Project Nucleus: How I Create Mini Planets Within Glass

Project Nucleus: How I Create Mini Planets Within Glass


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

Ants vs. Honey | An Update on My Ant Colonies


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

Green Ants?!

Green Ants?!


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

ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire

ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire


I’m left with no choice. I have to kill them. All the survivors within this terrarium, called
the Hacienda Del Dorado, need to be extinguished! AC Family, it was time for Phase 3: Project
Cloverfield. The release of an Angel of Death, to completely
kill all surviving ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado, before the mites decide to spread
to our other ant kingdoms. Excuse me, fruit fly milennials. I’ll be needing some of this, to prepare for
the arrival of our new Angel of Death, which lays inside here. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Now, if you’ve been following this channel
for awhile, you may notice that the Hacienda Del Doradan terrain looks different from normal,
and I’ll be getting into why that is, in a bit. But look, a movement now, up in the wooden
bridges above. You could almost miss her if you don’t look
carefully. She stares at us from the shadows with her
piercing reptilian eyes. AC Family, behold, a house gecko, of the genus
Hemidactylus, just a juvenile, but wary of our presence in her feeding grounds. Her cryptic colouration makes her camouflage
perfectly into the surroundings, as she hugs onto the driftwood, laying as flat and discreet
as possible. But the thing that trips me out the most are
those eyes! Check out those vertical slits for pupils,
which make her look almost serpentine and netherworldly. Staring at her was like staring at a small
goblin-like demon. Obviously, not a demon, just a cute little
gecko coming out for its nightly ritual to feed. But for those of you who are anticipating
for the reveal from last week’s video, you may surprised to know that this little house
gecko is not only not a demon, but it is also not our Angel of Death sent in these lands
to exterminate our remaining population of mite-infected ants. In fact, I didn’t even know there was a gecko
in here to begin with! You see I live in tropical Manila, Philippines
where house geckoes are common in homes, kind of like house spiders in North America. They feed on little flying insects that manage
to sneak into the home, so I welcome them to live with me. This little one probably saw the current state
of the Hacienda Del Dorado as the perfect opportunity to move in, seeing as the population
of the Golden Empire, the supercolony of yellow crazy ants that used to rule these lands,
had been greatly reduced by their parasitic mite plague. When the Golden Empire was healthy and filled
these territories, the gecko would have been eaten alive, but now, with just a few weakened
and mite-infested ants, this gecko was living the high life eating flying insects and quite
possibly even our ants! You’ll find out more about how this gecko
actually helps us later on in the video. But meanwhile, let’s get to what everyone’s
been waiting for, the revelation of our Angel of Death, and find out why the Hacienda Del
Dorado had to undergo, yet another renovation, namely this pond. AC Family, what’s coming up will truly leave
you flabbergasted, as it did me! And trust me, you won’t want to miss, Phase
B of Project Cloverfield, the deployment and introduction of more creatures, coming up. So, last week, within this receptacle awaited
our quote unquote “Angel of Death” to be released, a creature that, as mentioned, I needed to
help kill off all remaining Golden Empire. Now if you’re new here, and are wondering
what all this is about, real quick: the Golden Empire, one of the O.G. and beloved ant supercolonies
of this channel, which used to number in the millions, have been greatly reduced in population
by an unexpected, mass parasitic mite outbreak. Luckily, one of you AC Family commented in
a previous video featuring our rhino beetles, of all videos, identified that the mites seen
on their bodies were predatory Hypoaspis mites, that are known to eat bad parasitic mites
wanting to suck on beetle blood. This brilliant comment gave me the idea to
attempt using these Hypoaspis mites, to cure our mite-plagued Golden Empire from their
parasitic mites. So after a careful experiment, we were shocked
to discover that indeed, the Hypoaspis mites ate the parasitic mites on our ants. So in last week’s episode, I quarantined as
much of the remaining Golden Empire ants as I could collect from the Hacienda Del Dorado,
and exposed them to a team of Hypoaspis mites harvested from our rhino beetles, in a final
operation to save our Golden Empire. We even quarantined a mite-free queen, along
with a mite-free entourage from our experiment, to have safely put away, just in case, our
worst fears became reality, and our quarantined colony ended up losing their battle to the
mites. At least we had a mite-free queen and workers
to restart the Golden Empire from scratch. But, I think you’ll be happy to see the results
of Project Quarantine coming up later in this video, so do hang tight for that. But, as for the remaining ants still living
in the Hacienda Del Dorado that I missed, sadly I realized that I needed to exterminate
them, because I was afraid that had I just allowed these infected Golden Empire ants
to die out naturally, the mites, having no more food left, might crawl out of the Hacienda
Del Dorado and go on to infect all my other ant kingdoms in the ant room, which would
be a disaster, and wouldn’t take the mites long at all to execute. All ant keepers know that once an ant colony
contracts parasitic mites, they’re pretty much dead in no time, as we’ve seen so far
with the Golden Empire. So, here we are, AC Family, the Angel of Death,
its purpose: to kill all ants and the mites parasitizing them. I gave you guys a chance to guess its identity
in last week’s hidden video, through a riddle. A lot of you guys had some great guesses,
and some guesses were ummm… quite odd to say the least. But, if you missed it, here was the riddle: Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts, Feeding on dog food for brunch,
Or swimming in water during its wet months, Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues,
A beast that loves to snack and much, Eating the ants with mites for lunch. After several minutes, out of nowhere, our
Angel of Death peeked its bumpy head out. And then it clumsily plopped itself out of
its transport container, and onto Hacienda Del Doradan soil. AC Family, our Angel of Death, is a toad. A juvenile cane toad to be exact, most likely
a female, though they’re a bit harder to sex at this age. Let’s go over the riddle as we watch her snoop
around her new home! “Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts” These lines refer to these cane toads being
nocturnal by nature. They emerge in the night to eat insects and
small creatures. Males also make toad noises, either for mate-calling
or informing other males to avoid mating confusion. “Feeding on dog food for brunch” refers to
the fact that these cane toads are known to actually eat dog food. “Or swimming in water during its wet months”
refers to the fact that these toads are amphibians, with a fully aquatic life stage, where they
emerge from their eggs as tadpoles. “Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues”
refers to the fact that toads posses special organs at the sides of their heads called
parotid glads which when squeezed can release a milky-white fluid known as bufotoxin which
is poisonous to many animals. Human deaths have actually been recorded from
eating cane toads. As a kid, I made the mistake of rubbing my
eyes, after touching American toads, and believe me it wasn’t pleasant! And finally “A beast that loves to snack and
much, eating the ants with mites for lunch” refers to my deployment of this young cane
toad to be the creature to eat all the remaining Golden Empire ants in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Many of you guessed correctly by answering
“cane toad”, but even “toad” was correct. For the many of you that said “frog”, you
were partially correct because indeed toads are a type of frog, but not all frogs are
considered toads. Finally, in case you were second guessing
yourself, I designed this entire riddle to be an acrostic poem, where the first letters
