every first and third Monday of the month And also if you’re planning on keeping [access] [pads] be sure to watch our [ant] Canada tutorial playlist [it’s] got lots of great information on and keeping basics and if you like fire ants don’t forget to check out our Solenopsis Geminid [a] playlist Finally if you need and keeping products visit us at ant Canada comm we’ve got lots of information there if you want to do some Reading on and keeping we also sell ant colonies and key cities So check our queen ants for sale section And finally don’t forget to join our ant forum with thousands of members from all over the world who Keypads and who love ends You can connect with them. Please join us guys

Ants vs. Honey | An Update on My Ant Colonies

Ants vs. Honey | An Update on My Ant Colonies


On this channel, we get to observe our ants
performing some pretty amazing behaviours. We watch them move into new homes, we watch
them battle enemies like mites, and we watch them deal with the forces of nature, but perhaps
one of the most fascinating and favourite thing we get to observe is their feeding behaviours! Usually, we watch our ants hunting and devouring
cockroaches, and though they clearly love them, cockroaches are actually not their favourite
food to eat. Though they do love their meat, their favourite
food puts up less of a fight, is much easier to transport back home, and is much sweeter
to the ant palatte. In this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel
we observe our ants feeding on their absolute favourite food – raw honey and show you how
they manage to deal with this ant nectar from the gods! I will give you an update on every single
one of our ant colonies, and there are a few surprises ahead so keep on watching until
the end! AC Family, let’s pop open those honey jars
and see what happens when we offer our ants what they love most, in this action-packed
episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel! Please subscribe to my videos and hit the
bell icon to join the notification squad! Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! I love feeding our ants honey. The Fire Nation, the Golden Empire, the Dark
Knights, and our brand new but still unnamed Trap-jaw Ants Colony, which by the way I have
an update on later! Our four beloved ant colonies seem to go crazy
for honey. I offer honey to our colonies about twice
a week, as much as they will eat, aside from their regular sugar water that’s available
to them. Let’s start with the ant colony we saw last
week, our Golden Empire, now larger than ever since colony fusing with a newly introduced
5 queen colony. We have offered the raw honey on a spoon. I offer ants raw honey which is a bit chunkier
and thicker than processed honey. It contains ground up honey comb which makes
it less sticky for the ants, minimizing chances of ants drowning in the honey which always
happens when offering processed honey to ants. Usually, I would recommend offering liquid
sugar food in a test tube setup just to be safe, but I have found that offering raw honey
is safer as long as you offer only as much as the ants can completely finish in one sitting. Check out how the ants swarm the spoon and
fill up their stomachs with the sweet honey. If you’re new to ants, this is how their food
distribution system works. The first ants find the honey and immediately
begin drinking it. Now ants have two stomachs. They have their own personal stomach, as well
as their crop or social stomach. The ants social stomach is like an internal
lunchbox for temporary containment. As these ants are drinking the honey, they
are filling up their social stomachs. Once this social stomach is full, they then
head back to the nest leaving a pheromonal trail on the way home, so that once they arrive
home other ants know exactly where to go to find the honey, thereby calling for more ants
to suck up all the sweet goods. The more ants that can come out to drink up
this honey the better. They don’t want anyone else to come along
and steal their goods, so they work as fast as they can to drink up all the honey! So those full ants, also help distribute the
honey in their social stomachs to other ants who have not had their fill. So through a process called trophallaxis as
seen in this shot, they transfer the honey through mouth to mouth contact. Here the ant on the upper right is stimulating
the ant on the lower left to regurgitate some honey from her social stomach by rubbing her
cheeks with her antennae. This process of trophallaxis is also performed
by other social insects like their close relatives bees and wasps. Trophallaxis is great because it ensures that
1) not all ants need to leave the nest in order to eat and have a taste of the honey,
thereby leaving more ants available to do perform other important tasks like taking
care of the young, protecting the colony, and nest construction, and 2) trophallaxis
also ensures that no honey or food is left sitting around the nest, which is important
in an underground society of animals that live in moist environments and whose members
live in close proximity to each other. Having food laying around means higher risk
of disease and mould outbreak, so what better way to store food and keep it sterile than
keeping it stored inside their own bodies right? Every time I offer the Golden Empire a spoonful
of honey, so many ants come rushing out like it’s the greatest thing! In fact, look what we have here! One of the queens has heard news of the spoon
of honey and she comes along to have a taste of it. She creeps around and goes in for a taste. But, her minions rush her away, and bid her
back into the nest where she is much safer. She’ll be having a taste of the honey later
on anyway through trophallaxis. In fact, by the end of this honey processing,
every single member of the colony will have eaten this honey, including every worker ant,
alate, and babies. Not a single member of the colony goes hungry. it is all shared and distributed efficiently,
