Odin Makes: Alien Queen at LA Comic Con

Odin Makes: Alien Queen at LA Comic Con


Hello, I’m Odin and this time I’m actually not gonna build anything, but I am gonna put something together that’s really big. How about a full-sized 30 year old alien queen replica? She’s 14 feet tall and probably pulled for the movie molds. So this kind of started at Silicon Valley Comic Con, when I saw a statue of the original Alien standing there at the Legion M booth. Well I got to talking to a friend and to the guys at Legion M and it turns out that they have a documentary called Memory: The Origins of Alien. It’s all about the making of the movie from H. R. Gigers point of view, it’s actually it’s a really good documentary. So for a fun way to promote it they decided that it would be great to set up something really big at this year’s LA Comic Con what they have is a full-sized Alien Queen it’s from the movie Aliens- Yeah, that’s not the one this movie Memory is about but come on it’s related. What they wanted my help with was that this Queen had just been sitting in storage in a condo and nobody knew how it was back together or even how she stood up. And you want me to put it together heck yeah I want to build the Alien Queen! The day before the con we go to the condo to break her free of her paper wrapped and cable tie bondage that she’s been sitting in for years. By the way the guy who was collecting this has all this alien stuff and he had some great items like a quarter scale Queen maquette, an engineer bust, a space jockey miniature an alien slot machine. I mean the place was just packed- the panels that she’s leaning on those are actual set pieces from Alien Resurrection. After the extraction, we load her up and haul the Queen to the LA Convention Center. I don’t have a lot of pictures of building here at the center because I completely misunderstood what my time frame was so I didn’t get any footage of the assembly at the con, but there were a few repairs that I did right away like fixing the tendon on her jaw, which was torn. And that was one of the few silicone parts that she had! she was made in the early 90s and is mostly foam latex on a steel tube skeleton. Now in her past someone had added some green blood to cover up some of her damaged areas. Which did help, but she had more than just skin deep problems. To fix her mouth quickly, I did two things. I glued the tendon in place with some silicone sealer and then stitched it to hold it there while it dried. Actually the stitches are still there cuz there’s no reason to remove them. I also patched her jaw because at some point her jaw was opened a little extra and it came loose on the side with a tenon broke. I’ve seen aliens plenty of times so it’s a little surreal to stand on a ladder and stick my hand down her throat trust me it’s interesting being an Alien dentist on a ladder. Then she spent the rest of the con weekend just hanging out with her kids, and taking pictures with lots of new friends. oh and I love this- one of the Légion M guys had a really good idea to bring stuff for people to hold while they got their picture taken with the Queen. A repainted Nerf like gun, a facehugger, a plush chest burster, and the Termite chainsaw from Mandy. Would you use a chainsaw against an alien with acid for blood? When I use my little chainsaw timmer at home I get wood chips all over me, down inside my shirt, in my shoes. I mean- the trees they’re just standing there, it’s not fighting an alien queen that doesn’t want to get hit with a chainsaw! Okay she’s actually rubber didn’t move either, but the idea is it’s an Alien Queen that doesn’t want to get hit with a chainsaw! Acid blood is gonna go everywhere! Yeah no- that’s not what I want to do at all. But seriously though the the toys that were brought to pose with they were a lot of fun. But the con ends, so now what she needs a new home. So we packed her up and drove for about two hours out to a warehouse where we put her back together. Basically she’s in big pieces: arms, legs, torso, tail, and her big ol head that’s about 6 feet long. She’s supposed to have back spikes too, hopefully they’re still buried in the condo somewhere. She has a steel tube skeleton that holds her up and at some point in the past two steel plates that were on her feet were removed. Because that’s what she’s supposed to stand on. So we had set up a speed rail field goal that she could hang from because she just can’t stand on her own. I attached the chains to her steel shoulders right where the arms mount, that’s the most solid connection that I could get. Basically we just hung her torso off the crossbar and this time when we secured the chains they were as short as we get them. Because on the con four we kept her lower so her face would be a better height for pictures with people and it just felt safer having her lower- but here we wanted her standing up full height. We tried putting her head on first, and then attach the legs and scoot the crossbar up to get her to stand… But the weight was just too much to do this by hand and just on ladders. So, off with her head. We get the torso up the rails as far as we can and then attach her arm, the chains have to come off so the steel rod in her left-est arm can fit in the tube. The alien queen has two sets of arms if you didn’t know. To get her head back on, we grabbed her foot and lifted it up to tilt her body lower so we’d get her neck lower and then her head can just drop in place. The rest of this is just so much easier. Cuz the tail was attached next, and then I put the left leg in place which is held in with a couple of screws. Then the right arm, which slips in. This one we don’t need to remove the chain to attach. Her two chest arms just pierce her like a big pin cushion, not the most regal of attachments- but it works. And when she’s done we bring in the rest of the family, her eggs, a facehugger this one’s the NECA toy, and that original Alien I saw at Silicon Valley comic-con he gets to hang out with her too. It was quite the adventure putting it together that weekend and watching the crowds of people interact with her and enjoy getting pictures taken with her. I just want to say thank you to Legion M for letting me come to your booth and build crazy stuff in the corner, and also thank you guys for Memory: The Origins of Alien because without that that documentary I wouldn’t have gotten a chance to play with the Alien Queen and that was- don’t get me wrong- it’s a giant rubber monster! Memory: Origins of Alien is actually out on blu-ray, and and this sounds like a sales pitch and it kind of is, but this isn’t a sponsored video at all. I mean I got to play with the Queen but that’s the end of it. There’s nothing else going on for me. However if you want to click the link that I got down here, my friend whose actually got the warehouse where the Queen is- he’s the one who’s gonna be fulfilling all the orders. And he’s got a special commemorative pin you can only get through his link. And he’ll ship those things out to you and it’s coming pretty much directly from her. Now for the rest of this video, let’s just look at more pictures of people enjoying the Queen at the con, thanks for watching! [Music]

