How to Keep Fire Ants As Pets

How to Keep Fire Ants As Pets


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

Ants vs. Honey | An Update on My Ant Colonies

Ants vs. Honey | An Update on My Ant Colonies


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

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

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


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

STUNG by a COW KILLER!

STUNG by a COW KILLER!


– I’m Coyote Peterson. Now you’ve seen me
stung by harvester ants, fire ants, and scorpions. But today, I’m moving a rung up on the insect sting pain index, and I’m going to be
stung by the cow killer. I have a feeling that
this one is going to hurt. Oh boy. (scream) (intense percussion music) There’s no question about it. The wild west is
rough and rugged. And whether you’re talking
about the rocky terrain, laced with spine covered
plants, or its animals, most of which are armed
with fangs and stingers, Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is an
adventure lover’s playground. Sure we all have our
fears of being bitten by a rattlesnake when
venturing off trail. Or in my case, having a
giant desert centipede run on my pant leg. But in actuality, the
good news is that each and every one of these creatures does its best to avoid
human interaction. However, sometimes you
have an accidental run-in. And when you do,
a bite or a sting can be incredibly painful. (gasping) Yeah, he got me. He bit me. – [Mark] You sure? – [Coyote] Yeah, he
definitely bit me. When it comes to
my line of work, the goal is to have
an interaction, so that I can show you the
effects of these encounters. This way we can all
learn why it’s important to be in tune with
our surroundings, and why it’s always
best to admire animals from a safe distance. Velvet ant, velvet ant! (mumbling) I can pick off, yes, hold on, he’s underneath the
log, I just started to tip and so I ran
back, hold on a second. – [Mark] I saw him. – [Coyote] Did you see it? – [Mark] He ducked out
and ducked back in. – [Coyote] There
it is, there it is. – [Mark] Get him,
get him to go in it. – Aagh! Yes, yes! Look at that. Whoo! Oh, you almost got me with
the crevice of that log. Wow, that is a
good sized one too. Ah, but we got our velvet ant. There it is. Okay, cool, well,
tomorrow morning, I’m gonna get stung. By that little ornery bugger. Cool. The velvet ant, which
is actually a species
of ground wasp, and not an ant at all,
claims a famous nickname. The cow killer. Ranked on the insect
sting pain index as being the fourth
most painful sting in the insect
kingdom, rumor has it that the pain is so
intense it can kill a cow. You may be looking at
this, thinking to yourself “Coyote, are you
gonna get stung?” Yeah, I am, I’m gonna
get stung by this today. Now the insect sting
pain index says that the intense pain will
last for about 30 minutes. And the reason that
I’m doing it is to work my way up
to the bullet ant. You wanna see me stung
by the bullet ant? Kind of feel like I have to
get stung by everything else leading up to that. I am not looking forward
to 30 minutes of pain that’s gonna come
from this insect. I know, right? Here we go again. Coyote is about to
enter the strike zone. But this one’s a
little different. When it comes to
alligator bites, crab pinches, or
blood sucking leeches, I’m fine with that. When it comes to
stingers and venom, that’s where even I get nervous. Now, the females
do not have wings. The males do have wings,
but what’s interesting is that the males do
not have stingers. Guess who does have a stinger? That’s right, the females. And that’s what we
have here today. Now one of the most
impressive things about this insect is
the size of its stinger. In fact, it’s about
as long as the entire length of the abdomen. What I want to do now
is use these little entomology forceps to
pick the velvet ant up, and show you guys just
how big that stinger is. You ready for this? – [Mark] Are they delicate? – Um, they are not. The velvet ant
actually has a very, very durable exoskeleton,
one of the toughest exoskeletons in
the insect kingdom. So me picking her
up with the forceps is not going to cause her
any sort of pain or danger. Oh! – [Mark] Oh, getting
away, getting away. – [Coyote] I got it, I got it. – [Mark] You got it? – [Coyote] Got it. – [Mark] Got it, awesome. – Now they can be
found in the grass, so if you’re out there
walking around barefoot, and you step on one of these,
you’re not gonna squish it. What’s gonna happen is
it’s gonna spin around, and then it’s gonna
tuck its abdomen under and boom, you’re gonna get
nailed with that giant stinger. Well, I think at this juncture, it is time for me to
actually take a sting. Are you guys getting nervous? I’ll tell you what, I sure was. Now they say that this
sting is painful enough to kill a cow. However, there are no
reported cases of cows, or humans for that
matter, ever dying from a velvet ant sting. This makes me feel a bit better, but you never know how your
body will react to venom, so we always have an
Epidendrum pen on location, just in case I have an
allergic reaction to the sting. All right, Mark’s signaling me that it is time, here we go. I am about to be stung
by the velvet ant. Hoo, here we go. Hoo. – [Mark] All right Coyote,
well, it’s about that time. – Yeah. – [Mark] How are we
gonna pull this off? I see we have a, you
know, camera wise we have a GoPro, a small
camera right next to me, oh hey, there’s Chance. Chance over there. What’s the gameplan
for the sting in here? What’s the idea? – Well, this is gonna
go down one of two ways. What I’m gonna try
first is to actually take this little glass,
flip it upside down, get the ant to this end,
and then place it down on top of my arm. This will isolate
the ant on my skin, and I’m hoping that as
it tries to get away, it’s just going to sting me. Now if that doesn’t
work, I also have my pair of entomology forceps,
and I’m actually going to pick, hold the
ant, place it on my arm, and let it sting me. One way or another, I am
definitely going to be stung by the velvet ant. Haaah, here we go. Okay, now the first
thing I’m gonna do is get the ant up into
that part of the glass, and then I’m going
to spin this over onto my forearm
and with any luck, the ant is going to sting me. Here we go, ready? – [Mark] Let’s do it,
here comes number four. – I’m Coyote Peterson,
and I’m about to enter the sting zone