of each line spelled “Bufonidae”, which happens to be the taxonomic family of true toads. Congrats to all who guessed it right. So my plan was to supplement this toad’s diet
with roaches and worms, and have it snack on our Golden Empire ants as it came across
them. Now I’ve owned cane toads before, and these
toads have very voracious appetites and at this size have been known to eat ants! So, I was confident our Angel of Death would
do an excellent job and picking off all remaining Golden Empire, but as I watched her disappear
over a hill, little did I know, she was going to surprise us with some alternate plans. But now that we had a toad living in the Hacienda
Del Dorado, we needed to make some alterations to the terrain. We needed to make these lands, toad country,
and to do that, we needed to add a pond. I began to scrape at the earth to make room
for a new body of water. Unlike most frogs, toads actually have the
advantage of not needing tonnes of water 24-7. Toads simply need to soak themselves periodically
but spend most of their time on land, so this body of water needed not be too deep. I used this naturalistic water holder to form
our new pond. Once in place, I added some bottled purified
water. I just couldn’t wait to watch our new toad
visiting this pond we made for it to soak itself up as needed. It’s part of the joys of caring for toads,
watching them hydroregulate on both land and water. So all was set. The Hacienda Del Dorado, now had a totally
new look. It had transformed into tropical bogland habitat,
perfect for our toad to enjoy and do its awesome work at eating our ants. What do you guys think of the Hacienda Del
Dorado’s new look? I also made sure to moisten the surrounding
area for added toad comfort. I really wanted for our toad to feel at home
here. Now although it didn’t seem the toad wanted
to show herself at the present time, I knew later in the night, she’d emerge to feed,
and when she did, I was going to be ready to film her eating ants! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Mite-infected Golden Empire ants were wandering
the premise. And look, stretching long aside our new pond,
emerged some young earthworms seeking new grounds. They scaled the moss and rocks in hopes to
find new places in which to form new burrows. These normally subterranean creatures have
emerged above ground as a response to rain. It seems wetting the lands earlier this evening
had filled the burrows of the local earthworms with water, causing them to come out and seek
drier soils. Earthworms, though kinda gross, are essential
to the ecosystems they are part of, as they are great at fertilizing plants, aerating
soils, and breaking down decaying matter. With the Hacienda Del Dorado being a 100%
bioactive terrarium, these earthworms are super important in these lands. AC Family, look at how they move by using
sections of their body to act as an anchor while the rest contracts, as it squirms forward. They can do this to move both forward and
backward. Earthworms don’t have eyes, but their skin
is photosensitive so they can sense light and shadows. This helps them avoid predators, but I knew
that all this worm squirming was the perfect lure to attract our Angel of Death out of
hiding to start feeding. But you know what, AC Family? I waited and waited. In fact, after several cups of coffee, I waited
all night until sunrise, and there was no sign of our Angel of Death. Hmm… What was going on here? No toad, and a whole sleepless night gone
by. The next morning, I scanned the lands in hopes
to find the toad perhaps hopping around or soaking in our pond. But to my dismay, she was nowhere to be found. Hmmm… I spotted members of the Golden Empire wandering
the grounds. Mites were clearly, and quite literally, draining
the life out of them. But the thing was, as weird as it is for me
to say this because I love these ants, we really needed them all eaten asap, to make
sure Project Cloverfield was successful, so we wouldn’t have to worry about mites crawling
out of the terrarium to infect my other ants and critters, nor would we have to worry if
we ever decided to repopulate the Hacienda Del Dorado with ants again, more about that
later. But we truly depended on this cane toad, wherever
it was in here, to get going and start ant-eating! Night 2 of Project Cloverfield. The Hacienda Del Dorado was still, and I was
determined to film our Angel of Death emerging and eating. Scanning the premises, it seemed our toad
was still nowhere to be seen, but I was camped out and prepared to endure another long, sleepless
night. To help the time pass while waiting for our
toad to emerge, I enjoyed watching our rhino beetles, also nocturnal, coming out to feed,
and speaking of which guys, for those of you following their story and anticipating the
2019 Rhino Beetle Games, I’ve got some pretty exciting news, particularly for you Team Hephaestus! Your champion, Team Hephaestus has officially
arrived. Here he is gorging on his banana. I’ve got all emerged beetles stacked side-by-side,
and have weights holding their covers down as they are super strong and have grown capable
of lifting their lids open! Talk about strength! I can’t wait for the Rhino Beetle Games to
finally start, once the final male rhino beetle, Hades, has fully hardened and has charged
up, ready to go. I bet this will happen in a week or so, and
when it does, may the Rhino Beetle Games begin! Who out there is as excited as I am? What team are you guys?! Sound off in the comments section, and cheer
on your champion Gladiator, for a chance at winning a prize at the end of the games. But waiting seems to be all we’ve been doing
lately, and will you believe, once again all night, our toad refused to emerge. What was going on here? Night 3 of Project Cloverfield, and still
no sign of our Angel of Death. Where could this toad be? Seriously, I mean it wasn’t coming out to
eat and I was certain it hadn’t come out to soak either seeing as I saw no splash marks
on the glass. We needed to lure it out somehow. And so I came up with a plan! For sure this toad was probably dry and needed
to come out to soak itself soon, but perhaps it didn’t know there was even a fresh pond
here waiting to hydrate its dry bumpy skin! So, I looked up a Youtube video and found
an 11 hour audio video of a peaceful river and played that gently below the terrarium. My hopes were that the sounds would entice
our dehydrated toad to come out of hiding, to have a soak and then eat some ants already! And AC Family, what it did do was entice our
baby gecko to emerge, who curiously checked out where the sounds of running water was
coming from. “I don’t remember there being a river here!”
it thought to itself. After nearly 3 hours of waiting and still
no sign of the toad, I figured that maybe our spotlight was perhaps scaring it. After all, these cane toads were dark-loving
creatures, so I reduced the light to further cloak the lands in darkness. For sure the toad was going to come out now! No bright lights to fear, beloved Angel of
Death. Please come out for us tonight! It was getting critical, with every passing
night, waiting for this toad to do its thing. We needed the toad to eat all these ants carrying
mites, and with every passing day, more of these ants were dying, which meant more hungry
mites looking for new hosts. If this continued, our other ants and critters
in the Ant Room were in immediate danger. Now I’m sure a lot of you were wondering the
same thing I was wondering, and that was if our resident house gecko was actually eating
the ants. If this was the case, we actually didn’t need
a toad, and this gecko would have become the new Angel of Death to wipe out our Golden
Empire. So I made sure to watch the gecko as well,
and check this out, AC Family! I was surprised to discover, that it actually
had no interest in our ants of the Golden Empire, but it did relish any flying queen
alates of other ant species that were dropping in to check out the currently unoccupied territories
in hopes to start a nest! I watched it actively hunt down and eat black
crazy ant queens dropping in to house shop! I had no idea other ants from the outside
were even visiting the Hacienda Del Dorado. Amazing to see how much actually happens in
the night that we day-beings miss! Turns out the presence of our gecko was actually
beneficial to the Golden Empire, acting as a guardian to outside ant queens, wanting
to steal these fertile lands from its original owners. This gecko and our ants had in a way established
a mutually symbiotic relationship, a biological partnership. But speaking of biological partnerships, it
seems ours with our Angel of Death was not quite working out. Over the next few hours, I stayed up only
