Beach Ants

Beach Ants


Ever wonder if there are ants at the beach? Do ants take tropical beach vacation getaways
like humans do? The answer will surprise you. This week, I had the opportunity to spend
my Christmas on some secluded but tiny tropical islands, and my main goal was to find out
what the ants on secluded beach islands were like, how they lived, or heck, find out if
there even were ants on secluded beach islands at all! AC Family, let’s make a quick escape from
the on-going tales of our antiverse in my ant room in Manila, Philippines and travel
thousands of miles westward to a gorgeous tropical country called Maldives, tucked far
away out into the Indian Ocean, and find out what beach ant colonies are like, in this
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 Republic of Maldives is a South Asian
country composed of over 1,000 coral islands out in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian
Sea near the country of Sri Lanka. Its crystal clear waters, amazing wild life,
and luxurious beach resorts have made it a growing tourist spot for beach enthusiasts
around the world. I knew nothing about the place before coming
here, other than the fact that a few celebrities I follow online have vacationed here and posted
some pretty neat photos of the place. But when I arrived I was shocked to see not
only how beautiful it was, but also how rich the Maldivian wildlife was, both in the sea
and on land. Allegedly friendly reef sharks and some really
interesting marine fish swam all around us just outside our rooms, we interacted with
wild stingrays, which I had no idea was a safe thing to do, massive fruit bats flew
from tree to tree, huge solitary bees buzzed around, shore birds and herons hung out at
our pools, and super cute agamid lizards scurried about waiting for insects to pick off, and
oh, the plant life – man, that tropical, beach plant life though! But with such a lush and thriving ecosystem
on these secluded islands, I was sure there had to be ants here somewhere! So I asked the locals about where I might
be able to find ants and what type of ants existed in Maldives. Of course, if you’re not an ant nerd like
me, most ants might look the same, so the general consensus was that there were pretty
much only three types of ants in Maldives. They were described as follows: The first
type were described as being big and black, and that to me screamed Camponotus, i.e. carpenter
ants. Ooohh Maldivian carpenter ants! Super exciting. Let’s hope we see some today! The second were described as some small red
ones. That sounded like a fire ant species, perhaps
like our Fire Nation? We’ll find out! And finally some harmless black ones that
come in swarms, and of course, that to me sounded like black crazy ants! To think, our Dark Knights have a Maldivian
counterpart? So cool! So according to local sources, there were
these three ants and that was it. Now although Maldives was pretty geographically
secluded and each island was super small, I still found it hard to accept that there
were only three species of ants on these Maldivian islands, so it was time to find out! I booked some tours to go Maldives island
hopping and broke away from my tour group to shoot some ants! By the way, AC Family, if you’re excited about
today’s episode, please hit that ‘LIKE’ button and let me know. Alright so wandering off the tourist path
a little bit, I instantly came across this open sandy area with sparse vegetation, and
it was full of little pits. Ant holes! Check it out AC Family, it looks like we’ve
found our quote-unquote small, red ants! But looking closer at them, you could tell
right away that these red ants were NOT fire ants. These ants looked different from our Fire
Nation, but they were just as energetic! I loved watching them run about constructing
their holes and small ant hills. Have a look! Now one thing you might notice about the ant
hills of these ants is that they aren’t really huge nor too conspicuous. I feel when you live on a beach where you
don’t have a whole lot of plant coverage, you don’t want to make your fortress too obvious
and announce to predators that “Hey, this is where we live.” Now I couldn’t even pin a genus on these girls
to identify them, until I spotted from the corner of my eye this! A Supermajor! The supermajors were super shy and weren’t
plentiful. Now these ants weren’t our Titans, Asian Marauder
ants, but were probably a smaller and similar species belonging to the genus Pheidole. Red ant mystery solved! Let’s move on! My friend who was ant-hunting with me, called
me over saying “Hey, I found a huge black ant!” Yes, perhaps it was our native Camponotus! When I finally saw it, I was shocked and filmed
it with my eyes and mouth wide open the whole time. AC Family, check it out and see if you can
tell why! Do you see something funny about this big
black ant? Well, AC Family, this actually is not an ant. Believe it or not, this here is a spider! A jumping spider, to be exact, probably belonging
to the genus Myrmarachne. This spider was an ant mimic! Don’t believe me? That right there is its web den! Not only is its body shaped like that of an
ant, but it also moves its front legs in the same way an ant moves its antennae! Isn’t that just amazing, AC Family? Now you might be asking, why would a spider
want to mimic an ant? What evolutionary purpose? Well, there could be several reasons. First, many animals actually dislike or fear