and that is how ant food is always dealt with. Isn’t that amazing? It’s no wonder ants have managed to stick
around since the days of the dinosaurs! Now let’s move on to a colony we haven’t heard
from for awhile. Behold, the Fire Palace today. The Fire Nation, perhaps our most popular
ant colony has grown beyond my wildest imagination! I had no idea a fire ant colony could get
this large. The ants mainly reside in the Fire Palace
but there are so many ants now inside, that when I place spoonfuls of honey, the honey
and the spoon are gone in just a day! The ant hill simply swallows it all! I have to fish out a few plastic spoons soon! AC Family, let’s watch them enjoy this new
spoonful of raw honey. Now on to the dark Knights. Perhaps some of you might not recognize this
place where the Dark Knights are feeding on this honey. Well, I have some pretty cool news! Remember how they used to live in 2 Hybrid
Nests on the top floor. Well the colony was starting to grow so big
and feral ant colonies were starting to gather round trying to get into their setup, that
I felt it was time to expand their kingdom by adding a mansion. Ladies and gentleman behold the Crystal Mansion. It consisted of completely transparent furnishings,
including a test tube rack full of water and sugar water setups, a glass container for
food placement, and an Omni Nest Large placed directly inside. The Crystal Mansion itself was a rubbermaid
bin. Our other colonies had such large territories
that it only made sense to also provide our Dark Knights with their own large territory
addition. So as usual, I used light and heat to move
the colony out into the Crystal Mansion. Watch them move in! Now the thing was, they moved out of their
small Hybrid Nest as planned, but surprisingly the colony would not competely move out of
their large Hybrid Nest despite applying a hot lamp close to the glass! The ants actually relished the heat, and refused
to leave! I was surprised to learn that these ants can
actually withstand some pretty hot temperatures if they refuse to leave a home, and are not
phased much by bright lights! Talk about being built to live in tropical
climates! So instead, I decided to place their entire
Large hybrid nest into the Crystal Mansion, to allow them to move out on their own schedule. So this was their new home for now. And behold, they seem to love it! They’ve drunk most of their water and sugar
water. It looks like it’s time for me to replace
their reserves. And, they certainly love their honey! Moving on now to our newest colony, which
still remains unnamed. So AC Family, please take a quick moment to
click this icard here, to vote for your favourite name for this trap-jaw ant colony. You guys gave some amazing name suggestions
for the colony, and I have chosen my top 5 favourites. So now it’s time for you guys to ultimate
choose their official name, to be announced in a future video. Thank you, AC Council! So despite their very menacing jaws which
seem they are built to thrash, subdue, and kill their prey, I was surprised to discover
that these ants actually love honey! Watch this ant drink a tiny drop of raw honey
deposited on the side of their container. And what I found cool was that they used their
jaws to scrape and gather the honey. The ants were trying to carry blobs of it
home! Check it out! The ant grasps a blob of honey and it proves
difficult for the ant to handle so what does it do? It mixes it with some soil, so it becomes
easy to carry and then takes it home! I assume from there it will either consume
the honey and the soil or suck the honey from the soil ball. So smart right?! These trap-jaw ants are pretty amazing! And now for an exciting update on their progress. Remember how we hoped that these ants would
survive and grow to give us a big colony? Well, AC Family, I’m happy to report that
our steady diet of cockroach nymphs and honey is really working out for them because deep
in their nest I spotted 2 new pupae and a growing brood pile, and their larvae are a
cool shape with large hairs. Isn’t that cool, AC family? This colony is very promising, and I anticipate
that it won’t be long before they grow into a fruitful kingdom. I will continue to keep you guys updated on
their progress. Our four colonies truly love eating their
raw honey and providing them with a constant source of sweet food has proved to be beneficial
to their health and colony growth. Many people write to our AC Team about why
their ant colonies seem to not be doing so well, and although everything seems to be
right in terms of care, we often trace it back to not providing enough sweet food like
honey or sugar water. So, if you’re keeping ants at home, give them
a gift. Offer them some honey, corn syrup, sugar water,
fruits, or hummingbird nectar. Trust me. Your ants will thank you! Thank you for watching another episode of
the AntsCanada Ant Channel. This is AntsCanada signing out! It’s Ant Love forever! Alright AC Family, isn’t honey great?! As a sweetener, I also love raw honey! How about you guys? AC Inner Colony, here’s a hidden cookie for
you, if you just want to watch a relaxing extended play video of the ants drinking their
honey. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week. Last week we asked: What is mite phoresis? Congratulations to Anna Linsangan who correctly
answered “Mite phoresis is when a mite attaches itself to another insect, like ants, and are
carried to a new food source.” Congratulations Anna you just won a free ant
t-shirt from our shop! In this AC Question of the week, we ask: What
is an ants’ social stomach or crop used for? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win some free test tubes from our shop! Perfect for rearing your newly caught queen
ants, since thankfully nuptial flight season has started in the Northern Hemisphere. Hope you can subscribe to this channel, as
we release a brand new mind-blowing ant video every Saturday at 8AM EST. So join the AC Family and subscribe! It’s ant love forever!