to a motionless terrarium, no toad coming out to feed nor soak, and all to the droning
and soon annoying sound of running stream water. On Night 4, I tried a couple things. I figured maybe it needed a rain shower to
encourage its emergence. After all many insects and amphibians emerge
after it rains here in the Philippines. This did not work. No toad. I tried luring the toad out with a superworm. Surely no toad could resist the tantalizing
squirming of a live superworm, right? Nope, no toad in sight. OK, what was going on here?! I have a lot of patience, but this toad was
truly holding off on us. In a final act of desperation, I even tried
my best to sing the toad out, probably an idea that came out of delirious lack of sleep. I remember nodding off to sleep on the Ant
Room floor, singing some Mariah Carey, some time before sunrise (I’m thinking of you in
my sleepless solitude tonight). I gave my all, and nothing was working! I had to rip myself away from this toad for
moment. Let’s take a look at our recuperating quarantined
Golden Empire. How were they doing now that a team of Hypoaspis
mites had infiltrated their mite-infested colony? AC Family, I think you’ll be as shocked as
I was to see what I saw. Have a look! Are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Ants with little to no mites, or actually,
I don’t think I could see any mites at all! It had been about a week of exposure to the
Hypoaspis mites. I don’t actually know where the Hypoaspis
mites were, as they were no longer visible in the honey-water tube through which they
were introduced to the quarantine setup. I dunno, do you guys see any Hypoaspis mites
or parasitic mites on our ants? My guess was that the Hypoaspis mites were
perhaps somewhere frequenting the ants’ burrows within this AC Outworld in which they were
setting up shop for now picking off the parasitic mites they came across. When I saw this, my heart leaped in my chest! AC Family, I think our plan worked! It seems that within a week, the colony was
parasitic mite-free, or at least it seemed the majority of them were. I resolved to keep an close eye on this quarantined
colony and monitor them over the next couple of weeks or so before we conclude for sure
that they’ve battled the mites. If so, I think we could go ahead and reunite
our insurance queen and her entourage safely back to the colony. What a relief, AC Family. I feel our Golden Empire is well on the road
to recovery and if all goes well will one day regenerate back into the supercolony they
once were. But now we had to get serious about ensuring
the success of Project Cloverfield. Behold, within this AC Ant Tower, I had three
superworms, which were to act as bait. My plan was to fixate this Ant Tower inside
the Hacienda Del Dorado and hopefully entice the toad to come out! If this plan wasn’t going to work tonight,
I was drawing up some plans for a Phase B for Project Cloverfield, which I think you
guys might find super neat! Night 5 of Project Cloverfield. Not a toad in sight. I could feel that by this 5th night our toad
was hungry and eager to eat. I was prepared to catch it emerging at any
moment, and AC Family, you won’t believe what happened on Night 5. Nothing. Literally nothing. No toad. This was the final straw. I had to go in and find our Angel of Death,
who at this point I wanted to nickname Angel of No Show! I began to feel around the setup to try to
get it to jump out of hiding. By this day, I was greatly underslept, now
catching a bad cold due to staying up late all these nights, which would explain why
you may have noticed that it sounds like I have a frog in my throat for this video, pun
intended, but most of all I was acting out of fear that the mites which were eliminating
every ant in here one by one, and were making plans now to migrate to my other ant colonies
and critter setups, and I couldn’t let this happen! Phase B of Project Cloverfield was now in
full effect! When I couldn’t get the toad to jump out into
sight, I proceeded to remove the driftwood to get a better look, and that was when I
saw it! There it is! There you are. Our Angel of Death jumped into sight! Come here on little guy. Where have you been? AC Family, behold! Our elusive Angel of Death. I have no idea why our toad didn’t emerge
to feed. Do any of you guys have any ideas? Unless she was feeding quietly in the shadows
somewhere. Anyway first thing’s first, I moistened the
toad with some fresh water. Second, I dropped in a superworm, which she
totally ignored. I also stuck in a few roaches which were also
ignored. I’ve had cane toads in the past, and this
was not typical cane toad appetite, so perhaps she was just frightened. After a vet visit, I’ll have to rehome our
Angel of Death to a loving home. I decided not to replace the driftwood I removed
on this end. Why? Well, AC Family, we’ll be needing a bit more
room for the completion of Project Cloverfield Phase B. So, AC Family, are you ready for
this? We really needed to exterminate these remaining
ants carrying the parasitic mites, and so after careful searching, I found the perfect
agents to do the job that our Angel of Death failed to do. Perhaps I was a little ambitious trying to
deploy an Angel of Death to wipe our Hacienda Del Dorado clean of ants. But this time, guys, I was going to try something
smaller, some Death Sprites. AC Family behold, our new Death Sprites to
carry out the completion of Project Cloverfield! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Phase B of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced
Death Sprites were going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. And look, it’s our house gecko making an appearance
to check out the lowlands. But what is it doing down here? Let’s see. It seems to be looking for something. Quietly it smells the area with its tongue
like a serpent, and moves across the floor honing in something that has caught its attention. Ahh here it is. A pile of rotting banana, placed here from
the Bowl of Life to attract fruit flies and ants to the area. She licks the sweet and fermented banana cum
gusto. Scrumptious and delectable! But then a rustling of leaves caught my eye. Look here! There beneath the dead leaves, waits in the
darkness, one of our several Death Sprites, a painted toad. Also called narrowmouth toads, these microhylid
toads are endemic to where I live, emerging to hunt at night. She’s such a beautiful death sprite, isn’t
she, hiding steathily in darkness? But the big question was: did she have a taste
for ants? So much relied on whether or not these tiny
painted toads would eat our ants, and I was determined to find out. I waited and watched. Yes! Yes! Thanosed! Alright, AC Family! It’s too bad our cane toad wasn’t a mainstay
on the channel, but these new painted toads were literally added last night, and as you
saw, we have proof that they’ve been feeding on the Golden Empire. What should we name our new group of painted
toad Death Sprites? Let me know in the comments! I’ll continue filming these cuties through
the week and document their activity closely, to see if they will go on to successfully
eat all our ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado. It’s great to know that the Golden Empire
looks like they’re well on their way to recovery, as well! So guys, be sure to smash that subscribe button
and bell icon now, so you get notified at every single upload and find out in next week’s
episode how our new Death Fairies prove to be at cleaning up the Hacienda Del Dorado
for our new generation of Golden Empire, and hit the like button every single time, including
now. Plus, the Rhino Beetle Games are fast approaching,
guys, and you won’t want to miss that! The games may come sooner than you think! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of our new painted toads
within the Hacienda Del Dorado. Get a sneak peek into next week’s episode
and get a closer look at these incredible amphibians. They belong to the genus Kaloula and are endemic
to the Philippines, so chances are you may not have seen them before. Check them out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why couldn’t we just let the remaining ants
within the Hacienda Del Dorado die out? Congratulations to MasterDhen who correctly
answered: The mites might spread and might
affect other ants in the Ant Room. Congratulations, MasterDhen, you just won
a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is the name of the
toxin produced by toads? Leave your answer in the comments section
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Meet the Ant Man and his Empire of 100,000 ants | Extraordinary Oddities