with the velvet ant. One, two, here we go, three. Oh boy. Oh, my heart’s racing right now. Aah boy, I can see its
abdomen kind of pumping. My heart is going now. – [Mark] Any second
it could happen. – Yeah, any second
it could sting me. Oh boy, ooh ooh ooh, ow ow ow, ow, it’s biting at my skin, it’s biting at the edge of the
container trying to get out. Ooh. Oh, and that stinger is gonna be like a little hypodermic
needle going into my skin. This is intense. The glass is actually
starting to get a little foggy from the heat of my
skin, so at this point I think we are going
to move to plan B, which is holding the velvet ant with the entomology forceps. I don’t think it’s going
to sting me at this point. It’s been in there
for about two minutes, and so far no sting. It’s just trying to get out. So I’m gonna flip
my arm upside down, and get the ant
back under control. Okay, here we go, ready? – [Mark] Okay. – One, two, three. Okay, whoo. Ahhhh. – [Mark] How do you feel? – Aahh, extremely nervous,
and my heart is racing. I actually think I do
have to take a second just to get my heart
rate to calm back down. Okay, cut and GoPro. Okay. All right, the only
way to actually move forward with this
is for me to hold the ant with the entomology forceps. Up against my skin,
and let it sting me. – [Mark] This seems, this
gonna do it, isn’t it? – Yeah, hold on, I need
a second, heart’s like, – [Mark] You all right? – Ooh, getting dizzy,
yeah, getting dizzy. In the world of
entomology, when it comes to milking the venom of
insects and arachnids, holding them with forceps
is a guaranteed way to induce a sting. So I think we all know
what’s going to happen next. This is crazy,
guys, this is crazy. My nerves are going this
much for the velvet ant, I can’t imagine what
the tarantula hawk and the bullet ant
are gonna be like. Okay. – [Mark] I can’t believe
you’re about to do this. That stinger is enormous. – Yeah, yeah, okay, you can
do this, you can do this. – [Mark] So is that stinger gonna go all the
way under you skin? – Yeah, it’s gonna go
right into my skin. – [Mark] Okay, I’m ready. Oh boy. All right, here we go. – Here we go, ready? All right, let’s do this again one more time for good measure. I’m Coyote Peterson,
and I’m about to enter the sting zone with
the cow killer. Are you ready? – [Mark] Are you ready? – No, I’m never ready. One, two, three. You good? – [Mark] Yeah. – Get your shot,
I’m gonna place it right down on my arm. Here we go. With my arm shaking. And go. Ahh! (pained gasps) Okay, I’m gonna get back here. – [Mark] You all right? What are you feeling? – Gaah! Oh, wow. Oh wow, okay. (heavy breathing) Give me a second. Oh my gosh. – [Mark] You all right? – Oh yeah. – [Mark] What are you feeling,
what does it feel like? – Give me a sec, give me a sec. (rapid panting) Oh my gosh guys,
this is super bad. Move this out of the way. Gah! Gah! Oh my gosh, I gotta try
to control my heart rate. Try to get a tight
shot of it right there with the stinger, we need to
see to see if there’s blood. Okay, try to get a shot,
because if I can get it we’ll like walk
around for a second. Right there. – [Mark] Right there
is where it stung you? – Right where it stung me. I could feel it, it was like, you could feel it go all
the way under the skin. All the way in. I can feel it
insert into my arm. (grunting) – [Mark] You gonna be all right? – Okay. Now they say that the
sting of the velvet ant, will last for about 30 minutes. And I can tell you
guys right now, this is the worst
sting I’ve ever taken. There’s no question about it. It is worse than
a harvester ant, it is worse than a fire ant. It feels like I’m getting
stung over and over again. You can see the welts
starting to form on my arm. – [Mark] Oh man, yeah,
those are welts, big time. Describe the pain, is it
like a pulsating pain, a stabbing pain? – If it pain, it’s
radiating, it is radiating. It feels like, you know
if you get a charlie horse in your muscle, and
it like seizes up, and it’s like doomph, doomph. Ah, that is powerful. Ah, I can see why they
call them cow killers. (chuckle) That is some intense
pain right there. How long has it been? – [Mark] About seven minutes. – About seven minutes? Well they say the pain from
this lasts for about 30. I have about 23
minutes to go, guys. 23 minutes to go. Aah! Now aside from working my
way up to the bullet ant, the reason I was
willing to take a sting from this insect
was so that we could all see the effects
of the venom. 25 minutes has gone by. My arm is still on fire. And what’s crazy is that,
look at all the red blotching that’s formed around the sting. There is the stinger
insertion point right there, and it is swollen,
and it is very tender, and you can see how red
the entire radius is, of the sting. I’m sweating. My goal was to do
the best I could to describe the
pain I was feeling. And it still hurts, it
definitely still hurts, but not as bad as the initial
impact of the stinger. But what’s interesting is
that all around the sting is tingling, like these little
tiny pin cushion needles going tsk tsk tsk. And as you can see there’s
all these little red dots forming, and I’m assuming
that is where the venom is spreading into my arm. Oh wow, well I would say
that this was definitely one very intense sting. The cow killer has
earned its reputation as being one of the
most powerful stings in the insect kingdom Gaaggh! Arrrgghh! Ergh! And while it may
be ranked as a four on the insect sting pain index, for me, at this point,
it’s definitely number one. I’d say I’m one step closer to being stung by
the bullet ant, but first, I’m gonna
have to go up against the tarantula hawk. I have a feeling that that
one is going to be bad. I’m Coyote Peterson. Be brave, stay wild, we’ll
see you on the next adventure. Whoo, let’s get
out of the desert. Velvet ants are nomadic
ground dwellers, that feed primarily on nectar. So there is absolutely no reason you should ever fear them. If you live or are hiking
in velvet ant territory, you’ll want to avoid
a possible sting. Keep your boots on your feet,
and you will be just fine. If you thought that
sting was intense, make sure to check
out the compilation of all my worst bites,
pinches, and stings, as we work our way up to
the bullet ant challenge. And don’t forget, subscribe, so you can join me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail. (animal howl)

OMG! My Fire Ants Have Taken Over My Room!

OMG! My Fire Ants Have Taken Over My Room!