ants, having learned to stay away from them due to their bites or their foul taste. A predator may choose to eat this jumping
spider before this apparent ant. Second, this spider may actually look like
her favourite prey, and so looking like an ant may help her get close enough to pounce. Whatever it is, these ant-mimicking spiders
of which there are hundreds of described species are super cool! Don’t you think? Ok, so this wasn’t our big, black carpenter
ant! Let’s move on! Plus, we still needed to find some wild Dark
Knights, Maldives chapter! Speaking of which, AC Family want to hear
something cool? Alright, so it made total sense that the Dark
Knights, commonly known as black crazy ants would be found here in Maldives. If you were ever wondering if ants take tropical
beach vacation getaways the answer is yes, they do, only they end up staying at these
tropical destinations, and black crazy ants happen to be the ultimate world vacationers. You see at one point these Maldivian islands
had their native set of ants species like the Pheidole ants, but as soon as the islands
began to develop and later turn into a tourist destination, it opened its borders to immigrant
ants. With human tourists, come the need for the
importation of supplies, including food items, building materials, decorative plants and
trees, and pretty much everything and anything that people can’t readily acquire on these
tiny islands. During a chat with the general manager of
the resort I was staying at, I was surprised to know that twice a week, huge barges of
supplies are shipped into the island to stock the resort with everything they need. And of course, with these supplies, can come
tiny ant vacationers traveling for free. All it takes is one pregnant queen ant, or
even whole colonies inhabiting any of the goods coming in, for a colony of immigrant
ants to establish themselves on a small island. They can even be hiding in something as simple
as a garbage can on a boat. And low and behold, near a school in one of
the local communities, I saw some naturalized Maldivian citizens of Dark Knights. As was described to me by the locals they
moved in huge swarms with such vigor and power! Having whole armies of immigrant ants like
these black crazy ants move in to a new place can be problematic for the local ecosystem
especially for a small island, because they can displace, kill, or out-compete native
ants, which already have stable relationships with the plants and animals around them. Imagine if these black crazy ants wipe out
a native species of ant that a certain species of plant depends on to disperse its seeds
or pollinate to bear fruit? Or what if these black crazy ants have a taste
for creatures that native ants typically leave alone? Black Crazy Ants, though we love our Dark
Knights, actually pose dangers to ecosystems especially on small islands around the world,
because of the fact that they are such avid world travelers. And so are these ants, ghost ants! Tapinoma melanocephalum. These tiny bundles of energy are called ghost
ants because of their semi-transparent gasters which make them look like floating heads. Ghost ants are also notorious world travelers
having established themselves in subtropical and tropical regions around the world. I spotted them forming a massive trail running
up and down this tree and towards the beach! And here is exactly what I was talking about! AC Family, look! It looks like these ghost ants have stolen
the bounty of some larger Maldivian native ant, and have formic acid sprayed it to immobilization. I watched as it kicked and struggled in pain,
as the ghost ants feasted on what was supposed to be a meal for the native ant’s colony. Scenes like this are heart-breaking, but it’s
part of the natural world where the survival of the fittest rule reigns supreme. So what are people doing now to try to stop
ant tourism? Surely, for islands like Maldives, human tourism
is an important industry, bringing the nation a steady amount of income, but how do we protect
the native ecosystems from falling apart due to invasive, tourist ants to these small islands
like those of Maldives. So, to deal with that, prior to landing in
Maldives, I was surprised to see that the Maldivian government required all planes coming
in to be sprayed with a pesticide. If you find it weird that they would do that,
check out this huge spider that flew with me sandwiched between the two panes of glass
making up my plane window. The flight staff told me, they had watched
that spider grow, which means, beyond the mystery of how it got in there in the first
place, it was actually feeding on a regular supply of insects! Fact is, insects can be anywhere and travel
thousands of miles with people more often than one would think. Also, thankfully, most countries are strict
with what fauna enter and leave its borders. Our GAN Project, which has supplied thousands
of ant keepers with ants for their ant farms also aims at reducing the black market trade
of ant colonies as pets to private owners, to help stop the migration of foreign ants
to new places, by connecting local ant keepers. But no other sight spoke the message of the
need for preservation of native ants and ecosystems as clearly and beautifully as this next scene
you are about to see, AC Family. At the base of one of the trees, near the
ocean, I spotted something totally magical! It was a huge, black ant! We found our native Camponotus ant. Wow! Look at how gorgeous it was! But then I noticed something even cooler! It was attending to some small tiny pink creatures,