Meet the Ant Man and his Empire of 100,000 ants | Extraordinary Oddities


[Quirky music playing] Ants are powerful in their ways. Given the facts that ants outlived the dinosaurs (this) tells us that they are adaptable. They (have) evolved to a higher stage. It made me realise (something) about the universe about nature about life You cannot put (this feeling) into words. There are so many things to learn from them. I’m Zat Low and I keep ants [Quirky music continues] [Crickets chirping] Actually, the ants saved my life. My past was pretty messed up. My top choice wasn’t to do ant-related businesses. Honestly right, it was doing something else. But ants showed me the way to live. I thought it was going to be the end of me. People from my past we have a lot of ego, pride. So when things start to go bad and we couldn’t take the blow we will try a lot of devastating ways (to cope) like commiting suicide. But a queen ant flew into my mouth and rescued me. It changed the way I used to be. My perspective on life and my character. There were a lot of times when I felt like giving up. Coincidentally, I will see one ant strolling (past) or some ants crawling onto me. These kind of signs that prompt me that I should go further. [Playful music playing] [Car reversing sound] I do not consider myself to be a scientist. No accolades, how to be a scientist? [In English] I consider myself as a naturalist. Somebody who observes nature and everything about it. I’m trying to seek knowledge solutions or even peace. I have about hundred over (ant) colonies. They are like a civilisation. There are some intelligent and some stupid ants. [Chuckle] Some ants are very sensitive to danger. For example, when you place the oil barrier some will dump themselves into it. Some will know that, “Oh, I shouldn’t go any further.” Isn’t it the same as society? [Joking] Stupid people die first. [Playful music continues] To build a formicarium for your ants you have to understand what species you are keeping. The best formicarium must be sustainable for the colony to live inside. It’s something close to like (the job of) an architect. The ones that I build some people call it ‘overly extravagant’. But they are like gods in a temple. Because the ants are worth that kind of work. [Playful music continues] The difficulties of setting up this exhibition Wow! Thousands of difficulties. From building the formicariums transporting them sustaining them. The crowd. Who might come, who might not come. It’s pretty much an ongoing thing. [Snoring sounds] [Upbeat music playing] [Murmuring] Because Singapore doesn’t have any myrmecologists (study of ants) I hope there’s going to be some upcoming myrmecologist. Because I’m not qualified. [Chuckles] There’s many people who judges (me) but I understand where they are coming from. Because everyone fears something that they do not understand. I think that I’m the only person who believes that setting up this exhibition will work and I really, truly believe that it will work. Because if you look at ants they are very small but yet they achieve big things. So I think that all these negative comments it doesn’t affect me. There’s a lot of things that we do not understand about ants even for me. There’s some things that I want to know, why and how. With regards to science and knowledge I admire them.