OMG! My ants have officially taken over my room. Welcome to what used to be my office room
which has turned into a haven for a my pet fire ants ants, yellow crazy ants, black crazy
ants, and a beareded dragon named Tarzan sleeping ever so soundly right there but this video
is about the ant colony we all love and fear: “The Fire Nation” which has grown so big,
that I’ve had to completely redesign, rearrange and add to their setup. Today, we’re going to watch as the Fire Nation
discovers three new outworld additions to their growing nation, which offer the ants
environments and activities they’ve never experienced before in their lives. You won’t believe how our fire ants react
to and conquer their new territories, so keep watching until the end! AC Fam, join me, as we explore the New Fire
Nation, in this action-packed episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel Please subscribe to this channel. Thanks. Behold the Fire Nation today. You see how much I love these ants? I had to fully ditch a work desk and an entire
couch, an expensive one, at that, and buy two brand new drawer units just so I could
accomodate my growing ant colonies. There was just no other choice. The Fire Nation was getting so big, it was
either I changed things up or I get rid of the ants, and hello… Getting rid of the ants? That’s crazy talk now. Speaking of which, where are the crazy ants
you ask? Well, our Yellow Crazy Ants are here on a
separate unit. By the way, AC Fam please kindly click this
iPoll here and take a few seconds to vote for an official name for this colony, and
sharing the same unit are our dearest Black crazy ants, here. Both crazy ant colonies have a lot of space
to expand still, which is good. Again, guys please help vote for a name for
this colony by clicking here real quick. Thank you AC Council for contributing. So, the Fire Nation has an entire unit to
themselves, and rightfully so. I cannot even begin to explain how quickly
this colony is growing, and to think, it all started with just a single pregnant queen
ant, hidden somewhere now in the Fire Nation. I have no idea where she is and I haven’t
seen her for months. If I still lived with my parents, my mom would
freak out! Oh, and of topic, I forgot to mention that
there’s a bird-eater tarantula right down there in that aquarium. Some of you guys have asked me what I plan
to do when the ant colony grows to a size that I can no longer handle. Well, you can either limit food or lower the
temperature by 1 or 2 degrees to lower the queen’s egg-laying rate until the rate of
dying ants matches the rate of egg production. But, I’m not going to be doing that. I’m just going to keep rearranging, redesigning,
and renovating my place to accomodate these ants. I’ll even move to a house for these ants,
if I have to! So let’s take a look at the new and exciting
Fire Nation territories! Here of course are Fire Ant Mountain and Solenopsis
Hill, which became Fire Nation territory just about 4 months ago. The main colony lives in these two primary
nests, and if we move eastward, we of course have the outworld space where we shoot our
Ant React Videos which I have named “The Offering Temple”. I decided to try using vaseline for this outworld
just to see if it would contain the Fire Nation better than baby powder, but turns out, it
doesn’t and actually needs to be reapplied more often than baby powder. Then just above “The Offering Temple” we have
what I call the “Hydrocombs”. Basically, it is a new AC outworld with pebbles
and two very large water test tube setups. I intend to make this the central source of
their water and turn their current water test tubes into sugar water sites. This is one of the three new units. Moving further eastward, we have another two
new highland territories set to be introduced to the Fire Nation. Introducing the “The Fire Jungle” and “The
Tropic of Pyro”. These two territories are AC Outworlds decorated
with Rainforest Biome Kits and instead of hardening ground plate, I’ve given them some
soil to dig into. This will be the very first time, The Fire
Nation will get to experience true soil. I can’t wait to see how they will like it. Now descending into the lowlands, we have
of course, the Fire Nation’s very first outworld, the Badlands. This is actually where I place most of their
insect food because it’s real bare and easy to clean up, and moving eastward, we have
the territory we added a few months back where we unknowingly fed the pregnant cockroach
that dreadfully gave birth while it was being devoured. You guys named this “The Pyre”. And finally, we can’t forget, the Antagon,
the territory which used to be the summit of The Fire Nation’s highlands, our network
of tubes and test tubes, but now it’s become a valley. How’s that for screwing up their geographical
map. Haha! And if you look here just above my tarantula
terrarium, I’ve got two fairly large rubbermaid bins and I’m not too sure what I’m going to
use those for yet but I do feel I’m going to need it for the Fire Nation at some point. When I saw them in the store I instantly thought
of the Fire Nation and bought it so I could use it for the future somehow. OK, so the connections get really confusing
from here and frankly I don’t even know which tubes lead to where anymore so my plan is
to just simply get this tube, cut it here and attach it to the back of the Hydrocombs
here. The Hydrocombs are already attached to the
Fire Jungle, which is attached to the Tropic of Pyro, and I intend on attaching the Tropic
of Pyro to the other end of this cut tube. Here we go guys! Are you ready? AC Fam, let’s do this. Watch the Fire Nation move in! Cutting the tube here and sticking this end
into the back of the Hydrocombs. Connection successful. And the other end, gotta fish it around here
and stick it into the Tropic of Pyro. Second connection successful. Now here’s where the fun begins guys. AC Family, let’s sit back and enjoy the move. Here we go! The move was really successful! The ants loved the new space. I watched as they scoped out their new giant
test tube reservoirs in the Hydrocombs and it seemed they preferred the front test tube
more than the other one. News spread super fast throughout all of the
Fire Nation. You could actually visually follow as the