Eastern Worm Snake

Eastern Worm Snake


One of the tiniest little snakes you
find in Maryland, this guy is really, really tiny. I have to be
very careful picking them up. Not to pinch them or anything. This is the Eastern worm snake. He gets his name by,
look at it, look at it. It looks just like a little worm except
it is a worm covered with scales and is not slimy like a worm. And this
was a sort of a medium size snake. This worm snake, they usually grow to be
around 10 inches long. A, they’re very, very secretive. You’re rarely find them out in the open
except maybe at nighttime after a heavy rain. They feed on such things as a
tiny immature insects, termites, that they might find, termite
workers under these rotting logs, tiny little worms and such.
These snakes are really, really smooth and fast moving. You see one it’s going to
be found underneath like a
mulch pile and a scurry off very quickly. You almost don’t
even have a chance to look at them, but they are a cute little snake.
They’re a very tiny little head, a little black beady eyes, and this
one’s tongue is going a mile a minute. The Eastern worm steak is
gonna be probably the smallest
snake you might find in your backyard, and they are quite
common throughout much of Maryland.

How to Use Taurus SC Termiticide | DoMyOwn.com

How to Use Taurus SC Termiticide | DoMyOwn.com


Hey I’m Chris the Bug Guy from Domyownpestcontrol.com,
and today we are going to show you how to get rid of termites using Taurus SC. Taurus
SC is a non-repellent termiticide/insecticide with fipronil as the active ingredient. Many
professionals use Taurus SC because it is economical and kills termites quickly. Taurus
SC is a concentrate and is found in a 20 oz and 78 oz bottle. One 20 oz bottle will make
25 gallons and treat 60 lineal feet. The 78 oz bottle will make up to 100 gallons and
treat 250 lineal feet. Let’s go outside and we’re going to show you how to apply Taurus
SC in the trench around your house. Step 1 is digging the trench. The trench against
your house should be 6″ wide and 6″ deep. You can use a shovel or a pick axe, and the
trench will be directly against the foundation. Once you have dug the trench, it is 4 gallons
per 10 feet, 10 lineal feet, along the house. So you are going to mix in the termiticide,
make a line on the bucket if you need to for 4 gallons, and once it’s mixed we’re going
to evenly distribute it over the trench. So we have a 10′ section over here. You are going
to evenly distribute those 4 gallons over the 10′, and then move on to the next section.
By the time you get back around this should have dissipated into the soil. Now once you
have finished trenching and filling the trench with the termiticide, and it’s had time to
dissipate into the soil you need to put the back fill back into the trench. Now the dirt
right now is untreated. This is the dirt we took out of the trench, but you want to make
sure that you treat it before you put it back in because you don’t want a layer of untreated
soil on top of the treated soil. If termites happen to go right near the surface, they
are going to skip the termiticide you placed in the trench. So this is a lot easier with
two people. You want to mix some termiticide in a 1 gallon pump sprayer, and then you want
to have a shovel or a rake to push the dirt back in the trench. The person with the sprayer
is going to go ahead and start just wetting the dirt down, not so much that it is muddy,
but just start wetting the dirt down, and as you are pushing it back in with the shovel
or rake, the other person is going to wet it down. Just move on down the line. Let him
wet it down a little bit. As you shovel it back in they’re just going to wet down that
back fill and get it mixed well with the termiticide. Now your house is completely protected by
the professional termiticide. I hope you found this video useful. For more information click
here.

Insect Preservation Basics for Kids (Ep 3)

Insect Preservation Basics for Kids (Ep 3)