Green Ants?!

Green Ants?!


How hard do you work to acquire the food you
eat? What goes into ensuring you have a meal on
your table every day? In this week’s epic ant video, we observe
how much our ants go through to acquire their food every day. Today we take a look at how the Hacienda Del
Dorado is actually one big lethal, death trap for outside insects! We will watch how insects trapped inside the
Hacienda Del Dorado manage to survive or faily to survive, and we will watch what the Golden
Empire, our yellow crazy ants, go through to hunt, subdue, and protect their daily food. And, what is this? Green-coloured ants? Find out why green worker ants have begun
to appear in our yellow crazy ant colony! You won’t want to miss all of this mind-blowing
ant-action and discovery ahead so keep on watching until the end, and just a hint…
the ending may shock you! AC Family, let’s join the Golden Empire on
their daily journey from hungry to full, as we witness the sheer power of predation, in
this week’s episode of the AntsCanada ant channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Bon appetite! Welcome to the Hacienda Del Dorado, our huge
estate belonging to the Golden Empire. For those of you who are new to the channel,
this home and ant colony has come a very long way, and has eveolved and changed so much
from from its beginings. The Hacienda Del Dorado is certainly a marvel,
full of living plants which provide the ant colony nest structure, landscape, and humidity. It is also home to various creatures like
the Springcleaners, a colony of Springtails which depend on the ants for their garbage
which they feed on. Recently introduced, were pitcher plants,
which have since formed a symbiotic relationship with the ants, providing the ants with sweet
fluids while the ants dump their leftover insect parts into the pitcher plants. But one thing that some of you may not know,
is that this terrarium and world of inter-connected organisms is very much so like a creature
of its own, an ominous beast, swallowing the unsuspecting that may fall prey to its jowls. You see, if you look just above the Hacienda
Del Dorado, you’ll see the windows I often keep open to the outside. The lighting system which I have installed
over the Hacienda Del Dorado inevitably end up luring nocturnal insects into the ant room
every single night. In fact, so many insects end up entering from
the outside that the house geckoes which discreetly frequent my condo have learned to commune
in my ant room every night to feed on the insects that are unlucky enough to land on
the walls and ceiling. Here is a baby, who is wondering why I’m around,
filming him when usually I am fast asleep in another room by this time. He dashes for the darkness of my bathroom. The outside nocturnal insects attracted by
the Hacienda Del Dorado lights, inevitably end up wandering into the Hacienda Del Dorado
where the glass ceiling ends up trapping them inside, where a hungry colony of yellow crazy
ants awaits to catch them. The Hacienda Del Droado is very much alive
and a complex predator. By morning, the sun comes streaming into the
Hacienda Del Dorado providing the plants with abundant energy to grow and photosynthesize. Small jars of honey lay available to the ants
to drink from and acquire their needed sugars. Ants have begun foraging and hunting well
before sunrise. Watch how they wave their antennae in the
air to smell for any traces of insects nearby. An ant’s best sense is their sense of smell,
and they can detect if prey lays nearby using their super sensitive antennae. The insects that were trapped overnight and
have managed to evade being captured, are at this time tiring and are most vulnerable
to falling prey. The Golden Empire is on the prowl every morning
to find these weakened insects hiding among them. One of such unfortunate insects hides, sitting
perfectly still lest a nearby ant would feel its vibrations or see its movement. Can you spot it here? Look carefully. Its colouration helps it camouflage perfectly
in the foliage. Keeping still for its life, a moth hangs from
a leaf, hoping to go unnoticed. It releases no pheromones, as it rests to
regain energy in hopes to find a way out of the Hacienda Del Dorado. Members of the Golden Empire march eerily
around it, but can’t seem to find it. This moth likely spent the whole night trying
to fly towards the lights expending the energy it needed to hopefully find a mate and breed
before it died in a few days. Its life now is numbered, and hopefully it
managed to pass on its genes before being trapped here. It does look like this moth, however is doing
a good job at not being found. So is this one. Sadly, some moths were not able to evade the
hungry Golden Empire. This moth landed in the wrong spot, and was
found immediately. It tries its best to struggle and free itself
from the clutches of the Golden Empire, but it’s no use. It’s too weak to successfully fly away and
the ants carry it back to the nest to consume and feed the young. Despite the amount of insects that end up
getting trapped within the Hacienda Del Dorado, the ants still require feeding. In the wild, an ant colony is collecting food
24 hrs, so in a captive setting, they require one time big time feedings on a daily basis
to meet the nutritional needs of the colony. So let’s feed the Golden Empire, some tasty,
gut-loaded roaches! Dropping our first roach here. Watch as the ants discover it and inform the
rest of the colony that food has dropped out of the sky. It isn’t long before a blanket of ants cover
the area. Ants around the cockroach release large amounts
of their “food signal” pheromone informing all nearby ants that food is present and to
spread the news by releasing more “food signal” pheromone. Let’s add another roach. Look at all those ants. It’s feeding time for the Golden Empire! And wait a sec, are those green worker ants
we see? Where did these green ants come from you ask? Well, I forgot to mention that for fun, I
dyed this honey blue, and well, yellow crazy ants plus blue honey equals green ants. Now check this out, AC Family! Watch how workers rush to excavate a pit beneath
the cockroaches so that they can better conceal their prey from other interloppers who might
steal the roaches. Their current plan is to build a soil dome
over the sunken roaches while the colony can get on with breaking down the roaches to consume
them. But, let’s see what happens if we decide to
cause some rucous here and act like another animal coming along to steal their food, like
a bird that came along and wanted to take advantage of the free meal. Let’s use this barbeque skewer! As I poke around the cockroaches, the Golden
Empire is immediately alarmed and mobilizes to defend their prey. Ants bravely race up the barbeque skewer spraying
formic acid. If this were a bird, it would be causing some
serious damage! Check out what the Golden Empire did to my
bird when it managed to break into the Hacienda Del Dorado in this video on my daily vlogging
channel. Oh and don’t forget to kindly subscribe to
that channel while you’re there! As the Golden Empire has in the past, these
ants have defeated this quote unquote bird that has tried to steal their bounty! It is important that the ants do all they
can to process these cockroaches as quickly as possible, and defend it at all costs, because
if they lose this meal it could mean death for the colony, because for all they know,
they may not find another meal in days. For the Golden Empire, every prey caught means
life, babies fed, and queens nourished enough for ample egg production. Food means colony success and losing food
means colony death. The Golden Empire has now changed their plans. The alarmed ant colony has decided that these
cockroaches are no longer safe in this location so they act quickly by pulling the cockroaches
to safer grounds. They have decided that these roaches are better
off in their nest for further processing, than out here in
the open. Ants are still working at removing dirt and
debris to help drag the cockroach easier. Wow! Look at these worker ants lifting this huge
wood chip which is many times their weight. Such an impressive feat of strength. Over the next few minutes the ants work hard
at dragging these roaches into their nest, which would be about the weight of an elephant
had the ants been human-sized. And perhaps the most impressive thing about
all of this AC Family, is you don’t see a single ant stopping to feed from the cockroaches
during this entire process. The main focus of each ant was to get this
food relocated to a place free of any disturbance. I couldn’t see ants feeding from the roaches
which could weigh the food prey down and possibly delay the process. Instead, every ant seems to be on the same
page, orchestrating a massive food transport. It seems the ants have an innate understanding
of the big picture. It was truly inspiring to witness. Just as I was about to sign out and leave
the ants at peace to deal with their food, a tiny glimmer of sunlight caught my eye. It was an ant carrying a wing, but not just
any wing. Upon closer inspection, I couldn’t believe
my eyes. It was the wing of a queen alate. To my surprise, this was evidence that the
Golden Empire was now officially producing alates, reproductives, and if my suspicions
were correct, these new young queens have been breeding! Oh boy! AC Family, something tells me things are about
to get interesting in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Alright, AC Family. What do you think? Man, I don’t know what I would do if this
colony started producing more egg-laying queens! Speaking of growing colonies, if you haven’t
caught last week’s episode, we’re taking your votes as to which colony should move into
a new terrarium that recently became vacant in my ant room. Watch that video and leave your vote, and
if you already voted, and this video changed your mind, go ahead and feel free to change
your vote! 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
handling their roaches to the sounds of some relaxing music. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week. Last week we asked: What amazing thing
did the Golden Empire do to the pitcher plants
in the Hacienda Del Dorado? Congratulations to Puppy Gamer who correctly
answered: The Golden Empire started
feeding the pitcher plants their leftovers. Congratulations Puppy Gamer you just won some
of our new 100% clear tube connectors from our shop. In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What creature other than the ants,
feeds on the insects that enter my ant room at night? 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 as we
release a brand new ant video every single Saturday at 8AM EST. Remember to please Like, Comment, and Share
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War vs. Pharaoh Ants