news spread to all corners of their setup, glorious news that there was suddenly some
new territories to conquer. The Fire Nation went ablaze as workers and
even alates moved in droves to explore the fresh new land we gave them that they’d soon
claim as their own. Oops! There’s an escapee right there. Gotta pick it up and throw it into the outworld. One thing I noticed was that the ants seemed
extra excited! Perhaps because these were brand new environments
for the Fire Nation. New smells, new textures. I mean this is the very first time these ants
have ever experienced soil. And my guess was that their instinct would
kick in and they would start to dig, and that is exactly what they did. The fire ants were finally in their element:
soil! The next day, the ants were clearly busy at
work and it was evident that the Fire Nation had gone on to call their new territories
home, and as is our custom and pact with the Fire Nation, I gave the ants some house warming
gifts: In the Fire Jungle, I offered them two freshly killed cockroaches to enjoy, and
in the Tropic of Pyro, some superworms. I’ve placed a hidden video for you guys here
if you would like to watch the ants feasting on their AC New Home offerings. I also loved watching the ants congregating
around their new water reservoirs in the Hydrocombs, and what I found so cool was that the ants
had been drinking a lot of water over night. I could tell because there were already air
bubbles forming in the tube. Thirsty little ones! Ok, so let’s become ants for a second and
figure out this labrynth of tube connections, which I have no doubt in my mind the Fire
Nation has already mastered, and let’s take a final tour of the New Fire Nation from the
ants’ perspective, starting from the Hydrocombs. OK so this east exit leads from the Hydrocombs
down this tube on to the Fire Jungle, where ants are busy digging. Look at all those ants. I mean, can you imagine being in that mass
of ants? Being their size? I feel like we’re a fly on the wall. Let’s not anger the Fire Nation now. Time to move on. Then from the Fire Jungle, you can take another
tube which leads to the Tropic of Pyro and look at all of those ants. Wow! It seems the Tropic of Pyro here is a very
popular site at the moment. They’re even burying the decor I’ve chosen. Alright so could leave the Tropic of Pyro
through this exit, but before we go down there, let’s back track a little bit back back back
to the Hydrocombs. Ok, so if you exit the Hydrocombs through
the west exit, it takes you down this tube into this particular cross roads. OK, ready AC Fam? This is where it gets confusing. You can either go down this western path to
this crazy mess of crossroads, let’s call it the Central Town Square, which leads to
either Fire Ant Moutain or Solenopsis Hill. The exits of both Fire Ant Mountain and Solenopsis
Hill connect to each other plus 1 X connector which we will pass through later. But if you go back to the cross roads coming
out of the Hydrocombs and go the opposite way, it takes you directly to the Badlands,
where we have ants tearing apart and discarding feeder insects, and the eastern exit of the
Badlands leads to the Pyre. I find this to be a place where lots of alates
hang out. Now the Pyre’s eastern exit leads back through
this tube and into the end of that X connector we saw earlier. You keeping up, AC Fam? Alright traveling through the Central Town
Square we move through this T connector and it takes us through this gap, let’s call it
the Geminata Pass, and down this this huge slope, which descends of course into the Antagon,
which I’m not going to even try to make sense of and figure out, but what’s cool is the
Antagon is now their sugar water utopia. The ants travel up and down this slope to
get their sugar every day. Now ascending out of the Antagon and up another
tube it takes us through Geminata Pass which leads directly to the Offering Temple. The Offering Temple also happens to be the
colony’s primary burial grounds. Perhaps this would be the ants’ equivalent
to some sacred land. What do you guys think? And finally leaving the Offering Temple through
the east exit, it takes us directly to the Tropic of Pyro and that my friends is the
architecture and design of our beautiful Fire Nation. Personally, I feel the Fire Nation is probably
the most impressive ant colony I’ve ever had and also the most complex but I am so happy
to share this colony with you guys and no matter how big this colony will get, I’ll
continue to grow the Fire Nation as best I can, until this entire ant room fills up with
Fire Nation. I really love that the ants are enjoying their
new envornments. I love that the ants are digging. Take a look at the Tropic of Pyro in this
video footage taken just on Thursday night. It’s amazing to see the architecture and it
looks like some of their waste is naturally decaying. I see thin carpet of mold happening there. Ants seem to be a really big part of the decomposition
process of organic matter and… wait a sec… decomposition of organic matter? Oh my God, guys! I just had an awesome idea for these two rubbermaid
bins! OMG this is gunna be so cool! Thank you guys so much for watching. I really, really appreciate it. If you could subscribe to this channel, it
would be so awesome to have you join the AC Family. Your support means so much to me, guys and
believe me I take none of you for granted. It’s just amazing that you’ve given ants a
chance and opened your hearts and minds to ant love. And of course, we gotta conclude this video
with the AC Question of the week. Last week we asked: What is the avergae number
of typhoons or tropical storms the Philippine Islands receive on a yearly basis. Congratulations to OGNR – Gaming who correctly
answered 20. Congratulations OGNR – Gaming you won a free
ebook from our shop and for this week’s question of the week, we ask: Name on of the new territories
that we added to the Fire Nation in this video. Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a $25 Gift Card to our shop. Good luck guys and stay tuned for the winner
next week. Thank you guys so much for watching this video
and don’t forget to visit AntsCanada.com, we’ve got an amazing Christmas Sale happening
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Flying Fire Ants vs Cloning Crazy Ants | Amazing Ant Reproduction