and that’s when I realized, AC Family, that OMG, this carpenter ant was milking a mealy
bug. What we are witnessing here was a carpenter
ant milking an ant cow! You see the mealy bugs feed from the juices
within this tree root and if you look carefully, you will see the ant gently stroking the mealy
bug with its antennae. This stroking eventually causes the mealy
big to release a sweet secretion called honeydew, a bi-product, which the ant drinks up cum
gusto! I have never been able to film this beautiful
act of symbiosis this close. You can almost see the small appendage of
the mealy bug running through the ants’ mouth parts. Is that like an ant cow teat? I watched for a long time as the carpenter
ant milked the mealy bug then left to visit other mealy bug sites that it knew, including
this one which was a mealy bug with baby mealy bug calves around her! Isn’t this all just unbelievable. An ant farmer with her ant cows, AC Family. In order to preserve these beautiful and important
moments of nature, as has been the common message these days, we humans do need to be
mindful of our activities as key players in the natural world. The final ants I saw as I left Maldives a
few days ago, were some native black ants of which I didn’t know the species, relocating
a dead Maldivian native carpenter ant to an area not blocking one of their foraging trails. They were cleaning up! This made me think, hey if tiny ants can work
together at cleaning up a mess that isn’t theirs, why do we people have such problems
working together to clean up our own? It’s ant love forever. Yes! AC Family, thanks for watching another week
of ant discovery! Hope you guys are enjoying your holidays! What types of ants have you guys seen while
on vacation? Let me know in the comments! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch a super cool video of ants and other creatures
I shot in the wilderness and oceans of Maldives! And before we proceed to the AC Question of
the Week, in case you haven’t heard yet, our annual Christmas Sale at AntsCanada.com is
still in full effect but there are only two days left! This year we have a great sale on our brand
new Hybrid Nest 2.0 and our All You Need Formica Hybrid Nest Gear Pack! So if you’ve always wanted to get into ant
keeping, I have left links in the description box to these sale items so you can pick one
up for yourself or someone you love. We ship worldwide, but this sale ends this
weekend, so do place your order in, and we also have gift cards in case you would like
to get your special loved one an ant setup but are not sure what they would like. I would love for you guys to keep ants with
me and discover these amazing creatures that live in your neighbourood! Alright, and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the week! Last week we asked: Which of our ant colonies
was the first to receive their Christmas gift? Now this was a trick question because a lot
of you answered the Fire Nation which indeed was the first recipient of their Christmas
gift in the video, but congratulations to MobileChampion 21 who correctly answered: The Golden Empire It was mentioned in the video that the Gold
Play Button was considered the Golden Empire’s early Christmas gift, hence they technically
were the first. Congratulations MobileChampion 21, you just
won a free ebook handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Name any of the two species of
ants in this video that are not native to Maldives Islands. 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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New Room-Sized Ant Farm | Pharaoh Ants

New Room-Sized Ant Farm | Pharaoh Ants


Wow! Guys, what you will see in this video is truly
one of the coolest things we’ve ever done on this channel, and I cannot wait to show
you! Today we explore this newly created massive,
35 ft long ant farm setup I designed to house our newly caught Pharaoh ants from last week’s
video, and get this, it spans the entire ant room winding through furniture and room decor
with tubes that lead to some really cool living spaces. How has the new Pharaoh ant colony been adjusting
to these new enclosed territories? Did we catch a queen and are there any eggs? We even discover the colony’s very first world
event that posed a potential threat to their survival, so keep on watching until the very
end! AC Family, it’s time to enter the interesting
and unique world of our new Pharaoh ants, and explore the new giant, room-sized territory
we’ve made for them, in this eye-opening 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! Last week, we watched with bated breath as
we formulated some cool traps to capture sections of an intruding army of Pharaoh ants that
were raiding our Garden of Eden, a terrarium belonging our colony of Marauder ants called
the Titans. If you haven’t seen last week’s video yet,
feel free to watch it here after watching this video. After isolating large sections of the colony,
we were able to catch a good number of ants, and turn the traps into actual terrariums,
and as promised, it’s time to show you AC Family the home of our new Pharaoh ants, once
enemies, but now friends. But before we take a look at them, in last
week’s video, you, the AC Family, voted for the official name of our Pharaoh ants. AC Family, I am happy to announce that this
new colony of ours is officially called the Tomb Raiders. Look at them! Amazing! They’re still new in this setup, and they’ve