War vs. Pharaoh Ants


Oh man! A great ant war has begun, a battle against
one of the most feared and hated ants in the entire world. Today, we declare war on Pharaoh ants. In last week’s video we discovered that two
alien ant colonies had broken into our Garden of Eden, the name given to the giant terrarium
that is home to our beloved Marauder Ant colony, which you guys have named The Titans. The first invaders were some cowardly Black
Crazy Ants, that had set up camp somewhere in the Garden of Eden but they appeared to
respect the authority of our Titans so we weren’t too concerned. The other ant invaders, however, were a super
army of small but menacing Pharaoh ants with many queens, whom we caught stealing and monopolizing
all food meant to feed our Titans. This week, AC Family, we wage war against
these Pharaoh ants who you believe pose an immediate threat, and my grand plan to eliminate
them from the Garden of Eden involves some cool traps and a Line of Death! We also make two incredible discoveries about
these pharaoh ants, and of course, this wouldn’t be an AnstCanada video without a plot twist? So keep on watching until the end for the
surprise ending! Put on your armour, AC Family, and let’s go
into battle with these pharaoh ant invaders from the outside, and show them they cannot
and will not destroy our Titans, in this nerve-wrenching episode of the AntsCanada ant channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Tired of nature channels not showing nature
shows. Just watch this channel. Enjoy. The events that took place last week in the
Garden of Eden were an eye-opener. Our resident Marauder ants, some newly residing
black crazy ants, and intruding pharaoh ants. Three different ant species meeting in a single
place. The ultimate drama that ensued from this meeting
blew me away. If you haven’t seen last week’s video you
can watch it here. Basically, through this epic clash of these
three ant clans, we discovered that ants going to war didn’t necessarily mean ants killing
each other to the death. No. Surprisingly, we saw that ant wars could consist
of alpha ants grappling with weaker ants, as we saw in last week’s episode, when our
majestic Titans rushed in to claim their rightful cockroach meal from the black crazy ants. But what I found the most alarming, were the
pharaoh ants. They moved in and out of the terrarium freely,
despite the presence of a baby powder barrier. This colony had many queens, and aggressive
workers, proving to be a powerful force. They possessed the ferocity to even take food
from our Titans. And that’s when you spoke, AC Family! I asked you last week what you felt about
our new ant neighbours, and so many of you, expressed that although you felt the black
crazy ants weren’t much a threat to our Titans at the moment, you insisted that the pharaoh
ants were, and had to be dealt with immediately. I don’t blame you, guys for feeling so strongly. Pharaoh ants, whose name possibly arises from
the mistaken idea that it was one of the plagues of ancient Egypt, have become a major pest
of residences, commercial bakeries, factories, buildings, and hospitals worldwide. They’re a true metropolitan ant, having invaded
nearly all parts of the world by way of human activities, likely the transport of goods
on which they secretly hitch rides. Nobody knows for sure where Pharaoh ants originated
from, but it is suspected they came from Africa. Although they are a tropical ant, they’ve
still managed to thrive in colder climates like the US and Europe by living inside heated
buildings. They’ve also been known to be carriers of
harmful microbes like salmonella and e. coli. There’s no doubt, pharaoh ants are tough,
resourceful, and big trouble in a little package. And it seems this supercolony of pharaoh ants
has had their eye on the Garden of Eden. Every time I place food into the Garden of
Eden to feed the Titans, the pharaoh ants come swarming instantly, slipping stealthily
in and out of the terrarium with ease, despite the presence of a baby powder barrier, claiming
the food before the Titans couldever get to it. They also defend this food aggressively. One night, I watched as the pharaoh ants ate
all the chicken wing bones I placed into the Garden of Eden. Chicken wing scraps were always one of the
Titan’s favourite food, but now no Titan was seen in sight. Only the pharaoh ants feasting, while the
black crazy ants hovered around, too afraid to get close but wanting to. Suddenly, something caught my eye. There, AC Family. Look! It was a pile of dead Titans! Had they been attacked and killed by the pharaoh
ants and dumped here? This was the final straw! The pharaoh ants needed to be eradicated,
for the safety of our Titans! In fact, I realized that the safety of all
our ants in this ant room were at stake! Who was to say that the pharaoh ants wouldn’t
also choose to invade the Hacienda Del Dorado, the kingdom of our Golden Empire? Or the connected villas of our Dark Knights? Perhaps even our most aggressive fire ants,
the Fire Nation, were not safe from these pharaoh ant raids. You guys called for it, and AC Family, I fully
support your call to action! It was time to go to war, a war against these
ruthless Pharaoh Ants. We needed to save our Titans! OK, so are you ready for this? Here was my plan. Phase One: Locate the site of colony! I needed to know where the pharaoh ants were
stationed. For sure they had moved into my place recently
from the outside. Highly nomadic and known to form extremely
long foraging trails, pharaoh ants cover some amazing distance when they travel. I followed the trail of pharaoh ants and it
took me up the glass, across this bracket to the west side of the Garden of Eden, down
the glass, and across this entanglement of wires. From here the ants formed a trail up my curtain,
across the air conditioning unit, crossing this shelf, along the doorway of my bathroom,
down this long stretch of wall, up this door frame and surprisngly into the Cavern of Darkness,
a hole which leads through the dry wall accommodating the tube of our Dark Knights. My goodness! The pharaoh ants were living between my walls! Alright, and now for Phase Two: The Line of
Death. Stopping all food provisions into the Garden
of Eden for a couple days, caused for only a few pharaoh ants to be seen wandering inside. I needed there to be as little pharaoh ants
as possible before using my secret weapon. Now I’ve never featured this secret weapon
on this channel before because I’ve never needed it, until now. AC Family, behold. Diatomaceous Earth chalk. I’ve used it to effectively battle cockroaches
in the past, and it has never failed me, not once. This powerful stuff is composed of microscopic
fossilzed remains of plankton called diatoms. Under a microscope these diatoms look like
shards of glass, and AC Family get this! Once these particals of diatomaceous earth
get onto an insect, it punctures them, absorbing vital lipids in their exoskeleton, and the
insect dies of dehydration! What’s totally amazing is that diatomaceous
earth is actually non-toxic, and unlike regular chemical pesticides, there is no potential
buildup of tolerance like there is to poisons because the method of killing is PHYSICAL,
not chemical. In fact, you’ve probably even eaten this stuff
before, perhaps even today! They add diatomaceous earth to a multitude
of grain-based foods like cereal, oats, bread, flour, rice, and muffins in order to kill
beetles which typically infest grain-based foods. But warning: Don’t eat this pest chalk, because
companies can blend in other materials into it which could be harmful if ingested. For those of you who have followed this channel
for awhile now, you know that I make it a rule to never kill ants, even if they’re pests,
but I feel this could be classified as a dire situation requiring some extreme measures,
because the safety of all our pet ants is in jeopardy. I proceeded to outline the periphery of the
terrarium with the chalk. I made sure to go all the way around to the
back. I also made sure to chalk the wires of the
lighting. No ants could now cross these chalked areas
and survive. Another thing to note, though was that this
chalk barrier was only effective for a couple days because the moisture in the humid air
of Manila, where I live, renders the diatomaceous earth chalk ineffctive after awhile. This chalk needs to stay dry in order to work. And now for the most critical phase, AC Family:
Setting of the Traps. I prepared a pair of acrylic containers each
with holes on opposing sides. In one hole, I fixated a piece of polyvinyl
tubing. The tubing of one of these containers was
placed against the wall near one of the pharaoh ants’ foraging trails, and the tubing to the
other, pressed up against the adjacent trap. And now to add our bait. In our first trap, a delicious cockroach,
irrresistable to any prospective pharaoh ant, and in the second trap perfectly suited to
our alien ant invaders, Mars chocolate. I made sure to wipe the tweezers along the
outside of the tube to get the smell of the bait all over it. Also, I had to place the covers on these traps
