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!

Project Nucleus: How I Create Mini Planets Within Glass

Project Nucleus: How I Create Mini Planets Within Glass


Before we begin today’s episode, I wanted
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AC ant farm today! And now enjoy today’s ant episode! After a long and successful day, I looked
down at the clippings and dead tree I had collected from our projects. Ordinarily, I would throw these away, but
suddenly an awesome idea came to me, an idea that I felt could completely change and affect
the lives of every creature and terrarium in the entire AC Antiverse! AC Family, it was time to embark on a new
and exciting biological engineering project! Last week, we had two major maintenance operations
for two of our beloved kingdoms in the AC Antiverse. First, the mystical double floating island
of Avista, home to the Big-Headed ants, you named the Bobbleheads, underwent a serious
makeover, receiving a new island to their open-air ant archipelago. The Red Banyon tree, the Great Tree of Wisdom,
also needed trimming, so I snipped around their sacred tree, which resulted in this
gorgeous well-manicured main island. We replaced a dead tree with a new one, and
gave them a superworm as house warming gift. East of Avista, stands the Canopy of Vortexia. Our tree-top forest home to our aggressive
Weaver Ant Colony, The Emerald Empire. The territories also needed maintenance as
one of the trees had seriously overgrown. It was a scary operation to snip away at the
overgrown leaves and perform general maintenance with weaver ants wanting to attack me the
whole time, but the biggest thing that came out of this was that I also took the opportunity,
to improve the biological profile of Vortexia’s soil life, through the addition of roaches,
superworms and other creatures, and then sealing the entire thing up! It resulted in a clean, healthy, and bioactive
environment, where creatures could eat decaying materials, reproduce on their own, and be
hunted, all inside the Canopy of Vortexia. It was the epic creation of an entire, contained
ecosystem, and the way I saw it, like the creation of a mini-planet within glass. And this gave me an idea. This week, our journey towards creating the
ultimate homes for our ants and other creatures continues, as we launch a super cool, biological
engineering project, I call Project Nucleus, and AC Family, I think you guys will totally
dig it, no pun intended! So sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s
info-packed episode, as I show you how life of a successful vivarium begins, and how I
plan to create mini-planets within glass. In the past few weeks, my recent projects
of making more bioactive terrariums have been undeniably successful, bioactive, basically
meaning throwing in a bunch of different organisms with different purposes into a single enclosed
environment, resulting in a healthier and more dynamic life for our ant colonies, as
well as the fellow tenants living with them. In the case of the Dark Knights a few weeks
back, for instance, a new life with bagworms, millipedes, jumping spider, springtails, isopods,
worms, and who knows what else came with the layer of leaf litter and plants I threw into
their new home, which by the way needs a new name so VOTE here, AC Council, meant that
the ants could truly live like they did in the wild, defending their territory, with prey at their disposal, and home bioactively cleaned by creatures
that would eat their poop and garbage, converting it to fertilizer for the plants
which would go on to produce oxygen for the system, and so on. The partnerships of these various creatures
made for a very self-sustaining, biodynamic world! I thoroughly loved this streak of successfully
creating these super-bioactive terrariums on steroids, which ultimately gave me the
idea to start Project Nucleus. So, what is Project Nucleus, you ask. Well, it goes like this. So you may or may not know, every time I start
building a new terrarium, I either recycle aged terrarium soil or collect leaf litter
from my neighborhood and add it to the soil. I do this because soil creatures, like springtails,
mites, worms, millipedes, and isopods are needed to help breakdown organic waste in
the terrarium. Wilted leaves from plants, exoskeletons and
other wastes from the prey, as well as ant excrement are all broken down by these soil-residing
organisms. Without them, the entire terrarium may rot,
fungus take over, and just lead to a gross terrarium mess. Plus these soil creatures are the missing
link between organic waste and plant life, because soil creature poop from organic waste
contains a tonne of amazing nutrients for plants. The problem with using new soil to create
new terrariums is that they contain only a few of these creatures. It would take some time for a new terrarium
to develop the populations of soil biota, so as a general rule, the older the soil,
the more lush and abundant the soil life is. Now to better understand what I’m talking
about, and appreciate how cool of an undertaking Project Nucleus is, let’s take a look at one
of the amazing ant kingdoms in the AC Antiverse, on which a lot of you have been patiently
waiting for an update. Welcome everyone to the home of the Golden
Empire. This colony of Yellow Crazy Ants, scientifically
known as Anoplolepis gracillipes is one of the OG ant colonies of this channel. They were once a massive glorious colony of
millions but were unexpectedly hit by a lethal plague of blood-sucking mites earlier this
year, which reduced them to several hundreds. I rescued a small population and put them
into quarantine where I treated their vampiric body mites with predatory Hypoapsis mites
harvested from rhino beetles, of all places. And lucky for me, I was able to recover at
least 5 of the 7 queens and rid the colony of the vampiric mites. To rehabilitate them, I transferred them,
into this Hybrid Nest + Ant Tower setup. We even documented the cured Golden Empire
workers, transferring their brood into their new home. What a trip and triumphant day that was! During the mass emmigration, we also noticed
that the Hypoaspis mites were still living with the Golden Empire, assumingly protecting
the colony from future bad mite attacks. You can watch all of this here, by the way. So it was clear that these relationships with
smaller organisms like the Hypoaspis mites were extremely important for the ants’ well-being. And AC Family, you’re about to see how much
these relationships have evolved since they moved in a few months ago, and how it has
helped the Golden Empire flourish! Look! I’m happy to announce that the Golden Empire
is doing great. Here are the queens, who prefer to hang out
in their Hybrid Nest, which has become the main mothernest of the colony. They’ve been laying lots of eggs. Look at those egg batches being carried around
by caring workers. I estimate the colony is well over a thousand
workers now and is about to get even bigger. But what’s more amazing is this, guys! Other creatures are also living in the Hybrid
Nest, in cooperation with the colony. Here are springtails, known in the Antiverse
as the Springcleaners, which help eat decaying material, ant poop, and mold. We also have beneficial mites eating up the
same stuff. But check this out! For the first time on the channel, we get
a glimpse at a species of symbiotic isopods that live with the ants! Isn’t that amazing? The ants don’t attack these isopods, which
are actually crustaceans, who thrive off the garbage left behind by the ants, mold that
might be growing around the premises, and possibly their poop. It’s possible these isopods were living with
the Golden Empire the whole time since the beginning, back when they were still residing
in the Hacienda Del Dorado, but we’ve only been able to see them now due to visual access
of the Hybrid Nest. And that’s not all, guys. I even discovered there are silverfish-type
insects, living with the ants! I don’t know what species these little turbo
guys are, but I am pretty sure, they also have a key role at eating up dead insects
leftovers, ant poop, and fungi. So, guys check out the beauty of how this
all works. The Golden Empire has a system. So like humans, the colony produces garbage,
and like humans, the ants keep the garbage in piles and bury it. They’ve chosen designated areas of the Hybrid