chosen to camp out together in one area, but we’ll get back to them in a second. Let’s take our first walk through their majestic
properties. Alright, let’s start here, in what I call
the Valley of the Kings, named after the famous valley in Egypt where, for a period of 500
years, tombs were excavated for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the Eighteenth to the
Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. It’s a simple plot of land with soils from
the Garden of Eden, so it contains Springtails to help with breaking down any waste left
in the valley. I consider it the Tomb Raiders’ valley area
as it is the lowest point of their entire property. Moving up the west side of the Valley of the
Kings we make our way up into Nefertiti’s Tunnel, named after the famous Egyptian queen,
and it’s here where our Tomb Raiders are camped out now. Not sure why they have elected this area as
the main nesting camp, but they are really digging Nerfititi’s Tunnel. Now, one of my concerns through all of this
was whether or not we managed to catch a fertilized, egg-laying queen. Pharaoh ant colonies which can be absolutely
massive can contain hundreds of egg-laying queens. The technical term describing this is polygyny. Pharaoh ants are a polygynous species, and
the queens themselves are daring enough to leave the safety of their nests to actually
feed out in the open with the rest of the colony on site! This was advantageous for us because during
the whole trapping process last week, I did make sure to capture a few queens, and look,
here is one now. But here’s the thing, yes, we had queens but
the question was whether these queens were fertilized queens? They could have been unmated, virgin alate
queens which of course meant they couldn’t lay eggs and perpetuate the colony. Without a fertilized, egg-laying queen ant,
our Tomb Raiders would all die out in just a few months. But look, just two days after living in their
new home, our Tomb Raiders are tending to growing piles of brood. It was great news to know that one of the
queens in here was actually laying fertile eggs. It’s hard to see through the polyvynil tubing
but it does look like we have some eggs and even larvae. Check out the size of this larva which was
filmed only 5 days after moving in, which means it developed from egg to mature larva
in just 5 days! That is insane growth! It seems our Tomb Raiders don’t waste any
time at creating workers. I feel they’re on the road to growing into
a really impressive army! Another reason why seeing this brood develop
so quickly was a relief, was because when Pharaoh ants hold their feeding raids, they
leave all their young back home wherever they are nesting. A smart move, but because our trapping system
last week involved using food bait to capture our Tomb Raiders, none of the colony we captured
contained brood, and considering that worker ants only survive for two months tops, it
meant that we would have a bunch of ants dying out over a two month period and eventually
nobody would be around to take care of the succeeding generation of ants and the queens. But, no need for us to worry about that now,
as our Tomb Raiders are thriving in their new home, and hey! Will you look at that? It seems some strangler Tomb Raiders from
the outside, members who weren’t caught have discovered their family and are trying ever
so desperately to find a way inside! I’ll tell you how I deal with these stragglers
later, but let’s move on. Nerfititi’s Tunnel opens up into the Tomb
Raider’s next home. Behold the Garden of Anubis, another beautiful
and simple living area with soils from the Garden of Eden, also containing Springtails. From here we enter the Nubian shelf which
extends eastward, but also comes to a fork. Let’s take a moment to move upwards. So check this out, AC Family, from the Nubian
Shelf the Tomb Raiders can choose to climb what I call the Pyramids Rise which takes
them directly into a completely dry, desert landscape of rocks and sands called the Rosetta
Stone Desert, named after the famous ancient Egyptian stone containing text written by
a group of priests in Egypt to honour the Egyptian pharaoh. This neat desert terrain in the Tomb Raider’s
highlands is left completely dry. The reason is because as a general rule, an
effective ant setup provides the ants with both a humid area and a dry area. You essentially want to give the ants a humidity
gradient, and the chance to hydroregulate, meaning allow them to move to whatever area
they want according to their humidity preferences. This is important especially for the young,
meaning eggs, larvae, and pupae, whose humidity needs are a lot more critical to survival
than the adults. The Rosetta Stone Desert provides our Tomb
Raiders with a dry escape if they ever need it. The succulent plant at the back is artificial
and I don’t intend to add any water or food in here. It is just barren land. Perhaps the ants may choose to use this as
the colony’s sacred burial grounds. We’ll see. By the way all of these terrariums you see
in this video are designed with the help of cool AC Biome Kits from our shop at AntsCanada.com,
which contain various decorations to help you design the perfect habitat and terrarium
for your ants. Another neat thing you might notice is the
large rock positioned at the back. Legend has it, that this rock is a piece broken
off from ancient hydrostone from a past extinct world in AC Lore. Perhaps those of you AC Family, who have been