so the smell of our bait, would fill the inside. We needed our traps to smell tantalizing! Next, we required some messenger pigeons! Informant pharaoh ant workers to squeal, and
tell the colony of the tasty food inside our traps. With a cotton ball I gently collected a few
worker ants and threw them into the traps along with the bait. The idea was to get these ants to find the
food, and excitedly run back home to tell the rest of the colony to come and eat, and
look! It seems the ants were acting exactly as planned,
having discovered our bait and feeding on it. They will soon make their way back to the
colony, leaving a pheromonal trail all the way home, which will help direct the ants
to the food and into our traps. Let’s hope this works, AC Family! I decided to come back later to check and
see if our plan was working, and I sure hope it would. Our Titans were counting on us. A few hours later, I came back to check on
our traps. Good news! It seems the ants had discovered our bait! Yes, the plan was working. Not a lot of ants yet, but it was just the
start. Not many eating the chocolate yet, but it
was ok. It was only a matter of time before the ants
would come biting down! Let’s come back later. Returning to the traps, I was anxious to see
if the ants had come swarming! Let’s check it out! Yes, tonnes of ants! Look at them seething! In addition, ants were now tasting our choclate! Ants ran with full bellies back to the nest,
but I wasn’t going to remove the traps until it had at least 1 queen in it. My aim was to try to dispose of the queens
as much as possible. And actually, here! I spotted a queen inside the first trap. She still had wings but it seemed one wing
was missing. There was no way to tell if she was one of
the fertilized egg-laying queens or if she was just a virgin alate, but it was good enough
for me. Time for Phase Four: Removal! I blocked both entrances to the first trap
and removed it from site. Here you go, Pharaoh ants! How about some chocolate. It tastes out of this world! Sliding the chocolate over, I placed a fresh
new trap with another freshly killed cockroach inside. I knew it wouldn’t be long before the ants
would come discovering this roach, too and start swarming inside the new trap. Let’s come back later and see. Let’s check our traps, AC Family! Ants eating the chocolate, and yes ants also
eating our roach. So now we knew the system worked! I plugged up our chocolate trap and slid over
the roach trap, and in its place, a new trap, this time with some cut up superworms. I wanted to change up the bait because I didn’t
want the ants to get bored of our bait choices. I found the ants would send more workers out
on site if the food was new. I just loved how our plan was working! So I continued this trap removal and intallation
method over the next couple of days until I was able to remove a significant number
of ants. Now AC Family, get this. I happened to make two very interesting discoveries
during this trapping process. First, I found when the ants were eating protein
bait, insects and such, the trails to and from the bait were fairly uniform and orderly. But as soon as the ants were eating chocolate,
the trails were berzerk! Ants broke off the trails and some formed
sub trails, while others just seemed to generally be lost. It was as if the ants were drunk! Haha! Look. Interesting right? Perhaps we can study this in a future video! The second discovery I made, was downstairs. So my ant room is on my second floor, but
down in my kitchen towards the door leading to my balcony, I happened to spot an ant trail
of pharaoh ants. Another pharaoh colony?! The trail extended onto my kitchen floor. I had to find out where these pharaoh ants
were coming from? I followed the trail up and found the ants
were emerging from a space in my balcony door frame leading outside. On the other end of this trail, the ants traveled
along the foot of my counter and then somewhere inside it. And that’s when it hit me! This wasn’t another colony. It was the same colony. AC Family, this pharaoh ant trail went all
the way from my balcony door, into my counter, and from there somehow into my walls, and
all the way up to the second floor and emerging into my ant room. Can you believe it?! Can you imagine how much distance these ants
were traveling relative to their size, just to get the food! That is quite the distance! And what blew my mind even more was that,
this could also mean this pharaoh ant colony could possibly be bigger than any of us ever
imagined! I live high up on the 15th floor but I bet
this pharaoh ant trail was actually stories long, extending into other condo units of
my building on multiple floors. Like an invisible giant entity, this pharaoh
ant colony was extending its silent tendrils into all areas of my building, moving at will
floor by floor, collecting food along the way to grow its colony bigger and bigger. Who knows? With multiple queens constantly giving rise
to tireless workers, this colony could in fact be absolutely massive, simultaneously
reaching into many of the buildings and homes in my neighbourhood. The implications were endless and just mind-boggling! These pharaoh ants were indeed the true definition
of a supercolony! After all our trapping, believe it or not,
AC Family, it eventually got to the point where no more pharaoh ants were seen. And so began phase five: Precautionary Maintenance. With vinegar, I wiped down all the areas where
the pharaoh ants were trailing. I did this several times in order to break
down the ants’ chemical trails. I also fortified the baby powder barrier in
the Garden of Eden. As for any pharaoh ants remaining inside the
Garden of Eden, I made sure to lay down some bait and remove them from site once they came
swarming. And as of this morning AC Family, I am happy
to announce, that the pharaoh ants that once threatened our Titans, were no longer around
to cause trouble! I placed a cockroach into the Garden of Eden
this morning, and it filled my heart with joy to watch as our Titans came swarming in
to claim their rightful meal. It was hilarious to see some black crazy ants,
also rushing in trying to get to the roach, but our Titans, being the alphas were not
having it! Check out how they kept all the black crazy
ants at bay! Now, AC Family, are you ready for the surprise? As for the pharaoh ants, some of you may be
wondering what I did with all the pharaoh ants caught in our traps. Did I kill them? Well, in last week’s video, so many of you
expressed how much you wanted me to capture the pharaoh ants and place them in their own
setup, to become another ant colony to join our growing family of ant colonies within
our ant room. And so, your wish, was my command. Phase Six: Captivity. Turns out, I coverted all the traps into miniature
terrariums, using soils borrowed from our Garden of Eden so they contained all the springtails
and microorganisms needed to break down waste, and connected them all together via tubing. And when I say, tubing, I mean tubing! These ants love to travel? Well, I made sure they had all the traveling
space they needed, and what’s ironic is that parts of their new home consisted of our Titan’s
old towers. I cannot wait to give you an official tour
of their setup, AC Family, in a future video! After this entire ordeal, with our ants all
safe for now, and a new ant colony to join our family, I am truly relieved and excited
for what’s next. It seems these pharaoh ants which the world
has learned to loathe can be controlled, without the use of harmful pesticides. It just required an understanding of how these
ants behave and live. It seems although they are called Pharaoh
ants, they were still actually slaves to their own biology. Thank you for watching, AC Family, and until
next week, it’s ant love forever! Alright, AC Family isn’t this just incredible?! We managed to successfully control our pharaoh
ant problem plus acquire a new ant colony in the process. Oh, and this new Pharaoh ant colony needs
a name! Please take the time to vote here, for an
official name for our pharaoh ants. My top 5 picks of names suggested by you,
the AC Family, in last week’s video. If you found this video entertaining and informative
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for you hear, if you would just like to watch some extended play footage of our Titans enjoying
their meal this morning while warding off their black crazy ant neighbours! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
week! In last week’s video we asked: Name one thing black crazy ants and
pharaoh ants have in common? Congratulations to Arda Mudarso who correctly
answered: They are both polygynous, meaning
they have more than one queen. Congratulations Arda, you just won a free
ant t-shirt from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: List any one of the phases of our
ant trapping process in this video! Leave your answer in the comments section
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What I Gave My Ants for Christmas | ‘Twas the Ants’ Night Before Christmas