Turning My Youtube Gold Play Button Into an Ant Farm

Turning My Youtube Gold Play Button Into an Ant Farm


Man, there was once a time where I told myself
that if ever this channel were to receive this inconcievable milestone award, I would
treasure it, hang it on a wall and keep it forever in mint condition to admire as a trophy
piece. The Youtube Gold Play button awarded to Youtube
channels reaching 1 million subscribers finally arrived. But then, I told myself… Imagine if I were to turn my Gold Play Button
into an antfarm… No, that’s just crazy. I would never do that! Ever! Well, this week ‘never’ happened, and you
won’t believe what I did in the name of ant love! AC Family, I pulled the Golden stunt. Yes, today I hold my breath, and hand over
my Youtube Gold Play Button to the real stars of this channel, the ants. Find out which of our five colonies we move
in, how we customize it for them, and how they ultimately reacted to the inside of the
Gold Play Button, on this eye-opening, celebratory episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Tired of nature channels not showing nature
shows? Just watch this channel. Enjoy. So last month I was happy to receive in the
mail our Youtube Gold Play Button for reaching over 1 million subscribers earlier this year. It was just so moving to unbox this amazing
award. By the way, whether you’re old or new AC Family,
please hit that like button if you enjoy our videos. Thank you so much. This channel and award is yours, and we all
earned this together, AC Family! So, opening the box, it included a note from
Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of Youtube encouraging us to continue making entertaining videos. Very cool. Lifting this piece of foam, wow! AC Family, here it is. The fabled Youtube Gold Play Button. It was just magical and huge! Now, back when reaching a million subscribers
was just a fantasy, I toyed with the idea of turning my Gold Play Button into an ant
farm for an ant colony. The idea of course was just crazy. I would have needed to customize it to make
it habitable for the ants, I needed to drill holes into it, I wouldn’t even know how to
open the thing, and overall I would have essentially needed to destroy the piece. But seeing the Gold Play Button now fresh
out of the box, I said no way would I ever destroy this thing. It was going up on a wall. But something interesting and a bit unbelievable
happened. A couple days after, I received another box
from Youtube. What? I opened it, and sure enough it was a second
Gold Play Button! They sent me two! How could this be? Do any of you guys know if other Youtubers
receive two Gold Play Buttons? Could this be some freak mistake? Perhaps Youtube telling me they want me to
make an ant farm? Whatever it was, I wasn’t going to give it
back. And so, AC Family! I wasn’t going to need two Gold Play Buttons! I had decided. I was going to turn this second Gold Play
Button into an ant farm. Here we go! The first step was to decide which of the
ant colonies would be moving in. Who was going to be getting this Gold Play
Button ant farm? To me, there were only 3 logical options: First, the Fire Nation. Our long time, ferocious fire ant colony who
in essence became the first super stars of the channel, when their video “My Ants Are
Planning an Escape” went completely viral, followed by another video “Cockroach Giving
Birth While Being Devoured by Fire Ants”, which have a combined viewership of 31 million
views on Youtube. I felt they surely deserved to be one of the
candidates to inhabit this Gold Play Button. Next, we have the Dark Knights, our black
crazy ant colony, also a senior colony of the channel, having started around the same
time as our Fire Nation. They’ve been a good colony, contrasting our
ravenous Fire Nation, always easy-to-care for, predictable, non-aggressive, and what
was super convenient about the Dark Knights was that if I were to move them into the Gold
Play Button, I could simply hang the Gold Play Button on the same wall as my other Silver
Play Buttons and easily connect the tubes of their two story setup which pass that area
of my place. And next, we have the Golden Empire, our yellow
crazy ant colony that came a bit after the Fire Nation and the Dark Knights, but garnered
a big fan base of ant lovers fast, as we helped them overcome their biggest survival challenge,
beating a plague of parasitic mites. They were a good candidate because with their
booming population and limited only to the Hacienda Del Dorado terrarium, they needed
the new space badly. In a previous video we also noticed that they
needed change in routine. Now, for those fans of our other ant colonies,
we couldn’t move in the Titans, our Marauder ant colony because they were in a sensitive
time at the moment, and we also couldn’t do the Tomb Raiders, our Pharaoh Ants, because
they were a new colony under quarantine, dealing with their own crisis at the moment. By the way, if you’re following that story
AC Family I promise to update you about their situation next week. So, I had to decide, and of course I went
to consult the AC Council, so on our brand new Youtube community tab which we just got
this week, I asked you which of the three colonies you wanted to see move in to this
Gold Play Button ant farm. You casted your votes, and AC Family, you
chose the Golden Empire based on over 35,000 votes. It seemed the general reasoning was “Golden
Empire for the Gold Play Button”. Made sense. So now that we knew who would be moving in,
it was time to customize the Gold Play Button to make it more habitable for the Golden Empire. After examining the structure of the framework,
I discovered that it was actually quite easy to open up from the back. I opened it up and went straight to work. Using an old aquarium background I had laying
around, as well as natural decor from our AC Biome Kits, I began to cut, glue, and arrange. It took a lot of careful planning and designing. I didn’t really know what I was doing, and
I was completely improvising along the way, but I was determined to make this new territory
beautiful and homey for our ants. And so AC Family, after hours of breaking
away at faux rock and arranging of decor, I am pleased to present to you “Golden Rock”,
the soon-to-be new stomping grounds of our Golden Empire. Do you like it? What do you guys think? Let me show you around. Golden Rock was inspired by the natural terrain
in which I have seen yellow crazy ants in the wild. It is a simulated volcanic rock escarpment
complete with lichens, mosses, tropical foliage, sticks, and crevices and presented at the center of Golden Rock’s
cliff face, the Youtube Gold Play Button, shining like a beautifully polished stone
adorning the territories. Now this setup was designed to be dry and
soiless and I didn’t want to add digging medium because the structure wasn’t designed to hold
moisture. You see the back is made of painted plywood,
which could rot if moist soil was added, and I didn’t want to paint the entire thing with
water sealant, in fear of toxic materials killing the ants. Also this setup would no longer be opened
after being sealed so dry meant cleaner interior and easier maintenance. So the question we needed to answer now was
“What would make Golden Rock interesting for our ants?” Why would the ants want to come here? If we just connected the colony to this Gold
Play Button as is, they might wander a bit but get bored and find it dead space for the
colony. So, AC Family, my solution? Four entrances drilled directly into the plastic
plated plywood framing, and polytubing inserted into them. One of these entrances would be the official
entrance to the territories, and the others, to accomodate test tubes with some goodies
for the ants to discover. On one side I attached a test tube of some
dry fish food and on the other, some blue-dyed honey. So now the Golden Empire had a reason to come
to Golden Rock. Golden Rock would from now on be a hub for
food collection. And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting
for. The moment of truth. It was time to move our Golden Empire, our
booming colony of yellow crazy ants into their new Youtube Gold Play Button territories we
call Golden Rock. Here we go, my plan was we needed a way to
safely connect the Hacienda Del Dorado to Golden Rock, but there way no way I was going
to drill a hole through this glass. It is certainly possible to drill holes throug
aquarium glass with special drill bits but, in all my experience working with glass and
creating ant farms, there are a million and one ways to screw it up and completely crack
and ruin the glass, and I wasn’t willing to take that risk today, lest the Golden Empire
is suddenly given the chance to move into my whole place! And so here is my hack for those who need
to connect their ant colonies in aquariums to another living area. First, I take a plastic water bottle and cut
it here, to create a sort of funnel. Then I take some baby powder and mix it with
rubbing alcohol until the mixture is uniform, then completely smother the inside of the
funnel, as well as the outside with this mixture. It dries in about 10 minutes and becomes super
slippery for the ants. The idea was to situate this funnel at the
top of terrarium using a barbeque skewer and then fasten the tube leading out of the terrarium
through this slippery funnel. This way the ants could travel through the
tube but not climb out of the terrarium by climbing the outside of the tube. So here we go, guys are you ready? It was time to see if our Golden Empire would
like these new lands we are introducing to them. 1 – 2 -3. I placed the tube into our slippery funnel
then stuffed all spaced between with cotton. I placed the tube into the ficus foliage for
the ants to discover. The other end of this tube was attached to
this entrance of Golden Rock. The ants instantly began to climb the tube,
but hadn’t yet thought of climbing through it. As planned the ants climbed the outside of
the tube but could not escape due to our special funnel. Suddenly, a few minutes later, one inquisitive
and brave ant decides to walk through the tube to explore. It moves up the tube, and out of the Hacienda
Del Dorado. This was the very first time any Golden Empire
worker has left the boundaries of the Hacienda Del Dorado in almost a year, and considering
the fact that ant workers live for only two months, it was certainly the very first time
this worker has ever left. She was going to be the official discoverer
of Golden Rock. She excitely rushed through the tube across
the great chasm and on to Fire Nation continent. She rushed into Golden Rock. With joy and jubilee, the ant immediately
began to explore this wide and open rockscape, running and mapping out these new territories. If you’ve never seen an excited and happy
ant, this is what it looks like! And look, here comes a second ant explorer. Her sister will officially be the second to
set tarsi on Golden Rock territories. Back at the Hacienda Del Dorado, it seems
most ants are preoccupied with trying to get out of the terrarium by climbing the tube,
which may seem pretty unintelligent on the ants’ part, but see this is the beauty of
ant intelligence. The very few who do happen to stumble their
way into the tube, end up communicating their discovery to the other ants. And look, here returns one of the ants from
Golden Rock to announce the news to the rest of the Empire. She’s got some joyous news to tell of a new
promised land beyond the borders of the Hacienda Del Dorado. It wasn’t long before more and more ants decide
to check out the hype and also return home to announce their findings to the rest of
the colony. With this continuing message of new property
becoming a trending topic witin the Golden Empire, I knew it wasn’t long before the ants
would start an impressive ant trail between the two lands, and the news was about to kick
up a notch. One ant has found our reservoir of blue honey. After having a sip, it is suddenly full of
excitement and lets other ants it comes in contact with know that “OMG, there’s a huge
pool of honey down there! Go see for yourself and get some!” This quick vibrating you see here is known
as stridulation. If we were to place a tiny microphone close
to them we would hear a chattering noise. By rubbing body parts together and causing
a big vibrational fuss, they literally communicate “the latest buzz”, pun completely intended,
and this excites other ants to go check out whatever it was that was causing excitement. It’s a more physical mode of ant communication,
unlike the usual pheromones which is more biochemical. When the message of sweet honey got back to
the colony, the trail was officially under way. Check it out! The ants had not discovered the fish food
yet. It was just amazing to see the ants excitely
exploring and mapping out our design. The honey was the newest talk of the town! Look at all those ants with full social stomachs. You can see the blue through their bodies. Later as the honey starts to dilute a bit
by mixing with the ants’ drinking water and inner fluids, the ants appear green, as we
saw in a previous video. With all this stored honey, they make their
way back to the nest to share it with the rest of the family. The way they do it is through an awesome process
called trophallaxis: I call it the kiss of life. Honey is regurgitated from their social stomachs
and passed by mouth to hungry ants. It looks like many ants have come back for
seconds! Wanna see something funny? Of course after all that sugary food, the
ants get food coma. Check out these ants that have stationed themselves
in one of the crevices in the rock. It seems they’ve designated it their place
to nap. According to a study, ants take hundreds of
power naps which last only a couple minutes, before waking up and continuing on with business
as usual. All night, the ants continued to explore Golden
Rock and hang out in cool spots within the multifaceted rock face. The next day, the ants are still working on
the honey! Check out their green bodies! It looks like our fish food wasn’t such a
hit. They’re just trying to dig into it at this
point. No worries, though. I want Golden Rock to be a place where we
can test new and different foods. I plan to constantly switch up the offerings
in these exits, perhaps offer a tube of water, or various insects, different sweets, and
sometimes I even just want to make exits dead ends. Essentially, the more we keep the ants guessing,
the less chances they have to fall into routine which became a concern in the Hacienda Del
Dorado. These past few days and nights, I’ve spent
a lot of time just sitting and watching the ants frolicking and congregating in places
around Golden Rock, and I realized something pretty neat. Yes, the ants on this channel will never really
know how many human beings from all around the globe watch them every week, following
their daily lives and quietly supporting them from afar, nor will they ever know how much
joy and inspiration they bring to us, just by being ants, but I feel, that at least by
giving them the chance to find a home within this custom-designed Gold Play button, now
called Golden Rock, they too can benefit in a way, and enjoy this milestone of 1 million
subscribers with us. To all those who have been gracious enough
to subscribe to this channel and are part of this epic ant journey, on behalf of the
ant colonies presently and those of the past on this channel, thank you. AC Family, you’ve each inspired me and showed
the world that ant love truly is forever. Alright! Thanks for watching, AC Family. We’re now on the road to the next milestone:
10M! Crazy to think about right?! Well, I used to think reaching 1 million subscribers
was unattainable especially for an ant channel! But you all proved me wrong, so until we hit
the next milestone, please LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE if you haven’t yet. If you enjoy nature, or even if you don’t,
hit that subscribe button and discover the dramatic and crazy world that insects live
on the micro level. It will blow your mind, right AC Family? AC Inner Colony I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch extended play footage of the Golden Empire
moving into Golden Rock. Now, before we proceed to the AC Question
of the Week, I have an awesome announcement! In case you haven’t heard yet, our annual
Christmas Sale at AntsCanada.com is in full effect! This year we have a great sale on our brand
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1st, 2018 and we also have gift cards in case you would like to get your special loved one
an ant setup but are not sure what they would want. Keep ants with me and discover how amazing
these creatures are in real life! Alright, and now it’s time for the AC Question
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in the Tomb Raider’s Setup. Congratulations to Mariam Hussain who correctly
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My PET ANTS Showed Me THIS in their New ANT FARM