Nest as garbage rooms. They also delegate certain areas for bathrooms. It’s essential especially in an underground,
moist environment for the colony to be as clean and systematic with their waste management
as possible so all hell doesn’t break loose and the colony dies from unsanitation. So once these garbage and bathroom spots get
too soiled and littered, the colony then buries these areas up, and that’s when the clean-up
team of soil creatures take over and work their magic. They’re small enough to fit into the tight
spaces of the buried chambers where they proceed to eat up the garbage and ant poop, and keeping
dangerous fungus that grows on the garbage and poop under control. A lot of you ask how I clean my ant farms,
and well, now you know. I kinda don’t need to, because the ant farms
bioactively clean themselves. The lifeforms take care of the maintenance
like they would in the wild. I just add water and watch it all happen! There’s even a whole other decomposition process
happening at the microbial level. If we were to take a look at a sample of this
ant nest material under a microscope, we’d find a whole other world of bacteria and colonies
of unicellular organisms also busy eating and decomposing organic matter. So as you can see, there’s quite the system
happening here. It’s mutualistic symbiosis at its finest,
which basically means there’s a cooperation between all parties for the benefit of all. It’s amazing to be able to see all of this
in the Hybrid Nest, because you can’t really see it happening in a terrarium, but I assure
you, this is what’s going on underground in all our terrariums, perhaps with different
sets of soil creatures unique to each terrarium. And look, the creatures even migrate and travel
through the tubes to and from the colony’s neighbouring satellite nests. Speaking of which, let’s cover up their Hybrid
Nest and briefly take a look at the Golden Empire’s satellite nest in the large Ant Tower
shall we? As you can see, this is the popular hangout
for the Springcleaners! A tonne of Springtails for some reason love
this place, and seem to be quite busy at the moment working on a leftover superworm. Now wanna see something cool: see this little
contraption with a switch? I turn it on and a light beneath the Ant Tower
illuminates from inside. For those of you who are new to ants, ants
are naturally photophobic which means they don’t like light in their nests, but it is
said that ants cannot see red light, so keeping the ants under red film and lighting them
up with red light, causes the ants to feel like they are shrouded in darkness. And peeling off this red film reveals ants
congregating in one of their chambers. Check out all the tunnels they’ve created
down to the bottom of the Ant Tower! Springtails can be seen frequenting all areas. Now, AC Family, after seeing all of this,
it’s now time to talk about my idea, Project Nucleus! Rich bioactive ant homes like the Golden Empire’s
here don’t happen overnight. The creatures are few at first, usually coming
in with plants, rocks, and soil that you first place into the terrariums and it takes months
to create populations as rich as the one we see here in the Golden Empire, and a good
year for it to really be established. And as you know AC Family, we are always creating
new worlds and vivariums on this channel, and it would be very beneficial to have a
constant supply of soil creatures, to help speed up the bioactivation process in newly
created terrariums. And so, my idea. AC Family, I present to you Project Nucleus. In this glass enclosure, I plan on creating
what shall become the Nucleus of the AC Antiverse, the creational furnace from which shall be
born epic populations of soil biota for future terrariums we make from here on in. If we could create a place where we could
culture soil creatures, a place with aged soil and an established soil ecosystem, then
when creating a new terrarium or ant home, we could simply scoop up a bit of the medium
from the Nucleus, to place into our new terrarium, and thereby help populate the new terrarium’s
soil with its team of soil creatures. One scoop of medium from the Nucleus, would
be enough to bioactivate any terrarium much more quickly than if it were just created
from scratch. Plus the medium produced by the AC Nucleus
would be super rich in nutrients for plants. My plan was for the Nucleus to be a place
where I could take leaf clippings, decaying material or waste, or even dead creatures
from other kingdoms of our Antiverse, and have them feed our Nuclear soil creatures
to be processed back into the soil. Essentially, we’d be creating a composter,
just amped up with a tonne of soil creatures. And so to build this AC Nucleus, we will be
needing various materials. So here we go. First, we need this glass tank, our Nuclear
furnace of soil life culture. Through the glass we’ll be able to see the
activities as well as the progress of the Nuclear inhabitants in real-time. Next, I’ll be adding activated carbon, to
keep the growing medium purified from harmful metals and chemicals which could poison the
populations of creatures living in here. Now, let’s move on to my worst fear in life,
ahem… Worms! I had to face these vile-looking creatures
once more. I began to use my trowel to scoop up earth
from the bag and I was immediately repulsed by these squirming African Nightcrawlers seething
from within the soils. As a scoleciphobe, it was disgusting to see
the worms squirming, but I knew I had to do this because earthworms are good for composting. They breakdown organic wastes and turn them
into valuable compost or black soil, which are great for plants! Plus, populating a new terrarium with its
starting team of earthworms is always a good thing. I placed the soil into the glass enclosure. As time passed, I forced myself to really
look at the worms. Some worms fell and I had to pick them up. Ugh! I had to coach my mind that the worms were
friends and harmless. Mind over matter. Mind over matter. I filled up the tank and pressed the medium
down a bit as I went along. When I had filled it to as much as I could,
I decided to actually pick the worms up and hold them in my hand. Not so bad, huh? Next, I added leaf litter collected from outside. I knew it contained lots of different soil
creatures that would be the forefathers, foremothers, and forehamaphrodites to bring our AC Nucleus
to life. I immediately saw that I’d scooped up lots
of millipedes. I couldn’t touch them, as this species produces
cyanide, so bad for the eyes and enough to make a human sick, but they would be great
at eating up decaying material. And Oh! Look! These millipedes immediately began mating. Wasting no time, I see. Also, I had a handful of leaf clippings from
Selva de Fuego maintenance. I cut these up so they could break down much
more quickly and placed them into the Nucleus, as well. Then I placed filter foam to cover everything
up, to ensure no mischievous fly could enter and lay their eggs inside the tank. We wouldn’t want to repeat the maggot episode
hehe… right? The filter foam also helps keep all Nuclear
inhabitants inside, while allowing the entire system to breathe. After adding all of the components, our AC
Nucleus was complete. Two days later, the Nucleus was already a
happening place. Millipedes were still mating, and I suspect
we’re about to get a booming population of them soon. I was surprised to see another species of
millipede had dug a burrow into the soils. Also, earthworms were seen everywhere! They created a network of burrows. And Oh! I could see worm casts. I also saw that they had dragged pieces of
the leaves into the soils for further feeding. Good job, earthworms! Such hard-working creatures. Not scary or disgusting at all… Sorta. I could also see several awesome mites already
starting to populate the soils. Springtails frolicked their new territories,
as well. And look! A bagworm was crawling along the top with
its constructed home made of debris. I didn’t even know we put a bagworm in there! I’m not sure what else we’ll be finding in
this increasingly bioactive chamber we call the AC Nucleus, but I can’t wait to see how
this soil ecosystem evolves over time, and eventually use it to help speed up the bioactivation
process of the terrariums we make in the future. In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot about all
this focus lately on bioactive setups for the ants and other creatures of the Ant Room,