What I Gave My Ants for Christmas | ‘Twas the Ants’ Night Before Christmas


Please subscribe to my channel! *ding* Thank you, enjoy the video! *music (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)* ‘Twas the ants’ night before Christmas, In the home of the master, Not a creature was stirring, not even A hamster. *music* A gift from above For all Fire Nation Ants Set in the offering temple *ding* From the AC fam. *music* The workers indulged In joy and jubilation As this gift brought nourishment To their great Fire Nation. *music* It’s been an epic journey Of both wonder and fear As we reminisce the memories Of this colony’s year. We watched as these fire ants quite eagerly moved in To every home we gave them; They even showed us they could swim. They inspired and humbled us As they seized all prey. At times, it got ugly But that’s just nature’s way. Completely unaware, YouTube fame found these girls. You named them the Fire Nation. You voted from around the world. *ding dong* And speaking of voting, over countless days and nights, AC fam, you officially named these black crazy ants: *ding* The Dark Knights. So the Dark Knights we celebrated with burning Christmas torches For the preparation of our gift to them: Canadian-honey-dipped roaches. *music* This year, we marveled At how the Dark Knights perfected Moving through the Fire Nation Completely undetected. *music* Not a maze too hard could outsmart their clever. They’ve even found a way for their colonies to live forever. *trumpets* All hail the Dark Knights, Go and feast all you can Upon this Christmas gift From we, the AC fam. *music* Oh, we’re not through yet. Another colony remains, And the AC family also decided its new name. Among knights of darkness and a nation of fire, Rises the new ant colony: The Golden Empire. *ding* The Golden Empire used all available resources, And banded together their 3 queens joining forces. *music* Like the 3 kings of Magi bearing frankincense, myrrh, and gold, The AC fam, too, has prepared 3 gifts. Behold! 3 large roaches prepared meticulously by hand, Disected and stuffed With organic strawberry jam. *music* May these 3 gifts of love pass through their security teams, And fly into the mouths of the empire’s 3 queens. For it has been an epic year for us, For our little ant club. Well, perhaps, not so little anymore. We hit half a million subs! *fast* Oh, my God. While this is amazing… *fast* *overlapping voices of appreciation* AC fam, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! *record scratch* *clears throat* Sorry. *small laugh* Just a little burst there. Gotta play it cool. After all, this is an educational channel. Back to our poem. Many of you are ant keepers raising armies of your own. Many of you may be starting to discover ant love, full-blown. Many of you have written about how you’d never thought You could ever love an insect, but now you love ants a lot. We’ve read all your warm messages, from both parents and their kids, How, together, you discovered the world of ants through these ant vids. So whether your ants are sleeping on this cold winter night, Or whether it’s anting season, and you’re searching for queens in flight, We hope these ant videos will keep your curious mind blown As you discover the lives of ants in our crafted ant homes. And so, on this night, expressed as heartfelt as I can, I feel so much gratitude to you, the AC fam. I’m sure if these ants could talk or read messages from their fans, They’d thank you for supporting and for giving ant love a chance. Here’s a toast with some egg nog *ding* to our new ant beginnings, And to your loved ones and colonies, more blessings and ant winnings. From your ant nerd AntsCanada, to every AC family member Happy holidays to all, and to all, ant love forever. Greetings, AC family. First, I would like to thank you for watching this video. As always, it means so much to me, and If you enjoyed it, please feel free to subscribe to this channel and give this video a thumbs up. Second, AC family, we did it! We hit 500K subs! Thank you guys so much. It’s just crazy. I cannot believe over half a million of you guys liked watching and learning about ants each week. Insects which most people take for granted or don’t even think about at all. You guys truly are ambassadors of ant love. Third, for all of you inner-colony members, Of course, I’ve included a hidden cookie for you guys here, *ding* Where you can just watch ants drinking egg nog. It was funny. At first, they didn’t like it and were a bit skeptical of it, But soon warmed up to it and couldn’t get enough egg nog. Fourth, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you out there watching a warm seasons greetings. No matter what it is you may be celebrating this season, May you, your loved ones, and your ants Be immersed in happiness and joy. Thank you guys so much for being a part of this whole ant journey with me on this channel. And, finally, we can’t end without our *ding* AC Question of the Week. Last week, we asked What is the name of the species featured in our last video that gives piggyback rides to fellow smaller sisters? Congratulations to *ding* Ryanplays101, who correctly answered Carebara diversa, or Asian marauder ants. Congratulations, Ryanplays101, you just won a free AC test tube portal V2 from our shop. And for this week’s AC Question of the Week, we ask The honey into which the Dark Knights’ cockroaches were dipped came from what country? Leave your answer in the comment section, and you could win our brand-new AC test tube rack V2 from our shop, Which is now clear, holds your test tube securely in place, and is stackable for extra security when storing. Good luck, AC fam, and until next week, It’s ant love forever. *music (Oh, Christmas Tree)*

A Bearded Ant?!!! | Harvester Ants (Thanksgiving Special Part 2)

A Bearded Ant?!!! | Harvester Ants (Thanksgiving Special Part 2)