Here lie the trophies of some of the great hunters of the past. They walk beneath our feet, fly above our heads and cross our paths. If one desires to find these treasures, he need not look far but right in front of him. He shall cast in his net and become an insect hunter. (Epic Music) Hello Everybody my name is Rocket. Normally I’m out helping with the Monster Truck Rally But Today I’m helping to host The Insect Hunter. Today’s Episode is going to be awesome. We got all sorts of amazing things going on This episode will be killer! It’s all about preparing your insects to be preserved. Oh, this is going to be great! Let me tell you. First off in our show we’ve got Angus. Who’s going to tell us why we need to preserve our insects. It’s going to be great. After that we’ve got Titus. Who’s going to tell us about equipment. After we’ve heard about that we’re going to have Grandpa, who’s a new man in the show but he’s an Old Man who’s ready to tell us about all sorts of comparisons. This is going to be great. This show’s going to rule your world. You know why? Because after that we’ve got Critical Charles and then we’ve got Danny Don’t Do. This is going to be so awesome! For every adult that watches this show. One kid enters free. Stay tuned and enjoy! Well, hello there lads and lassies! I see you’ve found my personal collection. My name’s Angus and I’m here to tell you a thing or two. I’ve got all sorts of trophies here of all types of animals. I even love to collect insects too. As you can see I’ve been hunting my whole life. I’ve got all sorts of mounts here so I can preserve those animals I’ve collected over the years. Ladies love a man with lots of trophies and I’ve got plenty of stories to tell my friends about every single one of them. If we mount our animals we’re saving them a trip to the garbage heap. It allows us to keep them preserved for a long time. It also allows us to share the beauties of nature without having to hold all the creepy crawlies. As you can see if you look over here. I pin my insects in the traditional way, but modern people that aren’t quite as barbaric will pin them in this manner. Normally we mount the complete insect so we can see the whole thing. Just like any form of taxidermy, you gotta make sure everything is preserved correctly for your mounts. If you do it correctly these insects could last you about a hundred years. That’s a long time and you can share it with all your generations to come. So make sure and pay extra special attention to this episode. (Funeral Music) Titus here again! Most people think insect hunters are ruthless killers, But that’s a lie! I get pretty close to my insects whether they’re alive or dead. A true insect hunter will realize that insects like June here won’t live very long anyways once they become an adult. A true insect hunter will get ’em ready to mount so they can be remembered for a long time. Let’s look at some equipment. There are many ways to kill insects. Three of the ways we’ll be talking about are using a freezer, kill jars, and alcohol. Using a freezer is a safe and effective way to do your insect hunting. It’s also pretty cheap. You can get your family involved like a true Insect Hunter. Have your grandparents donate pill bottles which are great for storing insects or you can have little Junior donate his baby bottles to get those insects in there. Also if you go on an insect hunting date you can go and use some ketchup containers that have been cleaned out. They’re great and light weight for carrying lots of insects. Once you do have insects inside of these containers, you’re going to stick ’em in the freezer over night and that should kill them so that we’re ready to mount ’em. Ziploc Bags are also a good alternative for killing. Make sure and label your containers in the freezer so people know exactly what’s in there. That would be a bad day for your trophy and for the person unfortunate enough to eat the insect. Another way to kill your insects is by using kill jars. These take a little more work and need some supervision. So check out our last video in our series and you can see exactly what you need to put in there and how to do it. You’re usually going to put some ethyl acetate o r nail polish remover in there to knock ’em down. Once you’ve got your chemicals in the jar you can put some paper towels in there and your insects. It w ill kill them within 1 or 2 hours. The other way you can take care of your insects and kill them is by putting them in alcohol. Now all you have to do is get some rubbing alcohol or ethyl alcohol and then you can put ’em inside of there. Within 1 to 2 minutes they’ll be dead. You can leave ’em in there until you’re ready to mount ’em and they won’t get dry so it’s a great option if you’ve got some good supervision Make sure no matter how you killed your insects that you keep everything well organized and make sure and mark everything and write down where you got ’em at and when you found ’em so that when we’re ready to create labels that will be a fast and efficient process. Well, hello there kiddies its so good to have somebody come and visit me. Oh, well, I’m glad I can communicate with you through the television. Uh, but back in my day we didn’t have that way to communicate. We, if we wanted to communicate had to write on a cave wall and hope some body would walk by and look at it. Well I’m here to tell you a little bit about some comparisons between the different ways to kill your insects. Now we’re gonna’ talk about freezing first. Freezing back in my day was a little different. If we wanted to freeze our insects we didn’t have freezers. We just stuck ’em in the ice chest for a while and that’s how we’d kill our insects. Some of the benefits of freezing your insects is that it’s safe, cheap and very easy to do. Some of the downsides of freezing is it takes a little longer to kill your insects so you’re probably gonna’ just want to leave ’em in there all night. You also have to take ’em out and thaw ’em before you pin ’em. Another one of the downsides of freezing your insects is that if you’re trying to go camping or cross the Oregon Trail you won’t be close to a freezer so you probably won’t be able to kill ’em very fast and that can be a problem so you might want to try another method like possibly using a kill jar. Well, uh, back in my day we didn’t have all these fancy chemicals you could buy at stores. If we wanted to get chemicals we had to just go out and gather herbs and grind ’em up so we could make chemicals to kill insects. One of the benefits of using a kill jar is you can kill insects much faster than if you’ve got ’em in the freezer. You can also take a kill jar with you to the field so you can kill your insects while you’re out collecting. One of the downsides of using a kill jar is you need to know how to handle chemicals. You’re all so lucky to know how to become insect hunters cause back in my day we didn’t have Insect Hunters we just had bounty hunters and they were pretty scary. Oh dear. Well, yes I’m getting a little distracted again. Yes, uh so the uh alcohol. It’s a good killing method. You can use it yes. Some of the benefits of using alcohol is it’s the fastest killing method there is. You can also store aquatic insects in there so they’ll be preserved for a long time. And… uh you can carry with you out in the field as well. So, you can take it where you need it. Some of the downsides of using alcohol is that if you put insects that appear to be hairy in there, like bees, butterflies and moths, it will destroy your specimen. So, you have to avoid that. It also requires that you handle chemicals. Carrying around that much alcohol could also leave a big mess. So you have to be extra careful with it. Hopefully these comparisons have helped you so you can make the right decision of what type of killing method is best for you and the insects you’ve collected. Like my great grand daddy Atticus Bedford McGee once said “Always know your options.” Thank you for watching. Greetings friends. Charles here! Unfortunately we’ll have to put up with Danny and his shenanigans at least one more time. Let’s see what he has for us. Don’t smell your chemicals to see if they’re working. By this point, Danny has lost the few remaining brain cells left in his head. Don’t open your chemicals inside in the kitchen or other places where people are at. Only open it outside so you can stay away from those nasty smells. Never put scaled insects like butterflies or moths into a jar of alcohol. This will destroy them and their wings as you have seen with Danny’s little conundrum. Also avoid putting bees and other insects that appear to be hairy into alcohol because it can taint their hairs and make them look soggy and wet even when they’re dried. An insect which is not killed properly will suffer greatly during the pinning process. Make sure when you attempt to kill your insects you actually succeed in doing so or else they might run away ha ha. Ah! I see you have made a wise choice. I am the oracle, and I am he who see’s all. I can already see your future friend. I see you going over here and opening up our next video about pinning. I can see you know a respectable and wise man when you see one and you’ll know that he will be in that video teaching you about pinning. Ah you are wise in deed but if you’re seeking greater wisdom, go down below in the links and you’ll find paths to lead you into greater understanding of all things related with insect hunting glory. Thank you for watching and as always happy hunting.