and I feel AC Family that the AC Antiverse is approaching a new age, where more focus
is placed on creating more hollistic setups for the lifeforms we care for. Before, I used to create homes that would
usually focus most on one creature, one star on a stage, whether it be an ant colony in
an ant farm, or a tarantula in an enclosure. But I’m realizing more and more, after all
these years of keeping ants, that this isn’t the best way to house these creatures nor
appreciate them to the fullest. In order to properly and naturalistically
house them and watch them at their fullest potential, you need to do more than just decorate
their home in a naturalistic way. The key here is remembering the context, in
which the creatures live in nature. The ant colonies we care for and love, are
actually part of an interconnected food web, a piece in a puzzle and to properly house
them and witness them in their truest and greatest form, you need to include all pieces
of the puzzle. This to me means then that there should be
a focus on developing the necessary associated animals like soil creatures in their soils,
as we saw with the Golden Empire, prey creatures living in the territories as we’ve established
with Vortexia, and allow the system to develop a collective biological profile of its own
in an enclosed space, like we did with the Dark Knight’s new vivarium. I caught some surviving darkling beetles,
superworm survivors, mating within Olympus this week. Usually, I’d fish these out and place them
in my superworm bin, but this time, I decided I’d keep them in there. Also, as you can probably imagine, I’m running
out of room in the AC Antiverse, and while our future giant two-story ant room in my
new house is currently being built, I feel this merging of creatures to share a space,
may be a great solution to my now overcrowded ant room. A few months ago, I tried placing one of our
vampire crabs into the Selva de Fuego. Now hold on, before you freak out, normally
I’d never consider this because, in my mind, the Fire Ants as we know are savages, but
I also knew the crab occupies an entirely different niche, and can get away by retreating
underwater, and turns out AC Family, after 8 weeks, the crab is still alive and happy
in the Selva de Fuego. The Fire ants surprisingly don’t bother it,
and the crab goes about its daily activities picking up garbage and dead ants the fire
ants dump into the river, sleeping within the shadowy wet caves behind
the falls, and picking off organic waste and algae off
the rocks. Pretty awesome right? I’ve gone ahead and placed a few crabs into
the Hacienda Del Dorado, as well, where it now resides with a few microfrogs, shrimp,
rasbora fish, and trap-jaw ants. So as you can see, this new era for our Antiverse
and philosophy are both exciting and much more beneficial to the creatures we care for. It means a more deliberate structuring of
their worlds, so that the worlds can feed and sustain themselves, thereby minimizing
my interaction with them for the most part anyway. I realized recently, that as an ant keeper,
caregiver of life forms, and your Creator of Worlds, I’m not keeping individual creatures
in inanimate setups, but rather I’m keeping biodynamic superorganisms. The Selva de Fuego, the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Vortexia, Avista, Olympus… These are all superorganisms, composed of
a multitude of living components that all depend on each other for survival… Little dynamic planets of life in our ever-expanding
AC Antiverse. AC Family, I’ve learned it’s the difference
between just keeping pets and creating planets within glass. Speaking of making new terrariums, it just
so happens, another beast has been waiting in the shadows for you all to meet her. Yes, we have a new addition to our ever growing
AC Antiverse, and she’s one of the most dangerous animals to ever reside in the Ant Room. AC Family, I can’t wait to show her to you. AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? What do you think of Project Nucleus? Let me know in the comments. Next week, we meet our newest addition to
the Antiverse, so you know what to do! Smash that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON
for notifications now, so you don’t miss out on who our new dangerous but beautiful beast
is, and don’t forget to hit the LIKE button every single time, including now! It would really help a lot! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like a clue as to who our newest beast is. Maybe you might be able to figure it out,
so go check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Name one of the bioactive creatures found
in Vortexia. Congratulations to Tan Grace Lin who correctly
answered: Millipedes Congratulations, Tan Grace Lin, you just won
a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is mutualistic symbiosis? Leave your answer in the comments section
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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!

World’s Most Beautiful Tarantula in Peril

World’s Most Beautiful Tarantula in Peril


Alright, so now we move from the crisis we
had in the waters, to the crisis we have on land. So as you know, Imelda, our bird-eater tarantula
has now passed, and has transitioned back into the earth, but there’s just one problem
with that. As you may recall from past videos, our goddess
actually played an important role particularly for the Fire Nation, and more specifically,
an important role at containing them! I used her ant-proof webbing to keep our fire
ants from climbing out of their setup, but AC Family, now that Imelda the bird-eater
goddess has died, the Fire Nation has rejoiced and taken full advantage of her passing. I usually harvest and install new webbing
every time I notice the barrier weakening, and well, AC Family, it looks like time’s
up. New webbing is due for installment, as the
Fire Nation has managed to tear up the barrier that has kept them captive inside the Selva
de Fuego all this time. In fact, we are now in a grave state of emergency. And so AC Family, we needed a new source of
webbing, and it just so happens, I’ve found the perfect source. A provider of silk many times stronger and
more repellent than that of Imelda’s. She can also produce more of it, in a single
day than Imelda could in a week. AC Family, behold the new goddess of the Antiverse. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon, welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Our new goddess lays motionless on her back,
protected within her silken lair, with her legs dangling in the air. Have no fear, though, for when she has completed
this process, she will emerge with a brand new splendor, colour, size, and tenacity. Tarantulas like most invertebrates do not
exfoliate like we humans do, but instead outgrow their skin in stages, and must shed their
old skin periodically as they grow, and tarantulas like our goddess here, emerge from their old
exoskeletons on their backs. Molting is quite a sensitive and delicate
ceremony for our new goddess, where she is vulnerable to predators, which is why she
does it within the depths of her protective silken temple, where she remains like this
for several hours until the molting process is complete. We can’t rush her through this process, as
it is important she is allowed all the time she needs to molt and harden which can take
a few days to weeks. But there was only one problem with this. The Fire Nation has been mobilizing at escaping
their setup, taking full advantage of the fact that our former goddess’ web barrier
was weakening. Word had spread throughout the colony that,
the time had had finally come for their liberation from the Selva de Fuego, the great paludarium
kingdom they’d called home for generations. The only thing we needed was our goddess’
impenetrable, sticky, and lethal hair-lined webbing to place on all four corners of the
Selva de Fuego to keep the Fire Nation inside their setup, but we couldn’t do this until
her molt was complete and she had completely hardened. But as I watched, our new goddess with her
claws now hooked onto the walls of her funnel web, I knew the molt was near. Only time would tell if it would be on time
before a mass fire ant break out, but little did I know, there was also going to be a much
bigger problem on the horizon. The molt was complete. Our goddess had emerged in one piece, soft
and sensitive, moving her limbs from time to time as her exokeleton strengthened and