Flying Fire Ants vs Cloning Crazy Ants | Amazing Ant Reproduction


I think it goes without saying that there are a lot of ants in this world. When you see an ant, you know its part of a big colony in a nest somewhere. A single colony can be composed of millions and millions of members. In a 2000 article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it was stated on average ants monopolize 15-20% of the terrestrial animal biomass and in tropical regions where ants are especially abundant they monopolize 25% or more! In other words, if you take all animal life on land from all places in the world, including us, and place us all in a massive blender, a good portion of that giant animal smoothie, between 15-25%, would be composed of ants. That’s crazy! Researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson estimate that there are upwards of 10 quadrillion individual ants alive on Earth at any given time. Okay, so if you’re new to the ant world or this channel, you’ve probably been thinking, “Okay, so, I’m not exactly clear on how ants reproduce. I know they have a queen, right, but how does that queen come about, and do colonies create a queen?” Well, in this video, I’m gonna go over ant reproduction as is seen in two of my ant colonies: My red tropical fire ants, A.K.A. The Fire Nation, which are a perfect example of standard ant reproduction, and my black crazy ants which happen to be freaks in the world of ant reproduction. My ant colonies have officially become sexually mature, making it perfect timing for me to make this video about how ants reproduce. You’re not gonna want to miss all the ant action and mind-blowing discovery ahead! Plus, I’ll also announce the winner of last week’s AC question of the week, as well as announce this week’s AC question of the week, so stay tuned until the end! Here we go, ant-lovers! Welcome to the AntsCanada ant channel. [Intense Music Climaxes] The Fire Nation here is eating so many insects these days. They’re on a protein splurge! Protein is super important in an ant’s diet because it helps the queen continue producing eggs, but also helps the larvae grow. Over the past two months, I’ve been seeing some extra large larvae appearing in the nest. Huge larvae, in fact. See them? They are just massive larvae. Imagine having to care for your baby sisters that happen to be many times larger than yourself. That’s what these ants of the Fire Nation are doing right now, and they have to lug these huge babies everywhere and feed their hungry mouths incessantly. So why are these extra-large larvae here? Well, it’s because the Fire Nation has reached sexual maturity. When understanding ants, sure you can look at ants individually and find them cool. But I find that you have to look at the colony as a whole to really appreciate them and understand how they work. You can see an ant colony like a superorganism, meaning an entire colony is seen like a single animal, and not a group of individual animals. Each ant is like a cell in your body, each with its own task and function to benefit the whole body. Alone, an ant would probably die, but when part of the working colony, like the Fire Nation here, they flourish together. So, the Fire Nation has been having bouts of cravings for insects because the colony has reached its point where it’s going through puberty, so to speak. At a certain point in the colonies development. At a certain point of the year, the Queen starts to lay some special eggs here and there, that don’t actually become usual worker ants. Instead, these special eggs become what are called alates. Reproductive wink queens and male ants when the special alate eggs hatch the larvae grow much bigger than normal and eat a lot more food. They end up like these giant larvae here. Now to feed these hungry and growing larvae the colony needs to consume extra protein. So two months ago the ants of the Fire Nation began to have cravings for extra protein. Remember them planning their escape? So i tried my best to feed them as many roaches as I could. I’m currently in the US and I can’t be with my aunt for the next few weeks. But thankfully I’ve got a very reliable helper at home taking care of the Fire Nation here and my other ants. So for now to help with cleaning up after the uneaten roach body parts, to make it easier for my helper, I began to offer the pre-crushed roaches in small snap cap vials with holes poked into the tops. Check out the ants moving in and out of the snap cap files. They are super hungry. Several hours later, all that were left were cockroach exoskeleton and my helper could easily remove and throw the remains away. I’ll be live a hidden cookie here for you guys who would just like to see the entire process of the ants going in to eat their meal. Ok. So we have huge larvae. So what happens next? Well the larvae turn into pupae. In a past video we saw my first discovery of the alate pupae I they look different and are larger than normal worker pupae. From these alate pupae catch the alates you can see the alate Queens deep in the nest and here’s a video of what the male alates look like these virgin Queen and male alates do nothing but sit around the nest for weeks, until they’re scheduled, grand nuptial flight and when that final nuptial flight happens the Queen and male alates composing out of the entrances and fly into the air far away from the nest to mate with other alates from neighboring colonies they made profusely with multiple partners this mating flight is super important because this is the Queen’s single opportunity to fill herself with as much sperm as she can to last her for her entire life which by the way could be up to 30 years after mating the male elates die having fulfilled their only purpose in their lives which is offering their ant sperm every species of ant has their specific time in the year when their nuptial flights happen certain environmental and whether cues the and internal biological calendar and pheromones released from nearby colonies signify when a colony is to have their nuptial flight ok so now you might be asking what the heck do you do when the Fire Nation decides to have a nuptial flight inside your setup well usually ends kept indoors with no open access to outdoor air failed to have nuptial flights because they lack environmental cues and pheromonal signaling from other colonies if ever the alates may try to fly sporadically here and there and simply die eventually or return to the nest but had the Fire Nation been a colony living in the wild they eventually would have a nuptial flight okay so let’s get back to these Queens that have just made it during their nuptial flight so the Queen’s now full of sperm dropped to the ground alone and on her own she breaks off her wings and sets off on the most important five weeks her entire life these made it Queen alates having broken off their wings are now called Queen dealates just the term scientists used to indicate that the queen is no longer a virgin and has been fertilized by males the Queen dealate looks for a place to start her own colony conveniently most ant species have nuptial flights the day after a rainstorm which is perfect because it means the soil is nice and soft and easy for the Queen to dig she’s going to need to work and construct what is called her claustral cell the claustral cell will be the place that she will raise her new colony so once settled into her cluster sell all she does now is wait the claustral cell is perfect for her and her young because the humidity is constant and shielded and protected from the elements and predators not having eaten since she left her original birth colony the Queen has adapted to survive without food and nourish her young for many weeks she feeds the larvae using a nutritious soup created by the Queen’s body using muscle stores that were used to power her wings during nuptial flight over the next four weeks the Queen continues to fast and feed this first set of young until they eventually become adult worker ants this period is super crucial guys because if this queen is to survive she’ll need to make sure these young grow up nice and strong so that they can become the ones to pioneer the entire colony from here on in this nutritious self-made soup of the queen is not available indefinitely she only has a reserved amount just enough to raise these first set of workers isn’t that amazing guys a queen ant is a single widowed mother who forgoes eating for weeks sometimes months in some