My PET ANTS Showed Me THIS in their New ANT FARM


Above our tarantula goddess’ Arachno Sanctorium,
lies an outworld containing one of the most extraordinary ant colonies, I’ve ever kept. A recovering township of yellow crazy ants
works fastidiously across the terrain of their outworld, a holding cell and quarantine of
an empire previously scorned. These are the survivors of the Golden Empire,
a once flourishing and powerful ant kingdom, numbering in the millions, but quickly reduced
to these few hundreds after a lethal mite plague struck them. These mites attached to the bodies of the
ants and sucked their blood, until they each died off one by one. But luckily, we were able to save a few of
them, with the help of some predatory mites harvested from great beetles, who eventually
eradicated the bad vampiric mites from the ants. So today, the Golden Empire, one of the oldest
and most cherished ant colonies on this channel takes its first joyful step upward, resilient
as ever, despite losing their once great numbers, and even their previous kingdom of old, as
we watch these amazing ants move into their brand new royal home, that I’m positive you
all will love building with me and watching the ants move into! But most important of all, wait until you
see, what shocking thing I discovered at the end of this video, once the Golden Empire
was all moved in! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! These ants have no idea what’s up ahead for
them. After having suffered such a tough past, The
Golden Empire truly deserves this new home I have planned. What’s interesting to note is that each one
of these worker ants aside from the queen, was born within the past two or three months. You see, worker ants only live for two to
three months tops, while the queen ant who is hiding somewhere in this mass, and who
we’ll see later on in this video, can live for decades, as much as thirty years in some
species, so isn’t it crazy to think that these ants probably have no idea what hardship their
older sisters and colony had undergone in their not too distant history? Now take a look at this, AC Family. See all that brood? Those are piles of cocoons, eggs, and larvae
all above ground. The reason for this is because I’ve recently
watered their territories and in response they’ve transported their young above ground,
a response these tropical ants naturally do in the event of rain to avoid drowning from
tropical flooding. But usually the ants won’t need to do this
if they nest in a place that is higher above ground or where flood water can’t access. I felt bad seeing the ants have to constantly
bring their brood above ground every time I watered their territories. And look where else the ants have decided
to pile their brood during such times! Ants, eggs, larvae, and pupae are all jam
packed in their water test tube, their reservoir for fresh drinking water. They just love how the space is both humid
but also dry from the periodic floods. They’ve even gone and done the same thing
in their sugar water reservoir! And so AC Family, I felt the time had come
for the ants to have a more secure place to nest, where they wouldn’t have to worry about
these routine floods and they could be certain they could live in peace. And now that the ants were completely parasitic
mite-free, healthy, and on their way to full recovery, quarantining them here in this outworld
was no longer necessary. It was time to give the Golden Empire their
first ant nesting space, since their great and necessary exodus from their previous home. I think you guys might love what I had planned
ahead, and furthermore what awesome thing the Golden Empire ended up revealing to us
once they all settled in! Behold! The future royal quarters of the Golden Empire. An AC Hybird Nest 2.0 Tetramorium, but with
some customizations. Let’s have a look! I’ve laced the tunnels and rooms with gravel
and sphagnum moss to help the Golden Empire feel much more cozy once moved in. My intentions are for the ants to move these
bits of debris around as they please so they can totally customize their living space as
they feel fit. This debris will also be water absorbent and
help keep humidity levels up. These ants like humid nests and don’t do well
in dry nests, so adding these moisture sponges will truly help the ants, the young, and the
queen feel truly comfortable. When moving ants into a formicarium, i.e.
an ant farm, it’s important to know what conditions their species usually prefer. In the case of the Golden Empire, who are
yellow crazy ants, they like medium to high humidity in their nest and don’t do well in
dry nests. Ants like most carpenter ants and harvester
ants, on the other hand, prefer medium to drier nests. I think the Golden Empire will really like
this space! By the way, for those wondering, this here
is the Tetramorium version of the AC Hybrid Nest, inspired by Tetramorium nests, that
is, the nests of pavement ant, but can be used for any species of ant that fits. I think I’ll add a bit more sphagnum moss
bits… and I’ll also add some piles of coconut fiber, which are highly water absorbent and
don’t rot easily. This will also help keep humidity levels up,
and they’ll also likely use this coconut fiber to bury and close off any rooms they decide
to store their waste, rooms that get moldy, or choose as the colony bathroom area. And just like that interior decorating done! The next step was to glue on the glass pane
that will enclose this entire nest space, so to do that, I just use Elmer’s School glue,
non-toxic to ants and easy to use. You don’t need to glue the glass on, for easy
removal and cleaning later, but here in the tropics, we have to worry about tiny wild
ants like pharaoh ants and ghost ants which are small enough to fit under the glass and
totally invade this nest, plus we don’t want another foreign parasitic mite episode, so
I’m gluing this bad boy! And on goes the pane of glass, and voila! Done! I’ll place the cover on to keep the space
nice and dark and give the nest 24 hrs for the glue to dry. In the lower hydration tub I’ve decided to
use sphagnum moss to keep the nest nice and humid. I find this stuff to be highly water absorbent,
chemical-free, easily replaceable, and a great way to keep Hybrid Nests hydrated. Now if you’re new to Hybrid Nests, here’s
how the ant farm technology works! This lower area of the nest here is the humid
end of the nest. The floor of this lower area is perforated
with tiny microholes which suck the water from the tub below via capillary action, and
deliver moisture and humidity to this lower nest region. The upper areas of the nest with unperforated
floors remain drier. It’s important to have a moisture gradient
in an ant farm so the ants can hydroregulate and choose which areas to keep what. They’ll be adjusting brood locations, garbage
and bathroom areas, queen quarters, and food storage according to moisture needs. With this Hybrid Nest, I’ll probably only
need to water the nest about once a week, by pouring water into this tub area. The Sphagnum moss inside will absorb the water
and deliver it upwards into the nest! Several years ago, in the Golden Empire’s
very beginnings, they lived in an earlier version of a Hybrid Nest, so I can’t wait
to see them move in here for nostalgic feels! Are you guys excited, too? Building ant homes like this is one of my
favourite things to do and so is moving ants in! It was finally time to give the Golden Empire
their new, well-deserved home! It was the next evening, and the creatures
of the Ant Room were winding down or winding up for the night. Our new vampire crabs could sense something
was up, and they were right, for above their crab island Vampiron, sat the Golden Empire’s
outworld. The Golden Empire was restless in their enclosure,
for they could feel something was slightly different tonight. More about that in a bit, but meanwhile the
Golden Empire’s new home lay just below waiting and ready to be populated. The glue had fully dried now and nest previously
hydrated. Now AC Family, here was the plan. The AC Outworld has been situated atop Vampiron’s
light fixture. This LED light fixture is currently set on
blue light. It can be set on blue or full blast in full
spectrum. My plan is to use heat to encourage the ants
to move out of this set up and into the new nest. The blue light has begun the warming process. It’s not hot, but just a bit warm to get the
ants to start feeling “antsy”… Hehe. Sorry, I just had to! But once this LED is turned on full-blast
it will start to get quite warm and the ants will begin to look for a new cooler place
to nest. Now see this water test tube here? I’ll be disconnecting it and place a long
tube which will run down to this hole here for entrance into the nest. And in case you were wondering what this second
hole is for, that’s just for a heating cable for those living in places with cold weather
needing to heat their ants or ants kept in an air-conditioned room. We won’t be using this. As for this hole, I’ll be removing the plug
and placing the ants’ water test tube in its place. The plug will be placed here for now. Here was the tube that would be the bridge
to their new lavish lair below! Alright, AC Family all was set! Are you ready to move the Golden Empire in? I know I am! Let’s do this! I plugged the tube into the nest hole, and
now to remove this test tube. I carefully slid it off and quickly secured
the tube in its spot. Thankfully, only one ant managed to jump out
during the swap, but I caught it and placed it back into the outworld. Instantly the ants began to make their way
down the tube and into the nest. Haha! Oh look how excited they are finding this
new strange space. I just love this part! And as planned, in goes the removed water
test tube into this hole. Alright and now to turn on the LED light to
full blast, and we’re done! Now let’s watch the ants as they move in to
the new home! Message of the new territories spread quickly
to members of the colony, causing inquiring ants to wander curiously down into the foreign
lands to check out the hype. Ants were also returning to the outworld to