solidified in composition. This was her ultimate period of vulnerability
now, but she had nothing to fear, as we would be here to guard her from any harm as she
hardened. Wait until you see what she looks like later
when she’s fully hardened. Her species is known as a green-bottle blue,
and the colours of her new exoskeleton will truly astound you. That coming up in a bit. But guys, have a look at her fangs! They’re still white and soft. As they harden, they will turn black, and
those red hairs, will remain bright so that when she ever assumes a threat pose, the red
will perfectly bring attention to her razor sharp fangs, to anything stupid enough to
get close and attempt to eat or attack her. Though our goddess isn’t deadly to us, she’s
certainly dangerous to most of her natural predators. The next day, our goddess had righted herself
and was sitting quietly in her den, as she continued to harden. Some of you may be wondering where her old
skin was. Well, she had casted it off somewhere nearby
in her den, and the time was nearing for us to be able to go in and pull it out, and also
harvest some webbing to keep our ants inside. One week later… It was a state of emergency! Members of the Fire Nation had already set
up camp inside the LED lights situated above the Selva de Fuego! They were officially broken out and were in
the process of conquering and filling up the first bit of territory space, they’d never
before frequented. The lights were the perfect nest and station
to gather in numbers before the ultimate break out in my condo! This was not only a dangerous security breech,
but it was also, no pun intended, a great fire hazard! We needed that webbing and we needed it now! Thankfully, however, our goddess was ready
for us to move in and harvest. This was the space in which our goddess was
living, the terrarium in which she was raised as a younger spiderling, and in which she
came to us. It was a simple glass space, decorated with
some driftwood vine, coco peat substrate, and a Dracaena fragrans plant. She had chosen to create her funnel web lair
to the right side of this terrarium with the opening towards the top there. But how was I going to go in a harvest this
seemingly complex web structure? Well, the majority of the front of this terrarium
was a single glass pane that slides upward and my plan was to go in and harvest one end
of the webbing first. Alright, AC Family. Are you ready for this? We needed that web now! Here we go! Removing the glass pane. It slid out nicely and surprisingly did fairly
little damage to the silken web retreat of our goddess. My heart was racing a million miles an hour
as I scanned the situation to calculate where I would be making my first cut into her web. I hovered about with my tweezers and scissors. I was afraid that she would have suddenly
popped out to attack me as these tarantulas are extremely fast! I went in for the incision. Suddenly, oh, no! She brushed a cloud of urticating hairs at
me! Although I wasn’t hurt by the microscopic
defensive hairs, it was sad to see her kick it off because she had just molted and I would
have hated to see her bald so soon after molting. She could grow the abdomen hair back by her
next molt, but of course, we’d love to see our goddess fully haired. I went in with my tweezers! Now AC Family, before we go on to harvest
her webbing, take a close look at this! It was her old exoskeleton, a shell of her
old body. Check out that incredible, metallic blue colour
of her legs contrasting the firey peach colour of her mouth! It’s a bit flimsy and hard to handle, but
flipping it over, you can see her metallic turquoise chelicerae which hosted her fangs,
and the hallow combs from which each of her legs slipped out during the molt. I just love looking at tarantula shed exoskeleton! And actually, if you were to take the top
of the carapace which is usually here by the abdomen skin… well, usually somewhere here,
you can piece the entire structure together to make it look like a living tarantula. I also love examining the fangs! It’s probably the only time I’d ever come
close to touching her razor sharp fangs. I’ve done it on more docile species, but I’d
never try on her. But enough playing now. I needed to harvest that webbing! I went in and snipped away as carefully as
I could to extract a piece of webbing. I applied the patch of web to the most problematic
corner of Fire Nation escape. Done! But it wasn’t enough to cover the other corners
of the Selva de Fuego. I needed more webbing, but I needed the web
of her entire funnel to effectively contain the Fire Nation, but see, I didn’t want to
stress our goddess out and cause her to kick off more hair, so my plan was to go in and
remove her entirely so she could feel secure while I went in for the web harvest. I was going to try to move her into this container,
but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Here we go, AC Family! Wish me luck! With my tweezers I tried to coax her out of
her funnel and into the container. She took a short burst outward and with my
tweezers I tried to gently guide her into the container. My heart was in my throat the entire time! Here we go. Almost. Oh no! She’s moving to the other side. I blocked her from continuing that way, using
the lid. But with a little bit of careful maneuvering
I was able to get her into the container but not without her attempting to blast me with
a hurricane of urticating hair! No! More hair lost! But this was much better and less stressful
for her while I went in to collect her much needed webbing. What a gorgeous specimen! Now that she was isolated and safe from stress,
I went in to collect the rest of her webbing. It was enough to secure two other problematic
corners from fire ant escape. Thank goodness! Although the fourth corner was left unwebbed,
that corner for some reason was less problematic, so it could wait until she produced more webbing,
so at last, it finally was the end of our Fire Nation escape crisis, but AC Family,
little did I know, it was the revelation of a new one! Watch what’s up ahead. So here we had our goddess’ empty terrarium. It was nice, but if you’ve followed this channel
for awhile, you’ll understand it wasn’t AC Family nice. That Dracaena fragrans plant is a tropical
plant from Africa, and our green-bottle blue goddess, happens to be a desert species from
northern Venezuela. We could provide our goddess something much
better than this. Its current design also made it quite difficult
for us to continually open her terrarium to harvest webbing in the future, so AC Family,
I wanted to give our goddess’ palace a face lift before returning her in, and this renovation
was surely going to get messy. I had some epic plans for the reno. As a safety precaution, I had to put on some
surgical gloves, just in case she had kicked urticating hairs onto the surfaces of the
decor or substrate of her terrarium. This would protect me as I worked around. I then went in and proceeded to gut out the
terrarium of its contents. We needed to make this sacred space, better
suited to her species, more condusive to partial web collection, and of course, fit for a goddess! And AC Family, after some reworking, check
out what the terrarium looked like a couple hours later. AC Family, behold! Arachno Sanctorium, the reconstructed shrine
of new our Antiversal goddess. Isn’t it lovely? Arachno Sanctorium is a cozy oasis haven,
built specially for our goddess, and made to fit our need to harvest silk in a less
intrusive way. Let me show you around this gorgeous plot
of land. I’ve used a variety of different desert succulent
plants and aloe, as well as mosses and lichens, to adorn the arch of driftwood which used
to be part of the old setup. What’s great about these plants is that they
need no water nor sunlight, not even soil. Why? Well, they’re fake, which is great because
real plants need water to survive, and our goddess prefers it dry. And I’ve always believed that as much as having
real plants is beautiful and impressive, in cases like this, practicality wins, and I
truly love the aesthetic feel and energy elicited by this sacred space into which our goddess
shall be living. Now in case you may be wondering why the Arachno
Sanctorium seems a bit on the small side for space, no need to be concerned. Most tarantulas don’t move a lot, and feel
cozier in smaller enclosures. There is enough room for our goddess to set