species while nourishing her young with her own body tissues until these workers finally arrive to start caring for her and her future babies it’s mind-boggling to think of so this first generation of workers which are called ninitics are the pioneers of the colony as they eventually burrow out of the claustral cell find food to bring back to the Queen and the colony and also expand the nest outwards from the claustral cell oh and by the way in case you’re wondering these workers are all barren females no breathing for them and they only live for a couple of months at most and that my friends is how ant reproduction works eventually the Queen will begin at the right time around the same time of the year when she was born to lay eggs which will become queen and male alates and the cycle starts all over again the Queen will live for up to 30 years laying eggs her entire life and creating new alates at the same time every year prior to the species nuptial flight and what’s amazing is that the Queen keeps all the sperm acquire during her first nuptial flight alive and viable in an organ in her body called a spermatheca it’s like an internal cryogenic chamber which keeps the male’s little soldiers alive and working alright so now just as you think you’ve got ant reproduction all figured out there are ants that completely break the rules enter my black crazy ant colony lately these past videos on this channel have been all about the Fire Nation but meanwhile this black crazy ant colony is also an ant marvel on its own and my has it grown over the weeks by the way guys so you all helped me name my red tropical fire ant colony the Fire Nation so what should I call this black crazy ant colony than leave your suggestions in the comments section and feel free to give your favorites a thumbs up so we can start to vote on giving this black crazy ant colony a name as well so these black crazy ants have also been on a protein flex lately eating so many roaches their alates also have begun to arrive right now all of them are male alates the Queen alates should arrive in the colony soon alright so get this remember how I said these ants are freaks when it comes to ant reproduction so instead of having regular nuptial flights which allow the alates to fly out and meet other ladies from other alates colonies these black crazy ants have sibling in nest mating sessions I know incestual the Queen and male alates mate with each other but hold on the magical thing here is it isn’t inbreeding a study in 2011 revealed that black crazy ants are capable of double cloning turns out the queen of this species is capable of creating Queen alates that are exact clones of herself while making male alates which are exact clones of her mate or mates from past nuptial flight in nest mating these male alates her son’s contain none of her DNA this means then that although the Queen and male alates of this black crazy ant colony maybe brothers and sisters by birth they are actually unrelated by DNA so if they do mate they aren’t genetically inbreeding it’s a sort of genetic hack but yeah technically they are still meeting with their siblings and the main egg lane Queen essentially creates clones of her brothers who again aren’t related to her kind of weird right this weird adoption means greater success rate for colonies of the species because they don’t have to engage in nuptial flights outdoors where there are endless dangers see nuptial flights happen to be a feast for other animals who feed on mating alates and also sometimes conditions are favorable for the new starting Queen dealates and so not all dealates make it but for these black crazy ants they completely skipped that step and made inside the safety of own nest all while having the luxury of sisters taking care of them after mating it means that this species can reproduce fast and a single colony can have hundreds of queens at a time also colonies can break up and split up over time making conquering a region super easy and it turns out this species have been super successful at invading many parts of the world it’s no surprise that they’ve been very invasive ants look at all the places that they have been reported to invade including New York and Quebec Canada now if you’ve been watching my videos you’ve noticed that I’ve seen them in every tropical country I’ve ever visited now if that wasn’t weird enough black crazy ants also have another way to mix up the genes some Queen and may alates will actually leave the nest and fly for reasons unknown not an official nuptial flight like most ant species but more to wonder to new areas now I tried to look up studies on this form of reproduction in black crazy ants but couldn’t find any so I feel it’s possible that this form of behavior that you’re about to see hasn’t been explored yet in this species but I’ve recorded it all exclusively for you guys so check this out during this sporadic random flight i don’t know if the Queen alates mate with another male alate or not but what I have found is that these straight Queens seek another colony to join thereby bringing in her new genes into an existing colony this however can be a very dangerous feat there are risks involved see there’s a chance that the new colony may not accept this new wondering queen and it could have deadly consequences i tried to introduce this walk between to my colony but the workers for some reason decided she wasn’t fit to join them sadly they proceeded to kill her but other times as seen here the workers accept the new queen i filmed the beautiful moment here this Queen was a wild caught queen i found wandering near a lamp that had found its way into my condo she was wandering without her wings near my black crazy ant colony so I was assuming she was trying to locate how to get in I bet she could smell the pheromones my black crazy ant colony was producing instantly the workers approached but the reaction was magical and beautiful the Queen began engaging in an intimate ritual you can see her brushing her legs against her abdomen could she be walking around her scent perhaps depositing pheromones the workers are super responsive and with their antennae they don’t stop smelling her and the area around her I figured she’s got to be depositing some kind of pacifying and pleasing cocktail of pheromones normally these workers would be going crazy if an unrelated and we’re in its territory but not now and suddenly the workers proceed to groom her it seems they’re welcome her to their family in the end they accepted her into the nest as their own where assumably she went on to mate with some of the males in the nest who weren’t her brother’s I wonder if males can be accepted into new colonies as well I’ll have to try to introduce the next time I see a wandering male near this colony with the optional reproduction via double cloning or introduction of a new queen or male alates into this colony technically unlike the Fire Nation which will die as soon as the main egg lane Queen dies since there will be no member to lay eggs and no fire ants cannot create a new queen they can’t double clone they can’t accept new Queens and they don’t make in the nest my black crazy ant colony will continue to survive and self-perpetuate indefinitely as long as I keep giving them space food and water these black crazy ants are an immortal colony it’s strange when you think of it I know some bug spray will kill them all but aside from that this colony will continue to live on and break up into new colonies and simply live forever and if you look at as a superorganism you can technically say that this black crazy ant colony is millions of years old and if all goes well it will continue to live for millions more thank you guys for watching another episode of the AntsCanada ant channel be sure to give this video a thumbs up if you liked it subscribe to our channel and leave a comment i try to answer as many comments as I can okay guys time for the AC question of the week last week we asked what species of ant that when squished smells like blue cheese and so the winner of last week’s AC trivia is Kenabulli who correctly answered Tapinoma sessile also known as Odourous House Ants congratulations Kenabulli you just won a free ultimate and keeping handbook from our shop so for this week’s AC question of the week we ask what is the name given to a queen dealate’s 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Which ANT COLONY Should Live in this NEW TERRARIUM? | NEED YOUR VOTE!