spread the word that indeed there was a new place the colony might like to explore further. How I loved watching the ants explore the
tunnels of the new nest! As for the ants stationed in the water test
tube, they too had begun to explore the new home and had by now met up with ants coming
in from the main colony. The ants delighted as they explored every
little corner of the nest! It wasn’t long before it was clear that the
ants were now completely hyped about this rumored space that was a good candidate for
habitation, a place that was cooler, moist, comfortable and large. The ants carried these messages using pheromones,
biochemicals produced by their body, seeing as ants can’t communicate through voice. They also vibrated their bodies to excite
nearby ants. You could almost hear the ants conversing. Let’s see what all the hype is about. OMG, the rumors are true! It is an awesome place. I bet the space is still unsafe for the queen
and brood! It was important that the new potential space
be verified and quality checked by many ants before they decide to make an official move
just in case the new space turns out to be unfit or unsafe for any reason. This approval process was absolutely necessary
because imagine if they moved in and this space turned out to be an ant-eater’s den
or an ant-eating frog’s hangout or even another ant colony’s nest? I could tell the ants still hadn’t felt the
nest to be fit for habitation because the ants in the water test tube were still holding
the brood in place. We will know the ants have given their stamp
of approval once they start transporting the brood inside, but I was confident the time
would come when they fall in love with the territories. And to help speed this process up, it was
time to place the cover on top. Ants naturally love darkness in their nests,
so this would help deem the space nest-able! The crabs watched curiously from the shores
of Vampiron as the Golden Empire traveled to and from the Hybrid Nest delivering messages
and key geographical mapping info. The ants continued to vibrate their bodies
more and more and were probably releasing more approval pheromones to get all inquiring
ants excited so they could let the rest of the colony know that they should start a move. Major colony decisions are democratic in nature
and require campaigning, and look! It looks like the campaigning is working! One ant has decided to carry in a mature larva! But it looks like she’s keeping the larva
here for now. It seems she isn’t 100% convinced that the
newly chartered lands below are fit for the brood to be stored. I watched as she continued to wait for more
convincing information and perhaps a greater number of ants to give their stamps of approval. What you’re witnessing here AC Family, is
ant democracy at work! The crabs lost interest in this ant highway
pretty fast. As the outworld continued to heat up, ants
began to look for new cooler places to transport their brood. Ants in the sugar test tube were also showing
signs of agitation due to the heat. I knew it wouldn’t be long now until the ants
began their move… or at least that’s what I thought! Check out what I saw a few hours later. Returning to the nest, I was expecting to
see a full out emmigration operation under way. But instead, I saw this. A heated nest and tonnes of ants and brood
filling the tube. Looks like the ants had decided to live in
the tube for now. I bet the ants were still in the process of
approving the nest space. This generation of Golden Empire worker ants
were definitely picky! They clutched their brood and stationed themselves
in place as the approval process continued. They seemed happy in the tube for now, so
I was in no rush to force them to emmigrate into the nest we made for them. In cases like this, you want the ants to decide
on their own that a nest given to them is fit to live in. The ants know best when it is time for them
to set up shop. Perhaps the nest was too moist at the moment,
perhaps they just were still foreign to plastic walls? But then, what I spotted next made me hopeful. Looking into the water test tube, I could
tell a lot of the brood had been moved in. This meant, AC Family, that the ants had begun
to call at least parts of the Hybrid Nest home! After living safely in this outworld for so
long, I don’t blame them for being attached to the lands. If this was the case, I didn’t want to disturb
the ants at all, so instead of peeking into the Hybrid Nest, I decided to give the ants
their privacy and go to bed. And AC Family, waking up the next morning,
I checked up on the ants and you won’t believe what I saw. An almost empty outworld, and an almost empty
tube. Moving downwards towards the nest, I came
to a grouping of ants and brood, woah, a very large grouping of ants and brood! But are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Look! There! By the nest entrance stood the royal queen! And even more awesome nearby was, OMG another
queen! The quarantined colony had two queens! The reason this double queen revelation was
amazing news is because if you recall, this salvation operation from the mites, involved
quarantining one healthy queen and reintroducing her into the collected quarantined colony. We never really knew if there were other queens
in this collected colony, but we at least knew there was one healthy egg-laying queen
and that was all we needed to keep the colony going. But I guess we were lucky and the Golden Empire
had two queens. But hold on. It turns out there was more, AC Family! I opened to the Hybrid Nest to peek inside
and check out what I saw! Tonnes of ants and brood everywhere! The ants scurried about and hung out at different
sections of the nest, some carrying brood to and from various locations. It was so satisfying to see how the Golden
Empire had transformed this space into their new home! AC Family, it was clear the Golden Empire
loved it! They really, really loved it! And check out what else I spotted! Some ants had eclosed emerging from their
cocoons overnight as adult ants. See that light-coloured ant there? This new nest was their first experience of
life as adult ants. Can you imagine what this ant might be thinking
right now? Hey, so this was why you guys were rattling
me around all night! And as I looked around further, the biggest
shock of all! There! See her?! That large gaster? It’s a third queen huddled under all that
chaos! The Golden Empire had officially attained
3 healthy, egg-laying queens! But AC Family, that’s not all! A fourth queen spotted at this corner, with
workers carrying her newly laid eggs! Alright! But AC Family, that’s again not all! Could it be? Yes, a fifth queen there surrounded by workers
tending to her and plucking every egg she laid. I wondered if there were more queens huddled
somewhere in this darkness but either way judging from all the eggs the workers were
collecting, it was clear the Golden Empire was well on their road to recovery, and I
knew in my heart that they’d once again see the massive numbers they once knew. The initial Golden Empire had 7 queens, but
now we knew for sure they had at least 5 of those queens alive and laying. These queens were the originals, who have
seen the rise and fall and rise again of their supercolony. And look what else I spotted, here at this
corner! A male alate! The Golden Empire was producing reproductives! This was something I’ve never yet seen the
Golden Empire do so for sure this was a good sign of continued health, growth, and prosperity
to come! This entire sight and moment was truly magical
and moving for me, because it showed me first hand how persistent nature can be at surviving. Regardless of what hardships befell the Golden
Empire, regardless of what life threw at them, and in their past there have been many, these
ants have continued to thrive and fight on! It was this very display of vitality and vigor
in the face hardship, hostility, and seeming hopelessness that reminded me how all life
on Earth was made possible. I felt truly honoured to be able to witness
the journey these ants have been on with our own eyes, and to experience this moment of
the Golden Empire moving into this new home with you guys! They were an inspiration to keep fighting,
that anything was possible, and that anyone or anything could once again rise triumphantly
like a golden phoenix, even a colony of little ants. By night, I had fixed and completed the Golden
Empire’s set up. I fixed their outworld to look much more naturalistic,
to be their new outdoor living area where I’d be placing the food. The water test tube would continue to provide
the colony with fresh water, and the sugar test tube with the liquid carbs needed to
power the colony. And as is AC tradition, I gave them a house
warming gift of roach meat to welcome them home. We will continue to expand this setup as the
colony grows, and I look forward to giving them an absolutely massive kingdom in the
future. For now the Golden Empire was going to live
comfortably in their beautiful yet simple ant farm set up between the Arachno Sanctorium
and Vampiron. Long live the Golden Empire! Alright, AC Family, what do you think? Are you guys as happy as I am that the Golden
Empire is well on their way to recovery? Amazing to find out there are at least five
queens, though right? What a great surprise! There is still much more ahead in the Antiverse,
though, with the other ant kingdoms, so guys if you’re not subscribed yet, what are you
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playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to watch extended play footage of the Golden Empire moving in
to their new home all to the sounds of relaxing music. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Name one of the materials used
to build the island of Vampiron. There were several correct answers, but congratulations
to KittyKat11 who correctly answered: Filter Foam. Congratulations, KittyKat11, you just won
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ask: What did we use to
move the Golden Empire into the new Hybrid Nest? Leave your answer in the comments section
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Ants vs. Praying Mantis