up palace in this pocket of arid coziness. Speaking of which, AC Family, let’s look at
the Arachno Sanctorium from this side so I can show you why I love this new design so
much for our goddess. My hope is that she’ll create her web bedroom
all through here, and run her funnel down so it opens up and spills out to carpet this
open space here, where it can eventually reach the front glass. It’s this open area here, furthest from her
funnel entrance, where I hope to harvest her webbing in a less intrusive manner, in the
future. This layout also makes it less likely for
her to create her funnel up against the front glass like she did in the old design. Despite the plants being fake and not needing
light, I’ve secured a small LED light at the top to give her territories a beautiful warm
Venezuelan glow. Overall, the Archno Sanctorium was ready to
become the cradle of our new goddess. It was now time to introduce these grounds
to her. Here she was, sitting still and patient in
our container. Let’s move her in. I opened the cover. Now AC Family, here’s where I’m going to ask
you to watch carefully and see if you can spot something unusual. I set the container down in hopes to allow
her to crawl out on her own, but it was at that moment, that my body and breath froze. Time stood still for me, as almost spellbound,
I beheld the magical beauty of our goddess. I couldn’t blink as I was hypnotized by the
gorgeousness of her royal blue legs, which met at turquoise coxae, and carapace, a blackened
velvet base, with peach coloured tips, and a bright rusty red rump, that sported the
fuzz of dangerous urticating hairs, and look, light pink toe pads at the end of each foot. This goddess was easily the most gorgeous
spider I had ever seen in my life. She stood still unmoving in her spot, but
I didn’t care. I just wanted to stare at her forever. Wow! I gotta snap out of this, guys! She has me under her spell. This goddess has got some powers! What do you guys think of this green bottle
blue tarantula? Isn’t she amazing? Has she managed to get you under her spell? Now I didn’t want to stress her out anymore,
and I certainly didn’t want her to kick off any more urticating hair. We needed her to be as calm and relaxed as
possible from here on in. So with my tweezers I gently prodded our goddess
into the Arachno Sanctorium and that, AC Family was when I saw it! Did you? She clung onto the front ledge hiding from
us something that I am sure was causing her a great deal of stress. Had my eyes fooled me? I slowly tried to use a stick to see if what
I’d seen was indeed real. She trembled as she held her pose. My heart was breaking. I tried again but gently to let her know I
was here not to harm her. She reared up then backed up a bit. AC Family, look. Just as I feared. It was no wonder I couldn’t find the carapace
when we were examining her shed. Our goddess’ carapace was still stuck to her! I tried to move in carefully with my stick
to attempt to gently remove the carapace. Suddenly, I found myself in an emergency situation,
a surgeon attempting a delicate impromptu operation. With my stick I tried in vain to at least
flip it off and see if it was even removable. Perhaps it was just hanging by some attached
hair or skin. I then decided I would go in with my tweezers. I gently got under and tried to flip the carapace
off. This did not look comfortable for our goddess. I tried again, but this time much more securely,
and this caused our goddess to jump back and leap away. This told me that the carapace was indeed
attached to a sensitive spot on her new exoskeleton. I felt so bad for her. She begun to spin her immediate area with
silk. Now, I’ve kept tarantulas since I was a 13
yr old boy, and in all my 24 yrs of owning dozens of tarantulas, this was the very first
time I’ve ever experienced a failed molt. According to online forums, some hobbyists
attempt to remove the old skin, but others say not to touch it, and that it will fall
off the next time she molts. I just didn’t want to risk causing a breech
in her exoskeleton at the attachment, which would lead to lethal bleeding, and death. I just felt so bad for our goddess. She continued to spin the territories with
her thick fibres of silk webbing. I couldn’t do nothing, however, so with a
wet q-tip, I went in to apply some moisture at the spot where the carapace was attached
to the pedicle in hopes that it might facilitate its removal. Would she let me? Yes, she stood perfectly still as I applied
the water, and then again… Woops! I accidentally touched her leg. I suddenly felt like I was truly playing a
real life version of the board game Operation! More moisture… She stood perfectly still, as I gently applied
more and more water to the problematic spot. My heart sank as I could see her beautiful
face beneath her old carapace, and it looked to me like she was truly sad, and frightened
for her life. Our poor goddess. Such a beautiful creature going through such
a tough time. I decided to leave her alone now. She eventually made her way to the back of
the Arachno Sanctorium to spin more silk, and rub off more protective urticating hair,
probably to keep us away from her. But there was one last thing I wanted to do. I wanted to add a bit of moisture on this
lower end just in case she was finding this enclosure too dry. I also added a small dish which I filled with
clean water for her to drink when needed. And now all was complete. I replaced the front glass to secure her inside,
and carried the Archno Sanctorium to take its spot in the Antiverse. Over night, I hoped she would continue web-building. And sure enough, the next morning, she had. Have a look! This basic frame work of webbing was the start
of what would become a great web palace. Her old carapace had still not fallen off,
but it seems to not have affected our goddess’ ability to do her thing much, which was good. I tried to appreciate this time of full visibility
because a few days later, this is what the Arachno Sanctorium looked like as of 9 AM
this morning. Whoa! Isn’t it amazing? This web fortress will continue to get thicker
and take on a greater structure in the coming days. From what I can see the carapace is still
stuck onto her. Tarantulas typically won’t eat several days
or weeks after a shed, but when I do feed her and she does manage to eat, we’ll be certain
her old carapace is merely an accessory, like a tiara sitting on the head of the new goddess
of the Antiverse. Her webbing will be valuable at keeping the
Fire Nation within their territories, establishing peace and balance within the Ant Room. Alright, AC Family, I think you know what
is next! What should we name this green bottle blue
tarantula? Leave your name suggestions in the comments,
and as always I will choose my top 5 favourites for us to vote on in a future video. Our tarantula, reigning supreme with her carapace
crown-like halo, is representative in my mind, that the past does not have to hinder one’s
bright future. To me, this tarantula of ours is not only
the goddess of our Antiverse, but also takes the throne as the most beautiful tarantula
in the world. Alright AC Family, what did you think? Do you like our new goddess and her shrine. I sure hope she manages ok with that stuck
carapace. It seems she really loves the Arachno Sanctorium,
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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
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I Stuck My Arm into Thousands of WEAVER ANTS

I Stuck My Arm into Thousands of WEAVER ANTS


Before we begin today’s episode I wanted to
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AC ant farm today! And now enjoy today’s ant episode! Speaking of trees and being vigilant, making
sure everything was in order, I noticed the Canopy of Vortexia, our tree-top forest home
to our aggressive Weaver Ant Colony, The Emerald Empire was in need of some serious maintenance. First, the piping of the rain system had unstuck
from the glass. Also, the trees have seriously overgrown and
they needed to be cut back big time! But there’s just one problem, the only way
in was to open these front glass doors and well, it seems the weaver ants had decided
to fuse its main leaf nest to the glass. Oh boy! This whole maintenance operation was going
to be interesting! Last week, we had a fun-filled journey exploring
various kingdoms in our AC Antiverse. We visited Pacmania, this moss-adorned home