Greetings AC Family and a happy belated Thanksgiving for all of our AC family from the U.S. Welcome back for Part 2 of our two-part Thanksgiving day Special and I truly hope you enjoyed your fill of turkey and stuffing the other night. So last week we had a look at the mind blowing world of Leaf Cutter ants who tend their Lush Fungus Gardens underground and this week we take a look at some really amazing ants that are pretty resourceful They work hard to harvest their food when its available and they store their harvest in great underground chambers Today we look into the Lives of the ever diverse Harvester Ants The secret collectors of the ant world We also reveal our grand winner of our 500$ gift card black Friday giveaway and we have a special announcement for Christmas yes I can’t wait so guys stay tuned till the end Ladies and gentlemen Lets caravan deep below ground level and discover the intriguing world of Harvester ants Here at the AntCanada Ant Channel (Music Plays) Ok So we’re back here in LA Drooling over our GAN Farmer Drew’s Collection here Ok Fine I was Drooling over his collection He says He currently owns 100 ant Colonies but has owned up to 400 colonies at one time in the past Look at this cabinet of ants doesn’t that just look amazing For an ant keeper this is like looking at a vault full of golden treasures its no surprise that he is the top earning GAN farmer of our GAN project in the entire World Drew was kind enough to have us take a look at his various personal colonies and I was interested in his amazing Harvester ant collection now for those who are new to harvester ants Harvester ant is a generic name for a variety of ant species in genera of ants that collect seeds they live in arid habitats and collect the seeds to store them in their underground granaries Which are useful to them when their is drought and when water is scarce they also obtain their water from metabolizing fats in the seeds they collect I was actually surprised to discover how many different Harvester ant species there were and how many drew here owned he says he currently owns 9 different Harvester ant species all native to California state in this video we’ll take a look at 5 species belonging to three different genera I will also include hidden videos of footage of each colony we look at in case you want to spend more time watching video of them So feel free to click on the icards as they pop up Now I want to start with these hard working girls Native to south western U.S.A These are Rough Harvester Ants known Scientifically as Pogonomymex Rugosus These ants were so cool. They are a mature 3 year colony. Look at them they just are non stop working. They’re pretty amazing right? This Pogonomymex Rugosus colony is housed in a simple aquarium filled with digging medium and a smaller aquarium placed inside to force the ants to dig closer to the glass. Harvester ants dig some very impressive burrows deep into the ground. They’re actually very important in the ecosystems they’re from. Because they’re great at tilling and aerating soil. Where they’re from, temperatures can be scorching hot and extremely dry so the deeper their subterranean caverns go the better Because they can remain cooler and much more damp deep in the ground. Alright so here’s something cool, a quick ant history lesson. For many decades now, Uncle Milton Industries Inc, A company founded in California in the 1950’s, By my idol, the late Milton Levine, released his famous plastic Uncle Milton ant farm Which allowed for owners to mail in a coupon, included in every package, Which allowed them to receive 20 to 25 worker ants in the mail to fill the ant farm. My very first ant farm as a kid, was an Uncle Milton ant farm. When I received my ants in the mail, all the way in Toronto, well they were all dead upon arrival. It’s okay, I got over it. But what’s interesting, is that the ants that Uncle Milton Industries ship out, are harvester ants! Did any of you guys have these as a kid? Remember reading the warning label to not touch the ants because they sting? Pogonomyrmex certainly do have stingers. Many hardcore ant keepers out there, like myself, share the exact same story. If it wasn’t for these Uncle Milton ant farms, I would never have gone on to seek other ant farm options and wander into the world of pro ant keeping, and, eventually, open AntsCanada.com. So, to Uncle Milton industries I pay all my respect as they are pioneers of the ant keeping hobby and, as the inventor of the first ant farm, Milton Levine will always be the godfather of ant keeping. Which brings us back to this thriving harvester ant colony. this huge colony was raised from just a single queen. If you look there you’ll see a chamber full of pupi this species creates naked pupi so the people i don’t have a silk outer casing like in some sense and you’ll notice that some of the Pupi Paillard orange these pupi are close to eclosing which means adult workers will be emerging from them soon harvester ants are digging machines and their bodies are perfect for their lifestyle so another quick and history lesson number to support this economic sense have this need structure called a psammophore but a basket of long hairs on the underside of the ants head that kinda looks like a beard right? Austrian taxonomist Gustav mayor saw this beard this psammophore and named the genus Pogonomyrmex which actually means bearded ant this basket of long hairs is actually used to help carry sand grains and seeds could you imagine if humans could use their beard to carry things like this oh and by the way it’s the females that have this beard another cool thing about this species of harvester ant is the way they settle territorial disputes with neighboring colonies of their own species this species engage in wrestling matches that’s right all you WWE fans in this photo taken in tucson arizona too rough harvester ants from neighboring nests engage in a wrestling match where they push and shove each other in a display of force but don’t actually harm each other it’s thought that colonies use these mock battles to gather information about their neighboring colonies knowledge about the strength of competing colonies helps and settle territorial borders without loss of life imagine if human solved our territorial disputes this way in the wrestling ring ok another mind-blowing thing here it’s time for our third ant history lesson number three okay so get this guy’s look how strange this species is one of the strangest recorded and phenomena is a hybrid zone between these pogonomrymex rugosus and another different species pogonomrymex barbatus apparently these two species hybridized in their ancient past leading to a pair of genetically complex daughter lineages that continually need to crossbreed with each other in order to make worker ants the Queen’s and males remained genetically separate young Queens need to mate with their own species to produce more Queens and males but in order to produce worker ants they need to mate with the other species in the same nuptial flight this means that in every single nuptial flight Pogonomyrmex rugosus and Pogonomyrmex barbadus each need to mate with their own species to give birth to alates but the Queen’s also need to make with the male’s of the other species during the same nuptial flight in order to produce her own workers isn’t that weird in other words if you took all the Pogonomyrmex rugosus ants in the world and place them on a single Island and all the Pogonomyrmex barbadus ant in the world and place them on another Island both species would be incapable of producing their own workers and of course this would mean that both species would die because well there aren’t any worker ants to do any of the work the two species need each other to survive isn’t that mind-blowing guys could you imagine if the continuation of the homo sapien species depended on our mating with a closely related species so weird now drew also has some other pogonomyrmex species like the smaller yet charming pogonomyrmex californicus here in a dirt setup sandwich between two panes of glass and pogonomyrmex magnacanthus a small species with big eyes in a dirtless setup. he also had several other pogonomyrmex mix colonies but we’d be here all day if we have to cover them all so let’s move on to a different genus of harvester ants these cool ants Are Novinesser cockerelli really look at how cool they look I love how large and leggy they are with seeds they drink honey water and accept insects they’re kept in a neat homemade setup composed of resin and ceramic now check out these Veromesser pergandei now for all of you in Europe with Messer ants it was thought that these veromesser pergandei were related to Messer but DNA tests showed they were not related but just evolved similarly these ants are polymorphic which means they have various sizes of workers from tiny miners to huge supermajors they’re just spectacular alright so if you would like to keep harvester ants what are the things you should know first off let’s look at the diet of course you need to offer these ants various kinds of seeds you also should supplement with insects depending on the species and sweets a varied diet is the key second let’s look at their formicarium you can offer your harvester ants with a formicarium that allows for digging like in this very impressive setup from our Ants Canada partner in utah Brian who owns a very impressive pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony housed in an upright dirtnest setup made of wood and two panes of plastic attached to AC outworlds where he feeds them just a reminder that the ants will establish graveyard sites and leave husks from the seeds in their outworld so you need to clean that up regularly for them or you can choose to house your harvester ants in a formicarium that doesn’t have digging medium at all like in Drew’s setups here now if it’s your first time to house harvester ants and you want to eliminate all guestwork and are looking for which products at the shop you would like to get just simply go to our shop and click the tab pogonomyrmex and you’ll see all of the products that we recommend for harvester ants i’ll put a link in the description box i personally highly recommend any of our omninous series for formicariums as seen here in this video sent in by ricardo Blackwood of his Messer Barbararus colony or a pogonomyrmex hybrid nest which is made for harvester ants and if you want to see them dig you can even add digging medium into the setup safety whatever the case harvester ants do not do well in moist nests and of course what nests would mean they’re stored seeds germinate which isn’t desirable harvester and queens can be found from March through October depending on species and VeroMesser can be found as early as February Drew says for him the easiest way to catch harvester ants is to dig out the dl alaits that have freshly dug out their founding Burrows after a nuptial flight this is what the Founding burrows look like you can also find them wandering above ground and they fly after Desert thunderstorms or if you happen to be from southern US you can visit our GAN project page on our website under the tab queen ants for sale and see if we have a GAN farmer in your state selling young colonies of harvester ants like Drew here who’s colonies range from 20 to 60 dollars USD depending on colony size rarity and difficulty in rearing he also has sold mature colonies of hundreds of thousands of workers for 100 to 200 dollars and just a note guys that in the u.s. it is illegal to transport and colonies with a queen across state lines so our again farmers in our GAN project can only sell ants to you if you are from the state that they’re from and you need to pick up the ends in person as we do not allow mailing of live ant colonies so there you have it AC family i find harvester ants to be some pretty amazing ants wouldn’t you say? I hope you enjoyed this part 2 episode of our thanksgiving series and get the chance to keep harvester ants if their from your area alright AC family you guys have been asking me for an update on them non-stop and so next week we finally revisit the Fire Nation so many of you guys have been asking me what they’re up to and boy do I have a video that was shocking they’re guaranteed to be on the edge of your seats as we watch crazy natural disaster befall the Fire Nation you won’t want to miss it so be sure to tune in next Saturday to catch every intense moment until then AC family its ant love forever