subscribed to the channel for years may recall its origins. So let’s back track to the Nubian Shelf where
we descend down Cairo’s Drop, and come to Club Oasis. Of course, our tomb raiders need fresh and
clean water. This hydro station which was built from an
AC Test Tube Adapter and AC Test Tube offers the colony some clean water at any time they
need it. What’s interesting is that not every ant needs
to visit it. The Tomb Raiders simply send some messenger
ants to drink from it, fill up their social stomachs, then return to the colony to distribute
the water through mouth to mouth regurgitation transfer. These ants act as living water servants visiting
Club Oasis frequently and making sure all ants, queens, and young are hydrated properly. It’s an effective system because it means
not all members of the colony need to risk their lives by leaving the protection of the
camp. Moving downwards we enter the Garden of Alexandria,
after a good hydration, our Tomb Raiders can relax in this space, on Garden of Eden soils
before taking the longest trek in their setup on their journey to the next terrarium. Now AC Family, are you ready for this? As we saw in last week’s video, we learned
that our Tomb Raiders love to travel and are highly nomadic. So from the Garden of Alexandria, the ants
embark on a 25 ft journey up the Pharaoh’s Rise, behind my curtain, and across the great
Bridge of Horus, named after the ancient Egyptian sky god. The bridge of Horus winds around my curtain
rod and emerges in the eastern territories of the Tomb Raiders, down into what I call
the Osiris Underpass, named after the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld. I just love watching the ants traveling through
this stretch of tunnel! Coming from the other end of the Osiris Underpass
we enter the Sphinx Staircase, and we finally end here at the easternmost territories of
the Tomb Radiers, a place known as the Field of Aaru, named after the Egyptian mythological
heavenly paradise to which souls who qualified on their great journey in the afterlife remained
to rest. And this AC Family, is the vast home of our
Tomb Raiders. A 35 ft stretch of fertile land for the Tomb
Raiders to enjoy and travel through. Size-wise it doesn’t beat our Dark Knight’s
territories which spans over 40 ft of travel area, but for an ant whose workers are twice
as small as those of the Dark Knights, the Tomb Raiders actually have the bigger space
to travel relative to their size. And guess what, this colony is about to get
lucky. It’s feeding time! Today, I placed a pre-killed cockroach into
the Garden of Anubis. It wasn’t long before the ants moved in to
feast, not all of them of course, only the food servants. They would then bring the food back to the
rest of the colony stored in their social stomachs. Now as the ants were eating, I noticed something
strange. Wait a sec. Oh no! AC Family, look. Alien mold! This is very bad news. Oh boy! It looks like our Tomb Raiders are about to
head off on a rough start. Stay tuned next week for the continuation
of this epic ant story! But hey, if you enjoyed this video and want
to help these ants out, be sure to hit that like button, leave me a comment, share this
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for you hear, if you would just like to watch some extended play footage of our Tomb Raiders
living in their new setup. Now, before we proceed to the AC Question
of the Week, I have an awesome announcement to make! The holiday spirit is in the air and as we
do every year at AntsCanada, we are having our huge Christmas Sale on select items from
our shop! This year our brand new Hybrid Nest 2.0 and
our All You Need Hybrid Nest Gear Pack are 15% off! Yes, 15% off these brand new items, so if
you’ve always wanted to get into ant keeping, I have left links in the description box to
these sale items so you can pick one up for yourself or someone you love this Christmas. We ship worldwide, but just a reminder, you
must order before Dec 18th to get your order before Christmas so go get it asap! But if you’re not fussy about getting the
item before Christmas day, this Christmas sale as usual will continue until January
1st, 2018 and we also have gift cards in case you would like to get your special loved one
an ant setup but are not sure what they would want. I’d love for you guys to keep ants with us
on this channel and discover how amazing these creatures are in real life! Alright, and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the week! In last week’s video we asked: List any one of the phases of our
ant trapping process! Congratulations to NoNameNation who correctly
answered: Phase 6 – Captivity! We also accepted: Phase 1: Locate The Site Of The Colony
Phase 2: The Line Of Death Phase 3: Setting Of The Traps
Phase 4: Removal and Phase 5: Precautionary Maintenance Congratulations NoNameNation, you just won
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ask: Name any one of the sites
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and you could win a free ant t-shirt from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
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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,
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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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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
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