Which ANT COLONY Should Live in this NEW TERRARIUM? | NEED YOUR VOTE!


Greetings, AC Family! Welcome to another ant video. Many of you have been requesting for an update
video on the various ant colonies of this channel so this week, we will take a look
at our ant colonies, what they’ve been up to, and their progress. Some of the stuff will amaze you! It will also be a great opportunity for all
of you newcomer AC Family members to get up to speed on all the different ant colonies
we regularly feature on this channel. Also, AC Family, I will be needing your help. After an update on each colony, I will ask
you to VOTE for who will be inhabitting this new tank! Sadly, my bearded dragon passed away and so
instead of throwing his tank away, I wanted to use it for an ant colony, so I am taking
your VOTES as to who you feel should move into this new ant home. Don’t watch this video without voting! Lots of interesting ant discovery ahead, so
keep on watching until the end! AC Family, gather round and let’s peek into
the intriguing lives of all the ant colonies of this channel, on this episode of the AntsCanada
Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Alright, so let’s start with the ant colonies
you guys haven’t from in awhile and have been asking about. First, the Dark Knights, our great colony
of black crazy ants, known scientifically as Paratrechina longicornis. Nothing much has changed with this colony
which is why I haven’t done an update in a long time. They are still holding their own, and I have
been controling their food provisions so I believe I have established a happy equilibrium
with this colony, that is neither growing too much nor decreasing in population. They have been the perfect ant colony! One thing that surprised me was that upon
peeking into their test tubes, I saw that there were several queens. The colony used to have only 2 queens, plus
one introduced one, but if you saw a previous video on ant reproduction you know that this
species is capable of double cloning which allows males and their sister queens to breed
without it being genetic incest. So now the colony has not two, not three,
but dozens and dozens of queens. In every water test tube I often catch queens
enjoying the moisture. As you may remember, the Dark Knights inhabit
a 2 storey ant setup with a tube which runs down to my first floor. They still travel back and forth, mostly at
night, and have even left some garbage in the tubes. I have no idea how I am going to clean the
tubes when the time comes. Any ideas, guys? I’d be happy to take some advice. Peeking into the Hybrid Nest down stairs,
you can see it is full of brood and action. This colony has been doing well, and I expect
them to continue to thrive over time. They’ve been easy to keep, easy to contain,
and easy to feed. Now moving on to the Trapjaw ant colony which
you guys have officially named the Jawbreakers. Like the Dark Knights, not much to report. The colony has grown to about 30 workers,
and they still reside in this plastic takeout container. They are feeding on a steady diet of lat cockroaches
and honey. Next, we have the Asian Marauder Ants, who
officially have a new name! AC Family, I’m excited to announce that these
Carebara diversa ants are officially called the Titans! For those of you who are new to the channel,
this is our newest ant colony. They are notoriously difficult ants to keep
in captivity but so far, after two months under our care, they seem to be doing well
in this simple network of condiment containers connected with tubing. They have concealed their large queen well,
somewhere in these cavernous chambers. I haven’t seen her since the move. This species has the most impressive majors
I have ever seen in an ant species and I cannot wait for the colony to continue growing in
size. Let’s hope they continue to do well. And now on to what arguably is the most famous
ant colony on this channel, the Fire Nation, our colony of red tropical fire ants, known
scientifically as Solenopsis geminata. They’re still as ravenous as ever in this
huge setup of AC Outworlds and rubbermaid bin. Peeking in from the top, you can see them
feasting on cockroaches from last night’s feeding plus bottles and containers which
held jams and honey. They pile dirt on these sweets to coneal them
while they work on consuming it all. Once a week I go in and remove these bottles
and containers, but not without a fight of course, so I wear gloves. Not much to report on the Fire Nation, as
well, other than the fact that they have begun to produce less alates. I believe their nuptial flight season has
passed now, and so the queen will be producing more alates in a couple months for the next
round of nuptial flights happening later this year. And now on to the Golden Empire living within
the ever-evolving Hacienda Del Dorado. A lot of videos have been about this colony
lately simply because of the constant changes that this colony and environment have been
undergoing these days. Two weeks ago we watched as the ants dealt
with the addition of carnivorous pitcher plants into their territories, a strategic move in
hopes to help naturally curb the ants’ growing population but surprisingly instead of the
plant devouring copious amounts of ants, they surprisingly formed a sort of symbiotic relationship
with the ants. They only ate a small amount and the ants
ended up enjoying the sweet secretions the plant provided the ants. The ants in turn began frequenting and nesting
around the plants offering the pitcher plants protection and soil movement! In fact, wanna hear something even more mind-blowing? AC Family, get this. Two days after the pitcher plants were added,
the ants began placing their left over dead insect parts into the pitcher plants! They began to actively feed the pitcher plants! Isn’t that crazy? I am not ready for this kind of intelligence
displayed by the Golden Empire! Talk about mutualism to the max! The plants fed the ants sweet goodies and
the ants fed the pitcher plants insect parts, which could possibly also mean less ants sacrificed! Unreal. So those are the latest on all our ant colonies. So now, on to this terrarium. Sadly, my bearded dragon which used to live
here died. My option was to either dispose of this tank
or use it as a new home for one of my ant colonies. The tank itself was a neat enclosure. Its substrate is a Zoomed product called Vita-sand,
a mixture of vitamins and beta carotene. It also had some attractive driftwood. A few of the bearded dragons last droppings
were also left behind. I wanted all of these elements to be incorporated
into the new ant envornment we were going to build. The vitamins and minerals, as well as the
organic matter in the feces would add some great initial nutrients to the soil, so I
didn’t want to clean out the substrate. Surprisingly, I did find some silverfish-looking
insects inside the terrarium. I wanted to keep them inside, as well. Perhaps they would prove beneficial to this
enclosed system. I removed the driftwood and began adding bags
of organic humus and fine sand and spread it upwards to form a slope towards the back,
to aid in visibility. I knew, though, based on our experience with
the Hacienda Del Dorado over time, that no matter how we designed this terrarium, it
was destined to change and take on its own shape over time. What I hoped for this terrarium if it was
to become an ant home was for it to be a community of interconnected organisms, much like the
Hacienda Del Dorado, but this time, instead of adding the ants before all the other organisms,
I wanted to add the ants last, just so we don’t run into the same problem we had when
we tried adding millipedes in the Hacienda Del Dorado. As an update regarding that, I haven’t seen
a millipede since, so I’m not sure if they are still alive or not. So, first to be added into this terrarium,
creatures which are super important to a terrestrial community – earthworms. Lumbricus terrestris, also known as night
crawlers. These were still young night crawlers but
there were enough of them to start living within this terrarium and hopefully start
breeding soon. And now, what we add next will be based on
your votes. AC Family, here’s where I need your help! Let’s decided which colony we should add to
this terrarium. Let’s review our options: Adding the Dark Knights is a possible option,
however, the ants are small enough to fit through the spaces of the mesh, so I will
have to be dilligent at regularly making sure a band of baby powder is kept thick and effective
along the top. One thing which may make the Dark Knights
a less fun option is that they don’t usually dig, but rather occupy cavities opportunistically,
however, as we saw with the Golden Empire, perhaps they may surprise us! Moving the Jawbreakers into this new tank
would also be a great choice, and in this case, the ants are too large to fit through
the mesh holes so we may not need to worry too much about a baby powder barrier until
the colony gets huge. One thing, though is that the colony is still
quite small for this huge terrarium, and it may take a long time for the ants to fill
it out, so we may not see much action inside the terrarium for a long time still. This is not a bad thing if you guys are patient,
but we won’t be seeing many videos about this new terrarium at first, if the Jawbreakers
are the lucky ones to move in. Moving the Titans is another option and they
are at a good size to start living in this terrarium, but my fear is that because the
tank has corners, we will have to deal with frequent escapes and I heard the majors can
chew through almost anything. I would hate for them to chew through the
mesh. If we choose the Titans for this tank, I will
really have to be dilligent at regularly ensuring the barrier of baby powder is strong and working. The tiny minors are also small enough to fit
through the mesh holes. Another option which I am sure a lot of you
have been thinking is the Fire Nation, our fire ants. These would be a good choice because we know
how well these ants do in soil, and I could easily attach a long tube from their current
setup to this terrarium, however the bad thing is that these ants are also escape artists
and they will easily also grip up the corners of the tank, making an escape very easy for
them. They are also small enough to fit through
the mesh spaces so the barrier would need to be regularly fortified. If I were to make the call, I would say no
to the Fire Nation moving into here. Finally, the Golden Empire, which has completely
taken over the Hacienda Del Dorado. I could easily attach a tube from their current
tank to this new terrarium, and I am sure they would do well in this new territory,
however care would also need to be taken to ensure the baby powder barrier is kept strong
and working. They are also large enough to not be able
to fit throught the mesh spaces. So, AC Family, please take a moment now to
click this icard poll here and vote for which ant colony you feel should move into this
terrarium. Thank you AC Council for your input! The plants, organisms, and decor we end up
adding to this setup will greatly depend on which ants we decide inhabits this terrarium. In an upcoming video, I will make the anouncement
of which ant colony you guys ultimately decide will move into this terrarium, and I will
make sure to design the terrarium accordingly. So stay tuned! AC Family, thank you so much for watching
another episode of the AntsCanada ant channel and for your valuable participation in this
ant video, I can’t wait for what lays ahead for all our ant colonies on this channel,
as well as this new ant terrarium! This is AntsCanada signing out! Alright, AC Family! Make sure you vote! Let’s turn this new terrarium into a cool
ant home shall we?! Which colony do you think should move in here? AC Inner Colony, I’ve placed a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch extended play footage of our ant colonies
in their various homes all to some cool music. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week. Two weeks ago, we asked: What is the technical name
given to the lip of a pitcher plant on which insects can
find sweet secretions? Congratulations to Banana Ba who correctly
answered: The “lip” is called the peristome. Congratulations Banana Ba, you just won a
free AC Test Tube Portal from our shop! And for this week’s AC Question of the Week,
we ask: What amazing thing did the
Golden Empire start doing to the pitcher plants in the
Hacienda Del Dorado? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win some free tubing joints from our shop, which by the way, are now all
clear so you can see everything! Hope you can susbcribe to the channel as we
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Fire ant control in compost pile|John Dromgoole|Central Texas Gardener