DIY – Tower Nest –  Giant Caves for Your Ants! (feat. Messor Colony)

DIY – Tower Nest – Giant Caves for Your Ants! (feat. Messor Colony)


Hey Guys, how you’re doing? Welcome to the Amazing Ants channel. These nice shots you can see right here are
from the new ant nest I’ve made. Here you can see some workers eating ant bread. In this video I will show you how you can
make your own ant nest with this very special style Let’s start with the basic material. Ytong also known as autoclaved aerated concrete,
cellular concrete, porous concrete or Aircrete is a mixture of lime, quartz sand and cement. The Material becomes way easier to handle
when its wet, so I water the whole block. The structure of Ytong is like a sponge, so
it can absorb a lot of water but not that fast like a sponge. If you are only working with a screwdriver
and you have no machines, I really recommend you watering your Ytong for several hours. I’ve watered it only for an hour and that
was way to less. I’m starting with some small holes through
the whole Ytong. These holes make it a lot easier for me to
work with the screw driver. I’m trying to get a really rough terrain inside
the chamber, it should look like a cave, a really rough cave. If you look closely, you can see grey and
white material. The white one is still dry and it’s way more
solid than the grey one. So better water your Ytong block for some
hours or overnight, you’ll save a lot of work. The first chamber is ready! This is really a big one, it’s about 4 cm
high. Now I know how big these cave chambers are,
so I’m drilling the wholes for the next two chambers. After finishing the chambers I have drilled
the watering hole, the entrance and exit I cleaned the block under water to get rid of
the fine dust from scraping and drilling. Guys, I’m sorry, I was so engrossed in crafting
this nest I didn’t recogniz the camera went off, so we had to skip these parts. And that’s the result of all this work you
didn’t see. Sorry! There are three giant chambers with a very
rough look, I really like this new design. This is the connection from the middle to
the top and here you can see the watering hole, but later on more. Next step is painting this nest to make it
even more awesome! For the chambers I use mixture of clay and
plaster. One part clay and two parts plaster. I had to much of this clay-plaster mix so
I painted the whole nest. It’s the primer for the next step. For a darker brown look outside, I use a pure
clay water mixture. Let it dry and then paint again to get a more
intense brown. The nest has dried out and is nearly finished. Just the glass is missing. Aquarium silicone is used for the acrylic
glass. Aquarium silicone is way stronger than normal
one and it’s to 100 percent non toxic for your ants. Make sure there is no gap when you apply the
silicone, small ants could find their way through if there is a small whole. Don’t forget to remove the cover foil at one
site from your acrylic glass. Also make sure it’s the right side. Now we need pressure to get this silicone
layer as thin as possible. More pressure. More. Yup. After a night drying under pressure, it’s
time for the best part, removing the last cover foil. I love this! And the new nest is finished! This small tube will be the entrance. This is a small ventilation or an exit or
an ad on for another nest. If the colony grows out of this nest, I can
simply add a second one, or even a third! So, back to the watering hole thing. You see the upper chamber has a special look,
the reason for this is the watering hole. There is only a thin wall between the watering
hole and the upper and middle chamber. I tested the watering system and you can actually
see how the moist spreads out. So yeah, it works. And for a final test I’ve connected it to
the Messor colony’s out world. Look yourself, they really appreciated this
new cave. I really like this new look with light from
both sides, especially for filming this little animals. Here you can see the size difference between
major and minor worker. The majors are really huge ants. If you have a small Messor colony, you can
really look forward for the majors . Thank you so much for watching, I hope you
have enjoyed the video and maybe I could inspire you. Feel free to leave a comment or like and don’t
forget bell icon. Thank you Guys! See you soon!