Ants Do Crazy Things For Sugar (feat. Fire Ants & Crazy Ants) | Ant Sugars Tutorial

Ants Do Crazy Things For Sugar (feat. Fire Ants & Crazy Ants) | Ant Sugars Tutorial


Welcome everyone to the fire nation Let’s give some caramel chocolate to fire nation here. How was this colony named fire nation? Well, it’s thanks to you guys who voted in a previous poll that was set up in one of my past videos. So, fire nation it is! Now these red tropical fire ants of Fire Nation love sweets. Actually, this is the very first time these ants have ever had a taste of chocolate. Look at how excited they are. The ants immediately identify that a large tasty treat has fallen from the skies and the message spreads fast throughout the entire colony. Excited, sisters come rushing out of the entrances of the nearby nest to have a taste of this delicious treat that awaits them. Now these ants don’t have vocal cords. So the only way they communicate is through pheromones and right now you better believe that the food pheromones are all over the place. Some sisters rushed to nearby satellite nests to deliver the news. These ants have no idea what this food is but they do know that it tastes great. Now, you want to hear something really cool? Ants have two stomachs. They have their own stomach and they have a social stomach. When they eat food on location like this they fill up their social stomach. The social stomach is kind of like a personal lunch box. Through a process called truffle axis, they ants transfer this food mouth to mouth. This means… the bulk of the Colony can remain inside the nest and they don’t have to venture out into the world outside, where there can be many dangers. Most of the colony remains inside the nest waiting for members who have ventured outside of the nest to return so they can eat the food. Upon return to [the] nest and the ants bring back the food stored in their social stomachs. This means that not a single member of the colony goes hungry and that includes all of the young. Isn’t that amazing? These ants have mastered food distribution and you want to hear something else that’s amazing in the ant world? Only the oldest ants are the ones that leave the nest. The senior citizens are the ones that venture out into the world outside. They subject themselves to dangers along the way, and it’s their responsibility to bring back food to the nest. Fire nation, will be a very happy colony because in just a few hours each one of these ants and their young will have had a taste of our delicious caramel chocolate. Our ants in the fire nation can rest assured that they’ll be able to survive another week. All thanks to… our giant delectable gift that fell [from] the heavens. Meanwhile in a colony near by black crazy ants don’t have it as easy. They need to solve this maze in order to get to this little drop of corn syrup Watch them go guys! Well that didn’t take very long. Now watch this ant that filled its social stomach and heads back to the nest. On its way back it leaves a pheromone trail, indicating that at the end of this pheromone trail lies a tasty treat. Look at all these crazy ants heading to the drop now. You’ll notice that they don’t even check out the other areas of the maze. They know exactly where the food is. It isn’t long before word spreads to the entire colony back at the nest that there’s a drop of sweets. Looking into the nest. Isn’t it cool guys? Look at them filling up their social stomachs. Now some of you guys might be asking all right well what about ants in the wild that might not be near human settlement where did the ants get their sweets? Well on a recent trip to the Pacific Island known as Guam, I was able to film some ants that get their sugars from ant counts. Oh my God. Look what I just found Solenopsis farming and some aphids. Okay, I’m gonna try to do this carefully because they’re probably going to try to defend their ant counts from my finger. But look, they’re totally farming some aphids there that it’s so great. Their ant counts for those of you who aren’t aware is defined as many species of ants Tending Ant counts have either aphids or some other kind of plant insects and these plant insects produce honey. Honey [is] a sweet secretion that they excrete the ends and retrieve food from the ends so it’s kind of like how humans have cows and we milk cows for milk. These ants milk these aphids for honeydew. It’s a great symbiotic relationship because the ants defend and care for the aphids. Really neat!! Another place ants can get their sugars is from nectar from flowers and in the process and pollinate the flowers. All right, we got ginger. I believe and I see some ants in there. If you look close in there. You can also see some other insects buzzing about. I believe they’re pollinating this ginger plant. Tutorial time alright guys!! Why do ants love sweet so much? Its not only for anthony protein which they get from insects or decaying needs but ants also need carbohydrates in the form of sugars like this chocolate. However most ants will consume sugars in the form of sugar water honey water or hummingbird nectar. You can offer this in a test tube set up or in a simple feeder by placing it in a container and poking pinholes. You can also try offering fresh fruit ant. Colonies need sugars because it offers the colony ATP which is energy. Workers work really hard around the clock and so they need this energy the most sugary foods also offer the colony a broad array of vital nutrients. So try to offer your ants different kinds of sugars and I promise you your ant colony will flourish. Alot of times people often write to us asking why their colony isn’t doing so well and everything seems to be right. They don’t offer enough sugars and usually it’s enough to solve the problem. Sugars and carbohydrates are just as important as protein in an ant diet. So please be sure to offer your aunts something sweet to get them going. Thanks so much for watching our video. Take care. See you next week. It’s ant love forever. Now I don’t know what is going on [here], but it is crazy! Thank you so much to all of our new subscribers, who watched our last video and who are starting to watch all the videos on this channel. I cannot believe how many people out there have ant love. I absolutely love you guys Thank you so much for joining the ants Canada family for subscribing to us and for watching our videos. We’ve got a lot of great ant videos coming up! I find ants are the most amazing creatures on this planet, and I look forward to you guys discovering just how amazing they are. They bring insights to ourselves and to the world around us. It’s that love forever guys. See you next week! Please, don’t forget to hit that bell icon thanks!!