Fire ant control in compost pile|John Dromgoole|Central Texas Gardener


Hello, gardening friends. Welcome to
Backyard Basics. I’m John Dromgoole. Got fire ants in your compost pile? Most of
us do. They keep moving in there because there’s good drainage, lots of food, some moisture and an
excellent place to live. And so, you know I kind of leave them there for a while. It’s not a big problem for me, but if you
stand there and you have your garden fork for turning the pile or
something, they can be all over that thing in about 30 seconds. So, it is a
problem, but it’s a manageable one. It is a challenging one to manage; I have
had the same thing for years and I’ve learned to let that compost just break
down until it’s almost soil, which takes a few months and then I’ve got some real
good control because they no longer need to be there. But if you’re
working on that pile and you want to get the compost out and turn it on a regular
basis, there are some things that you can use.
This is compost tea, full of beneficial organisms, and then there are other
products like the orange oil. I like to activate the pile first. I’ll
take a piece of rebar and then open it up, aggravate them and they all start
coming out and that’s when I treat it. But the compost tea brings in these
beneficial organisms that over time build up in there and I think aggravate
or actually get rid of some of the ants that are in there. And so I like to use
that. And if anything else, it enhances the making of the compost too.
Then diatomaceous earth. Once again, when you aggravate them and they start coming
up. If you put it into the mound itself, it’s not going to do very much, but when
they’re on the surface running around like crazy, then you put the DE on them. You know, always remember to put a little
mask on. It’s not a good thing to be breathing and so you put the mask on and
you dust them, you aggravate them some more the next day, you dust them again and you
start getting real good control. The other thing is beneficial nematodes.
Now, the nematodes also control grubs in the yard and fleas. They do a very good
job. But the nematodes in the fire ant mounds or out in the
yard and other areas where the fleas are or in the compost pile need a thin layer
of moisture to move through the soil. They will not get to the grubs if it’s really dried out so you need
some moisture in there. Perfect after a rain. Ideal after a rain.
Other products that increase the life in the soil, in the compost pile. Molasses is
a real good example of that. We use molasses out in the landscape on the
lawns or in the vegetable gardens in order to increase the life in the soil
there too. For Backyard Basics, I’m John Dromgoole.
I’ll see you next time