Where to Buy Queen Ants | Getting Started in Ant Keeping 101

Where to Buy Queen Ants | Getting Started in Ant Keeping 101


Greetings, AC Family! If you love ants or have a curiosity for nature,
you’re in the right place! After watching videos on this channel, have
any of you ever considered possibly keeping ants yourselves? Based on your comments on all our videos,
it seems a lot of you have. Well, getting your ant colony started requires
one important thing – a queen ant, and this video will show you how to get one! Your queen ant is the one member of your colony
who keeps laying the eggs so your ant colony continues to grow and not die out. She is the mother to your whole ant keeping
experience. With this video being our first video of the
year, and with ant nuptial flights season starting up again in just a few more weeks
in the Northern Hemisphere, I wanted to break things down to the very beginning, and bring
us back to the ant basics, especially for those who might be new to the channel and
the whole idea of keeping pet ants. This video will answer all your questions
on where you can buy ant colonies with a queen, we’ll go over the very heated ant keeping
ethics debate, I’ll introduce you to the world’s Uber for Ants, and we even take a look at
the ant black market, and yes there is one! So keep watching until the very end because
this video is packed with really cool info that will surprise you. AC Fam, let’s delve into the intriguing world
of the ant keeping hobby, in this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please subscribe to my channel, and hit the
bell icon, too. Welcome to the AC Family, future ant keeper. Enjoy the video. The best and easiest way to start an ant colony
is to collect a queen. The queen ant will be your seed from which
will blossom your big functioning ant colony with its workers, brood, and eventually alates. Now let’s have a quick rundown AC Lesson on
catching a queen ant. Ok, chalk board. Collect a Queen. Catching a queen ant sounds easy, right? Well, not so fast. This first step can be a challenge! The whole challenge of finding your queen
ant means: 1) Finding your queen! 2) Being at the right place… 3) …at the right time… 4) …after she’s mated… 5) …before she’s found a place to hide
and lay eggs. If you can do all this, then your queen is
ready to be started in a test tube setup. Nurture your queen as she lays eggs, and once
you get 20-50 nanitic workers, or even better more, only then is it time to transfer to
a formicarium. Don’t worry, guys. Towards the end of this video, I will direct
you to a helpful step-by-step tutorial which will further assist you with finding a queen
ant. To me, though it takes some time, raising
your ant colony from just its originating queen, is the most fulfilling way because
you’re there to experience the entire founding process and be with the colony at every exciting
stage. It’s like raising any pet. The bond is greater when you’ve been there
with them from the very start. However, sometimes catching a queen may be
hard for some of you or you may have had several failed attempts at getting your queen past
the founding stage, or perhaps you’re not exactly the patient type and want a colony
ASAP. So where can you buy queen ants? Before I talk about that, I would like to
talk first about the big ant keeping ethics debate. There is a huge ant debate among ant keepers
globally. Perhaps this will be your first time to hear
about it, but it is certainly a heated topic involving ant keepers and even the scientific
community. I will also share what I think about the debate
after I go over what both teams are about. So on one side of this Ant Keeping Ethics
debate is #TeamExoticAnts, ant enthusiasts and collectors who seek to keep exotic ant
species, ant species of which are not found locally where the ant keepers live. For instance, there are ant keepers in Europe
who are keeping ants like Leaf-cutter Ants from South America, Asian Weaver Ants from
Southeast Asia, Bull Ants from Australia, and Honeypot ants from North America. #TeamExoticAnts Hobbyists feel it’s ok and
an awesome thing to keep these imported ants because these exotic ants are much more interesting
than the ants they might be able to find in their yard. They feel there’s nothing ethically wrong
with keeping ant species imported from other places in the world and they feel as long
as they’re responsible and don’t allow the ants to escape into the environment, keeping
alien ant species is fine. Besides, most tropical ants can’t survive
in non-tropical climates anyway right? So these hobbyists purchase these alien queen
ants and/or starting ant colonies with a queen from certain places online and the ants are
shipped to them in the mail. Now on the other side of this Ant Keeping
Ethics Debate, is #TeamNativeAnts, comprised of ant enthuisiasts and the scientific community,
i.e. myrmecologists, biologists, taxonomists, and such, who do not support the whole idea
of keeping ants from other countries or ants not caught in the ant keepers’ area. In fact, many senior biologists and myrmecologists
condemn this practice of keeping alien ants. Let’s look at why. First, alien ants may transmit disease, foreign
fungi, or other pathogens to other plants, animals, or ants. Second, if the colony escapes, it can push
out the native ants! This has happened many times in history. Third, the alien ants could outcompete other
native ants. Fourth, the alien ants could outright kill
the other native ants. Fifth, the alien ants could destabilize the
entire ecosystem! The alien ants could become major agricultural
pests! Next, let’s look at laws. Believe it or not, there is a black market
for ant colonies and queens. Ant black market operations are most prevalent
in Europe and Asia and are operating right now as we speak. And yes, people are busted all the time in
the ant black market. And these black market queens are smuggled