of our Surinam horned frog. Also, we prepped the moat surrounding Skull
Island, home to our ghost ants. And of course, our biggest accomplishment
last week, we crafted the greatest vivarium we’ve ever created in the AC Antiverse, a
multi-species, bioactive domain for the Dark Knights. These exciting journeys of discovery and adventure
around the ant room certainly don’t end there. This week holds yet again, another exhilarating
episode as we continue to dig deep, climb up, and experience first-hand the marvelous
territories of our beloved ant colonies. AC Family, without further ado, let’s begin
this week’s exploration! Standing tall in our collection of ants and
other animals, here in the AC Antiverse, is the Canopy of Vortexia, home to the extravagant
Emerald Empire. This savage colony of weaver ants, scientifically
known as Oecophylla smaragdina, has shown us their brilliance through the building of
their cool leaf basket nests in the trees, their collection of protein sources, and even
through their apparent understanding of sustainability and growth management of the Vortexian trees
on which they live. It seems that we have seen practically everything
these mighty and hard-working arboreal ants can do. But, this time, I wanted to push the boundary
of what is possible for the Emerald Empire’s housing, and it involves sticking my arm and
even my face into their highly guarded territories. Yup! It’s totally crazy, but hey, someone’s gotta
do it, but don’t worry. I have a plan, so stay tuned for that. But before we get started, for those of you
who are new to the channel, let’s catch you up to speed. In celebration for reaching 3 Million subscribers,
I decided try keeping these highly popular ants in the ant world – Asian Weaver Ants. Native to Southeast Asia, these Weaver Ants
are known for their arboreal life as they build their nest atop trees. To create their homes, they use silk produced
by their larvae effectively gluing tree leaves together. The transpiration from the leaves helps naturally
humidify the insides of their leaf nests, and as the leaves wilt, the ants go on to
create new leaf nests on the same tree. They seem to know when to start new nests,
which they do well in advance before their current nests wilt, and appear to somehow
have a feeling for how much their able to build sustainably so that their host plant
doesn’t die out. They’re surely one of the most captivating
ant colonies I’ve ever kept. Three months after the creation of the Canopy
of Vortexia, this is what the territory looks like now. Look! The trees had overgrown. Seems they had been working on plans for this
money tree to grow much taller and their plant management initiatives have been working! This money tree has grown leaves that extend
up to the top mesh, but here’s the very concerning problem with that: if I leave this tree unchecked,
I know for certain that its force would eventually push through the mesh, destroying the terrarium,
and setting the ants free. Hey, wait a second! Could this be the Emerald Empire’s master
plan of escape? OK not gunna even go there! Also, there were other tuning and maintenance
issues that needed to be dealt with like dislodged piping from the rain system, glass cleaning,
a hanging dead leaf nest which drove my OC mind insane, and this stray plastic cup that
fell from their feeding plate, which I’ve been dying for months to pick up and dispose. Given these major and minor concerns, it was
no doubt in my mind that maintenance was needed, but due to the way their enclosure was designed,
the only way I could get in was by opening these two front glass panels, so going into
Vortexia wasn’t something I could do every day. Vortexia maintenance definitely was something
I intended on doing as infrequently as possible and only when necessarily needed. Now AC Family, check out what else I was thinking
regarding all this! So the Dark Knight’s new bioactive planted
vivarium home we made last week, full of creatures like millipedes, bagworms, jumping spider,
etc living with the ant colony, made for a very self-sustaining ecosystemic environment. So I figured, then, if Vortexia was also made
much more bioactive, theoretically it would mean that I’d have to open the terrarium less
often and perhaps even improve the quality of the Emerald Empire’s life by making their
home much more natural, much more bioactive! And so AC Family, after careful thought, it
was then that I decided, while doing maintenance on Vortexia, it was also time for us to upgrade
the territories a notch, and transform Vortexia into a multi-species, bioactive vivarium. But before I tell you how I’m going to do
that, and what creatures I plan on adding to Vortexia, there was a neighbouring ant
kingdom that was also in need of some maintenance. To the West of Vortexia, sits the mystical
double floating islands of Avista, home to our Big-Headed ants, the Bobbleheads. You, the AC Family, named them after the big
heads of the supermajor workers. Take a look at how some of these supermajors
sport rather comically enlarged heads, compared to the ordinary workers. The big heads specialize in cutting things
up by the way! The great jaw force of the colony! Of the entire AC Antiverse, the home of the
Bobbleheads stands out because it is our only truly open-concept, glass-less ant setup. As you may see here, the potted bonsai plants
are rooted down into the soils which extend into these two jars which hold the island
up. Meanwhile, these jars are placed in the middle
of a glass enclosure, whose short walls are covered in baby powder, thereby keeping the
ants within the premises. From afar, the home of the Bobbleheads look
like floating mini-gardens. A second island is situated there in the back,
but we’ll visit that island in a sec. At the center of the main island grows a bonsai
red banyon tree, that we call the Great Tree of Life. The tree gets its name because it provides
life to the Bobbleheads in a few interesting ways. First, the tree offers the Bobbleheads shelter
as they nest beneath the solid tree, protected among its roots. It also houses herds of mealybugs, which the
ants farm and milk for their sweet honeydew excretions. Finally, the tree also eats up their ant poop,
a great fertilizer! In fact, this partnership between ant and
tree has been going so well, that the tree has grown profusely, and I’ve had to continually
trim the tree back almost once a week. In fact, I am about to do it now. Here we go! I started with the outer leaves. Now, watch this, guys! Every time I snip or fiddle around with their
sacred Tree of Life, the Bobbleheads get super mad! The ants never back down from defending their
precious tree! This has become a weekly ritual now. And oh boy! Here they come! The Bobbleheads came rushing out of their
nest with a sole mission to bite and attack my giant hands from the skies. Sorry Bobbleheads, but this process is essential
for the maintenance of your sacred Tree of Life. Hang tight! Ok, I’m done! Sheesh! No need to get feisty! Now, trimming the tree was not all that needed
to be done. First, the second island’s tree had actually
died. This once luscious bonsai tree of a different
species was now withered and dead. I suppose the species of tree did not fare
well in the semi-shaded conditions of my window, so it died. However, I couldn’t just get rid of the island
because ants were still nesting within its soils, as well. I needed to plant a new tree there to replace
the dead tree, because it does seem trees happen to be the Bobbleheads’ secret to success. I mean, look at how big the colony has grown
over time! You can truly appreciate the sheer size of
the colony every time I water the islands. They always come rushing out with their brood,
and I even get a glimpse of the royal queens surfacing at times. It was clear that this supercolony was now
bigger than ever. And so AC Family, aside from restoring their
second island by planting a replacement tree, I felt it was finally time to also give the
Bobbleheads a third floating island. Back to the Vortexia, I knew making the territories
more bioactive meant introducing more organisms to Vortexia, and so here was my plan! First, I knew I needed to increase the ground
cover vegetation. So I felt this gorgeous-looking heart-leaf
philodendron, scientifically called Philodendron cordatum, one of the hardiest terrarium plants