out of their native countries or shipped to vendors who sell them to other customers! These customers often have no idea their ants
were illegally acquired. A few months ago someone posted an article
to our Facebook about how officials just busted someone transporting hundreds of queen ants
in test tubes from Germany to a location in China, the two top countries involved in this
ant black market, by the way. The fellow who shipped the live queen ants
lacked the foresight to realize that the metal scrub he used instead of cotton for the test
tube setups would be picked up by border scanning machines. The ants were seized and Chinese officials
had no idea why anyone would ship queen ants, but of course we do. Fact is, this ant black market does exist. The entering and leaving of live animals like
ants and plants are closely regulated by most countries’ governments, and in most cases
the flora and fauna are not allowed to leave or enter their respective countries without
some kind of permit. Many of these ant suppliers do not have such
permits, so the queen ants are captured from their natural habitats and smuggled out of
their native countries to be sold to distributors who sell them to hobbyists. Now where do I stand in all of this? What team am I on? Well, when I first started to get into pro
ant keeping, as a newbie in the hobby, of course I was #TeamExoticAnts. I mean who wouldn’t want to keep an awesome
colony of Leaf-cutter ants or Asian Weaver ants? They’re so cool! Besides, I was also an avid reptile enthusiast
and I had a good background knoweldge on caring for tropical animals. How hard could keeping a tropical ant colony
be? What harm could it be? But as I did more research and learned more
about how alien ants could potentially destroy ecosystems, and as I learned about the ant
black market. I was forced to revisit my ethics, including
some business ethics. Because you see, around this time, I was also
in the process of founding the AntsCanada Ants Store, because I really wanted to provide
others with easy-to-use formicariums and ant keeping equipment, others like myself who
were passionate about ants. Now in the “ant industry”, if you would call
it that, the most dominant ant shops at the time, were selling these alien, imported live
ant species to their customers, shipping them in the mail. It seemed at the time selling exotic ants
was where the money was. People were willing to pay the big bucks for
ants they couldn’t readily collect in their own yards. So I had to choose. Was AntsCanada going to be #TeamExoticAnts
and take advantage of the great money-making opportunity of shipping live ants around the
world, but possibly risk the destruction of ecosystems if our customers had accidental
escapes or even intentional release, or were we going to be #TeamNativeAnts and simply
sell formicariums and equipment, potentially make less money, but encourage the idea of
keeping ants from our yards. I looked to our tagline which was the basis
for starting this whole AntsCanada channel and our website in the first place. “Ant Love forever”, and the choice became
so simple. I chose green, and not money green, but eco-green. I asked myself “Did I really love ants, as
in all ants, and do I love them enough to want to protect them and their entire ecological
homes in the wild in which they live?” or did I just love “keeping ants, and was I just
passionate about keeping and collecting the world’s most unqiue and exotic species in
my home”? Of course, I chose the former. I am so glad I did, because what shocked me
was how many people, ant lovers and enthusiasts, hobbyists, and respected members of the scientific
community shared the same ideology and code of ethics. Today, so many of you continue to insist on
keeping native ant colonies, ants caught in your backyard, and it is just so amazing to
see. You may not know that in you catching your
own quen ants in your yard, it has really changed the game in this ant keeping hobby. Sure, it means less business for those ant
shops selling alien ants and the ant black market, but it also means we save the ants
and the planet a bit more. It’s responsible ant keeping, so thank you
to all those out there keeping your locally caught ants. There are more ethical arguments for not keeping
exotic ants species. Let’s go over them. Many ant lovers feel it is cruel to ship ant
colonies through the mail to new areas, due to the stress of transport… …the challenges of a new environment with
a different climate… …food… … and even water chemistry! On average, we over at the AntsCanada team
answers nearly 200-500 emails daily from you guys who write to us, from our cherished AC
customers, and other ant keepers from around the world, and when they say they have ordered
non-native ants from the mail and have questions wondering why the colony isn’t doing well
right from the get go, we always deduce it to their transport and to their inability
to adapt to new conditions or diet. All these factors, and all of these complications
just to keep an exotic species, when local species like Lasius niger or Camponotus species
are equally as desirable and interesting, not to mention perfectly adapted to the climate,
food, etc of the ant keeper. OK, so keeping alien ants due to ecological,
legal, and ethical repercussions is not the best. What if it is too hard to find queen ants
in your area, or you don’t have time to go out into the field looking for queens, or
perhaps it’s not the season the queens are flying? Where can one buy queen ants then? Well, we have just the answer. Remember how in some of our videos we mention
the QUEEN ANTS FOR SALE tab on our website? This is the GAN Project, and GAN stands for
the Global Ant Nursery. The GAN Project was started in 2010 to offer
a solution for us ant keepers to obtain an ant colony with a queen ant in a way that
was ecologically, legally, and ethically sound. So here is how it works. Basically, the GAN Project is like the UBER
for ant colonies. We recruit enthusiastic ant keepers around
the world to sell ants to buyers in their city. These GAN Farmers as we call them, catch queens
in their area, raise them until they have nanitic workers, and we find customers from
their area to buy these young starting colonies. Or if you’re looking for an ant colony to
buy we help connect you with any of our GAN Farmers in your area. The GAN Project is a great way to sell and
buy ants because it involves ants staying within the ecosystems they already are a part
of, there is no illegal export of ants, and the ants are picked up in person which means
there’s no stressful, prolonged transport in the mail. The ants also won’t have to adapt to a new
climate, and at any time, if you no longer can keep the ants, you can choose to release
them back into the wild safely, or offer them for sale again through the GAN project and
pass them along. You can even offer your ants for free. Plus, it helps ant enthusiasts meet other
ant enthusiasts in the area, fostering local ant communities of ant hobbyists. Oh, and it’s also a great way for ant keepers
to make some extra cash doing what they love. Not to mention if you’re a GAN Farmer, you
get to benefit from some GAN Farmer perks and discounts on products from our shop. So if you guys need to buy ants, visit our
QUEEN ANTS FOR SALE TAB at Antscanada.com or if you’re already keeping ants and have
some you would like to offer for sale or for free, hope you guys can join our growing community
of GAN Farmers to sell ants in your city. Just a note though guys, some conditions apply
like you have to be 18 yrs or older to buy or sell ants, or partner with your parent
or guardian, and all those buying/selling must agree to our terms of agreement. I’ll leave all relevant links in the description
box of this video so you can get started and join this great hobby! Owning your own ant colony can be a fantastic
and fulfilling experience of discovery from which you and everyone around you can enjoy
and learn. If you’ve been part of our AC Family for awhile
you know that ants bring some pretty incredible insights into nature, the whole world around
us, and ourselves. So if you’re looking to start your ant colony,
visit our GAN Project, otherwise catching a queen ant yourself during nuptial flight
season is SUPER fun and easier than you think. Click this icard here for a helpful tutorial
on when to catch queen ants in your area and some easy-to-keep species I suggest per region. And about the keeping of alien ants, indeed,
it is still a touchy and highly debated topic because there are still ant keepers out there
who swear up and down that it is ethically ok to order exotic ants from online and keep
them. I don’t want to upset anyone following us
who may be #TeamExoticAnts, but for me, if you wanna keep exotic ants that badly, why
not move to where they live? I did it. Thanks so much for watching this week’s video
guys, and until next week AC Fam, it’s ant love forever. Alright, what did you guyts think? Would you give ant keeping a shot? I welcome all of you to join this amazing
hobby and discover with me on this channel the wonderful world of ants. I would also like to give a special thanks
to my great friends Adam Lazarus and Topher Putnam for the cool animations in this video. Their contact info is in the description box,
so be sure to check em out, and special thanks, as well, goes out to nature photographer and
biologist Alex Wild whose stunning photos appear in our videos on this channel. Check his work out and order some prints at
www.alexanderwild.com Link in the description box. He also happens to be a past GAN Farmer, and
of course, we can’t end this video without the AC Question of the Week. Last week we asked: What’s the techincal term
for insect blood? Congratulations to Atlantique Sean who correctly
answered “Hemolymph”. Felicitations Atlantique, you just won a free
ebook from our shop. And for this week’s question of the week we
ask: Name one reason why catching queen ants from your area is a better idea for the enviornment. Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ant tshirt from our shop. Oh yeah and for those of you looking for this
week’s hidden video, be sure to click here to watch some very familiar ants native to
North America, and in particular Canada, and speaking of Canada and ant tshirts, I’ve got
a special message for you guys from Toronto. What’s up, AC Fam. Your ant nerd AntsCanada here and I just wanted
to thank you guys so much for watching this week’s video and for watching all of our videos. It’s crazy! The support has been amazing, um and I look
forward to another great year of discovering ants with you guys. Thank you for giving ant love a chance. Now I just wanted to let you guys know we
received some new tshirts at the shop, so pick them up, we’ve got 5 different cool designs
including this one which says “Waiting for Nuptial Flight” and I know a lot of you guys
are waiting for nuptial flight, and it’s just a few more weeks, so for all of you in the
Northern Hemisphere experiencing the nuptial flight season soon, good luck to you, and
if you aren’t able to catch queens be sure to check out our GAN Project as I said before
and as you saw in this video, we sell queens year round, and there are queens and starter
colonies available right now, um and they usually come in test tubes like this so they’re
perfect for starter colonies and to get you guys started in the hobby, and if you’re just
beginning be sure to check out our helpful tutorials. I’ll place that in the end cards now. See you next week, AC Family! It’s ant love forever. Buh-bye! Guys, we’ve got a lot of great videos ahead
so be sure to subscribe to our channel. I upload a brand new ant video every Saturday
at 8AM EST so hit that subscrtibe button and join the AC Family. There are so many videos ahead about the Fire
Nation, the Golden Empire, the Dark Knights, and possibly some new colonies. Happy 2017, AC Fam!