I know, was perfect. Next, I wanted to add some awesome leaf litter,
scooped up from my neighbourhood. It contained tonnes of springtails, isopods,
millipedes, and beneficial mites that would help breakdown organic waste to help fertilize
the plants in Vortexia. And hey look what else I found: this leaf
litter also contained a miniature species of forest roach. How cool right?! Speaking of which, check out the next creatures
I wanted to add: Dubia roaches, scientifically known as Blaptica dubia. These roaches, as you may or may not know,
are my feeder roaches, meaning I pre-crush them and feed them to various animals of my
Ant Room. But, after thinking about it for a bit, I
figured these roaches would be an awesome addition to Vortexia! They can eat decaying leaves that fall to
the floor, plus possibly the dead leaf nests from the trees. If you wish to know more about these underrated
and seldom recognized Dubia roaches, here’s a video I made about them and their home. Plus, I have been noticing that every now
and then, the Emerald Empire has been catching darkling beetles in Vortexia. The mealworms and superworms that we feed
to our various colonies in the Ant Room are actually larvae of darkling beetles. I guess sometimes the superworms survive my
pre-crushing somehow and manage to escape the deadly mandibles of their ant predators,
seeking out safe locations within the terrariums to proceed with the process of pupation, and
development into these shiny black darkling beetles, and it seems the Emerald Empire has
managed to successfully hunt these survivors at ground level. I’ve actually seen this happen with the Fire
Nation and Dark Knights, as well. Given these past experiences, I figured, why
not try to allow insect prey to populate the floors of Vortexia, reproduce on their own
while eating up decaying matter like they would in the wild, but also provide the Weaver
Ants with a supply of prey items. Now wait! I know what you guys are thinking! Ahhhh AntsCanada has changed his ways! He’s now condoning live feeding! Let’s cancel him! Hold on! I still make it a personal rule to never feed
live prey to animals like ants, that don’t need to eat live prey, because it’s a slow
and painful death for the prey item, but in this case, the prey animals would have a great
chance at escaping and avoiding the ants, by burrowing into the leaf litter or into
the ground, and can otherwise feed, breed, and live normally as they would in the wild. It theoretically would be an equal playing
field for prey and predator, in my mind anyway, so the cruelty factor isn’t technically even
an issue both for the Dubia roaches and darkling beetles living with the Emerald Empire in
Vortexia. The ants could simply wander around the forest
floor below their leaf nests to hunt for prey, which the ants do in the wild. I am sure that the co-existence of Vortexian
prey and predators would make for a very interesting bioworld. So first, I needed to remove this dead tree
on the second island in order to replace it with the new tree for the Bobbleheads. I removed the entire island from the island
network. Taking the island off its foundation base,
you can see that the jar is filled with soil in which the Bobbleheads were still nesting. I knew that removing the tree from the pot
had to be done with the utmost care because surely there were still ants nesting in the
soils. I was already expecting a tonne of Bobbleheads
to come rushing out once I they felt me touching their dead tree. So, here goes nothing! I carefully removed the rock from the island
then proceeded to cut the tree off at the roots, then attempted to firmly but carefully
pull the dead tree from the pot. Pop! The tree broke right off, and I made a bit
of a mess, but thankfully, no ants came boiling out. Perhaps they didn’t care about the tree much
since it was already dead. Good! Now, in its place I wanted to plant this baby
Schefflera plant, which also happens to be the same species as one of the trees used
in Vortexia. I feel this would be a better adapted plant
to the conditions next to my window, seeing as it’s done so well in Vortexia. I planted the Scheflera plant in. OK, so THIS WAS THE CRAZIEST THING I’ve ever
done in my life! I know you’ve heard me say this before, but
No, this is! As you may or may not know, although these
weaver ants don’t have stingers like the Fire Nation, they still possess some powerful mandibles
and a bite from these ladies combined with a painful formic acid spray is enough to make
any trespasser scream! Plus, what made this operation extra scary
was that the Emerald Empire had decided to fuse their main leaf nest to the door of their
terrarium. Could this get any more scary? I worry that as soon as I open this glass
door, it would rattle the nest, setting the weaver ants into an angry frenzy. I needed to prepare myself and make sure I
had a plan of attack. I needed to know what things I had to grab,
cut, pull out, and add before I went in to the territories. There was no time to think as soon as those
glass doors were open! I ran through the motions and checklist of
tasks in my head many times, as I knew it was imperative to get things right the first
time so the tank would be open for the shortest amount of time possible. It wasn’t a matter of if the weaver ants would
be attacking and escaping, it was a matter of how many! So AC Family, here was my plan. Are you ready? So, apparently there’s a superstition or tradition
among mango farmers, who have to deal with these ants when harvesting mangoes. Legend has it that if you whisper to the ants,
telling them that you are a friend and aren’t going to harm them, the ants will leave you
alone and allow you to pick the fruit without launching an attack. If the legends were true, this told me then,
that it was possible to work around these ants as long as I was gentle, and not just
obtrusively moving in shaking things around like a predator. Boy, did I hope I was right and the legends,
true! I put on my gloves and covered my hands and
arms with baby powder. There were ants that were already showing
signs of wanting to tear my skin up at the earliest opportunity. Why so aggressive, ladies? You can even see them here congregating at
the door opening, ready to greet trespassers with mandibles and acid. But I had no choice. Vortexia needed maintenance and there was
no other way. I took a deep breath… and looked down at
the key that would unlock the door. AC Family, behold, the new island I planned
on connecting to Avista. Isn’t it cute? It had three bonsai’d money trees, also one
of the two trees in Vortexia, so it was bound to do well as part of Avista. Green moss grew like a carpet along the front
of the island. I prepared the tray on which the new island
would rest by mixing baby powder and rubbing alcohol and painting it along the walls. Once dried no Bobblehead would be able to
scale these vertical surfaces. I then proceeded to add the two new islands
to Avista and arranged for the driftwood to create the connecting bridge between the three
land masses. And there we have it, Avista is now officially
an archipelago. Aren’t these islands beautiful AC Family? Looking from afar, the islands were a luscious
garden of greenery. I couldn’t wait to watch the Bobbleheads explore
their new territories, and of course, as always, in celebration of their new home, I provided
them with a tasty bite! “Please don’t bite.” I whispered softly, summoning up the most
calming words that came to mind: “Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel…” OK just kidding. That’s not what I said. Ahem… “Emerald Empire, I come in peace. I’m a friend, your Creator of Worlds”. The ants menaced me from the edges, watching
the tape being removed from the doors. “I am not interested in destroying your home.” With the tapes removed, I unlocked the door
and slowly opened one of the panels. Oh, there! The glass panel opened and to my surprise
the leaf nest detached quite easily without too much fuss — thank goodness! While some brave ants decided to wander out
and escape, I decided not to mind them for now, and focus on the task at hand, moving
as slowly and gently as possible. It seemed to be working. The ants weren’t rushing in a mad panic, but
were strangely standing quite still watching me. First things first. I went in and wiped the glass and the sticky