How to build an insect rearing cage from BugDorm

How to build an insect rearing cage from BugDorm


Hello and welcome to a quick video on how to construct one of BugDorm’s insect rearing cages. Now it comes with a front panel, 2 cover pannels, 3 side mesh panels, as well as a sleeve and a couple of zip ties. So to begin with we’ll take hold of the front panel and grab hold of the zip tie and sleeve. And the zip tie simply threads through the top and when it comes out of the other end we just gently pull it through so we can grab hold later and that just clips around the lip of the front panel and then we pull the zip tie nice and tight to secure the sleeve onto the panel. As for the side panels these are very simple to put together. Theres a cylinder running down one side, and a bar down the other. So making sure this bar goes on the inside of the cylinder of the next panel they just slot together, very quickly and very simply. The front panel then finishes off the main four sides of the rearing cage. Then grab one of the cover panels and press that down on top. Flip that over Put the other panel on And there you go, one insect rearing cage ready and set to go.

The Best Natural Remedy for Ants (As Good as an Ant Killing Pesticide that Gets the Queen)

The Best Natural Remedy for Ants (As Good as an Ant Killing Pesticide that Gets the Queen)


Welcome to “Half Pint Hacks” where awesomeness
is our specialty. Today we are making the best natural ant-killing
remedy What’s really cool about this one Alastair? If you light it on fire, it burns green and
yellow. That’s right Alastair — Borax burns cool
colors — but it’s really dangerous, so don’t do that, OK? Let’s just get rid of ants!!! Here’s the thing: Ants won’t eat Borax but,
kind of like us, ants love sugar. We’re going to trick them by mixing it together. Our remedy is simple: half Borax and half
powdered sugar. The ants think this is a tasty treat and it
ends up killing them. Here’s a problem: Kids might think it’s a
tasty treat too. Does this look tasty, Alastair? Yeah, but I’m not going to eat it. Are you going to eat it? Good! But you would
have when you were a toddler!!!! Keep this remedy away from toddlers like Alastair!
The world is a dangerous place enough for the Alastairs out there. All we are going to do is put our mixture
in places where ants like to hang out, but out of reach of toddlers. We are putting it in little disposable cup
lids which we will throw away after this project. We don’t have toddlers around here and Alastair
knows not to eat white stuff out of little lids laying around, don’t you Alastair? That’s it! You’re going to notice a lot less
ants in about a week

Eating ants for survival (and fun)

Eating ants for survival (and fun)


Hi there! I’m Carley welcome to The Last
Grownup in the Woods! Today I’m going to be licking some ant butts. Years ago a
coworker at summer camp showed me how to lick the butt of ants. They were the larger
black ants, the ones that weren’t carpenter ants and they tasted like
lemons because they released formic acid supposedly as a defense mechanism since then I was shown a similar thing
with green ants in Australia. And I also had the pleasure of eating some
somewhat smaller and an ice cream and they were delicious and also lemony.
Recently I looked the butt have a smaller black and and that did not taste lemony
so I went on the interweb and I Googled like, lemon ant butt, and the most common ants
around here are all in the genus Formica. There are dozens of species and
you may think that they were named after formic acid, but it turns out formic acid was
named after the ant. Formic acid was once processed by, like, mashing up a bunch of
ants. Formic acid is also the stinging compound and stinging nettle. Amongst my
internet searching I found an account of someone who got squirted in the eye when
they were invading an ant nest. Now it turns out the ants in the genus
Formica are known as wood ants, or thatching ants, or field ants or mound
ants. So they can be aphid farmers. The’re very often carnivorous and cart away big
pieces of prey …ants that make those big piles of writhing ant nests and and those
and don’t make me want to lick their butts, like I find them scary a little.
And the ones that I’ve licked have seemed pretty chill, so that being said
I’m going to go lick some butts. Sorry guys… who am I kidding I’m about to
eat one of you? that had too much of a bite to it How about you? That’s the one! Quite intensely lemony. Woo.
Definitely not one that I want to grab live. I’ve made a ant device. I made one of
these when I was like eight and it totally didn’t work. Let’s test it out. Aha. I got him!! So i’m going to put them in the freezer Ok, I’ve got my adorable little frozen and I
was doing some more research last night because ants are fascinating and all ants in the
subfamily formicinae produsce formic acid and all ants in the genus formica
that I was talking about yesterday – that’s the wood and or thatching ants or
whatever that contain a huge variety of ants are in that, and also carpenter, and so
I guess carpenter ants would also be a little bit tasty so if they have mandible
that are big enough they’ll bite into human skin and then spray the formic
acid into it some of them just spray the formic acid
straight at you so a lot of the black ones, I guess don’t
have the jaws. Fun fact – the crazy ant, which is another formic acid producing ant
will defend itself against the fire ant by spraing itself with formic acid. So now
I’ve got them on a plate with dirt. I sucked up a lot of dirt so let me go get some tweezers. Ok, bigger one first You know, it’s weird that when they’re
living it seems a little bit less disgusting now it’s kind of weird. That was delicious! lemony. OK, little one
let’s see if they taste the same. They had a little bit more of a bite to
it when I licked them but yeah the bigger ones was lemony the smaller one was like
a little bite of cayenne pepper – something spicy. I’m ready for my dayly dose of ant acid.
So in conclusion if you’re going to try this, go for the medium size black ants that are
sort of sluggish, and no gaurantees that it won’t bite you and I would say go with your
instincts. You know the ants in your area better than I do so go with your
guts. If something about you is telling you that that ant is – will hurt you or
just won’t taste good then don’t go for it So if you like this video I’ll probably
do more bug eating videos in the future I do plant-eating and I do things on
animals and general outdoor stuff so check out my other videos subscribe. Bye