pads of the piping to improve its suction. Reattaching. There! Pipe reinstalled. One task down. Next, it was time to go into the canopy! I went in carefully and snipped away at excess
leaves. It tripped me out to see the weaver ant nests
so exposed to the outside world for the first time since they were moved in. I had to be extra careful not to touch any
of the main branches or groupings of ants. All it took was one startled ant to hit the
panic button, which would set off the release of thousands of angry weaver ants onto my
body and ultimately out into the ant room. Snip, snip. I placed the clippings on the ground. As these leaves decay, they’d contribute to
the bioactivity of the vivarium. This would also make sure that we keep any
weaver ants still clinging on to these leaves. I could feel some weaver ants crawling on
my neck now but surprisingly not biting me yet. They even crawled up my legs. The weaver ants were now all over the immediate
area and on me. The whole time, I felt like I was performing
a complex medical surgery, with guns pointed at me, ready to fire at any moment. I was holding my breath and made sure to be
unwaveringly present in mind and body. My movements needed to be precise and accurate. Every moment was crucial. My heart was beating loudly in my ears the
whole time. I noticed so many ants were already wandering
out of the terrarium, and it was in that moment that I received my very first bite Ahhhhh! The Bobbleheads were biting the superworm
housewarming gift, I gave them with such joy and gusto. It wasn’t long before the Bobbleheads had
discovered the two new islands we had prepared for them. It was so awesome to see! Ants traveled across the driftwood bridge
to check out the new territories they could call home. It was moments like this that made ant keeping
just so fulfilling! Ahhh! I brushed the biting ant away. Despite the bite, surprisingly, the majority
of the ants were still calm. I had to keep going and not be bothered by
the pain. I proceeded to carefully remove the dead leaf
nest and rest it onto the floor. Gosh, I had dreamed of removing this hanging
piece for months, I can’t even begin to describe! Now it was time to add the leaf litter. I made sure that every bit of the ground was
covered in this magical medium sauce teaming with bioactive life forms. I proceeded to add the plant. Then, I dumped the Dubia roaches. I threw in the superworms to join the party. And just when I thought everything was complete,
I remembered there was one last suction cup to restick onto the wall to fixate the pipe. But to reach this, I had to open the other
glass door panel. Now, all of the Canopy of Vortexia was exposed
to the outside world. Reaching deeper into the terrarium to restick
the pipe onto the glass, I found myself face to face with the Emerald Empire, just inches
away from my head! And when I thought that I had experienced
the worst part, there came another big surprise. Another bite “AHHH!” While the Bobbleheads were enjoying their
superworm, another battle was happening. Just nearby the Bobbleheads had seized a trespasser. A wandering weaver ant had somehow managed
to set foot on the new island. Of course, there was no hope for the weaver
ant against the Bobbleheads, who pulled at the weaver ant from all sides and mauled it
to death. A second weaver ant had also been unfortunate
enough to land on the island, and the Bobbleheads were quick to capture it. I suppose the weaver ants managed to climb
up into the lighting fixture above Avista and fell down to their demise into the foreign
ant kingdom. There was just no hope for them though, as
they were greatly outnumbered. The Bobbleheads were indeed savage! Arghh! The Emerald Empire was indeed savage! I had to finish up now! I restuck the last piping found on the other
side of Vortexia, and just like that I was done. I had only been bitten twice during the ordeal,
which is not bad! I sealed the tank up and the mission was complete! I was happy to know that it would be months
until the next maintenance visit into the Canopy of Vortexia was due. And just on time, the great typhoons arrived
to cool off the lands! Over the past 4 days, the Bobbleheads had
settled into their new network of triple islands quite nicely. I ended up swapping out the base to one large
shared glass pan for the two smaller islands, as this was much more space-efficient. My dreams of Avista becoming a huge archipelago
of floating islands were coming true. As were my dreams of Vortexia. AC Family, look! It was now a multi-species vivarium. The roaches lived happily in the forest habitat
provided by Vortexia. They occupied the leaf litter, huddled in
spaces within the driftwood, and even were daring enough to climb up into the treetops
and congregate along the screen mesh. Escaped ants were collected one by one by
hand over the passing days and inserted back into Vortexia. The rest were hunted down by the house geckoes
that run loose in the Ant Room. Speaking of hunting, I did also catch the
ants hunting the roaches. Look at this! They caught a huge adult male! I had no idea they could seize prey this big! Or maybe it had already died and they were
opportunistically making use of the carcass? Whatever the case, now that these tree-dominated
territories of Vortexia and Avista were restored anew, and the ants residing in these lands
we created, enjoying upgrades to their homes, it filled my heart with so much joy. One thing’s for sure, I learned today how
intimately connected my ants were to the trees that lived in their territories, how protective
they were of them, and just how much the health and well-being of the ant colonies inherently
depended on the health and well-being of the plants they live with. Isn’t that something we continue to discover
every time we step into these microworlds of our ants, AC Family? That to truly appreciate one organism, one
must understand the bigger picture, understand how its connected to other organisms around
it, and when you do, understand why its important to tend to, clean up, restore, respect, and appreciate the interconnected-ness of
life and the environment in which it is contained. And due to this great interconnection, Mother
Nature has set up, I learned this week, that in caring for life, we inherently care for
ourselves. After a long and successful day, I looked
down at the clippings and dead tree I had collected from our projects. Ordinarily, I would throw these away, but
suddenly an awesome idea came to me, an idea that I felt could completely change and affect
the lives of every creature and terrarium in the entire AC Antiverse! AC Family, it was time to embark on a new
and exciting biological engineering project! AC Family, did you enjoy this week’s episode? Trees are indeed integral parts of some of
our ant colonies. And like last week, this week’s episode is
in part, the AC Team’s collaboration with Mr. Beast, Smarter Everyday, Mark Rober and
thousands of other YouTubers in their quest to plant 20 million trees by January 2020. So, be sure to be part of the team trees movement,
by visiting TeamTrees.org to help out! It only costs $1 per tree. This simple gesture will make such a big difference
globally! Also, if you enjoyed today’s episode, please
be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button so you don’t miss out on the epic real-life stories
of the ants and other creatures of the ant room, and don’t forget to hit the like button
every single time including now! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to see some extended play footage of me working within Vortexia,
as well as the aftermath. The new Vortexia is just awesome with all
its new creatures and modifications. Go check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why do we need to cycle our tank before adding
in our great water beast? Congratulations to 9Hashbrowns who correctly
answered: You have to cycle your tank because if an
animal went inside without cycling it, it would be filled with poison, namely ammonia
from waste. Congratulations 9Hashbrowns, you just won
a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Name one of the bioactive creatures found
in Vortexia. Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
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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
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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
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