Ants vs. Praying Mantis


Warning: What you’re about to see in this
video will blow your mind! Keeping an ant colony is very much like caring
for a growing city. You starts small, with just a few pioneering
members, but over time, you find yourself managing a booming metropolis with a massive
population. But what do you do when the population of
ants reaches a point of unsustainability? Welcome to the Hacienda Del Dorado, home of
our mighty Golden Empire, our huge colony of Yellow Crazy Ants who are so close to outgrowing
their space, resources, and even food. If you’ve been following this channel for
awhile, you know that this ant empire has conquered some incredible past events that
have only strengthen them. These ants have survived a mite plague, they’ve
even survived carnivorous plants in their lands, so today I was about to try something
I never ever thought I’d attempt. The Golden Empire’s unchecked population absolutely
needed to be controlled somehow and fast, so I was left with no choice, but to resort
to the introducion of a very well-known predator to help curb their population. Today, we will be releasing into the Hacienda
Del Dorado, a praying mantis. But will the praying mantis survive against
our Golden hoarde. Who will end up eating who? You won’t want to miss a single action-packed
moment, as well as a surprise revelation of what else I found living inside the Hacienda
Del Dorado, so keep on watching until the end! AC Family, today we discover just how complex
the predator-prey relationship can be in the world of insects, in this episode of the AntsCanada
Ant Channel. Please subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy. Check out the Hacienda Del Dorado today. It is amazing to see how much this terrarium
has evolved and changed over time. It seems every month the terrain and relationships
between the living things inhabitting these lands evolve. What I find the most impressive is the vegetation
in this terrarium. These lands have developed into a magical
and wild rainforest! Check out these vines of the ficus that have
carpeted all areas of the terrarium. It is by far the main botanical monopolizer
of these territories. And what’s amazing is that it also has begun
to climb and attach itself to the glass. The roots are so effective at helping the
ficus’ vines climb that the ficus plant manages to cling onto microscopic ridges in the glass
surface. With all these plants that seemingly rule
this world, it doesn’t seem like we have an ant population problem at all. In fact, it even seems that there are less
ants seen than normal. But don’t be fooled, AC Family, for below
all the plant cover working silently but relentlessly are workers of the Golden Empire. All these towering plants everywhere have
interestingly created a variety of different niches and sections with their own microclimates
and unique spaces within the terrarium, which the Golden Empire is enjoying now more than
ever. With a closer look at these bare areas, you
will see that ant activity is still busy as usual. The Golden Empire still never sleeps and is
ready to get drastic at any moment. Their grossly huge population is most evident
at feeding time. Watch what happens, AC Family, when I place
a roach into here. Once a few members are made aware of the cockroach,
it isn’t long before a mass of ants come ravaging the cockroach. So as you can see, this colony which last
we checked had 8 queens, but may possibly have more is still growing and active as ever. They are actually running out of space, and
soon, their demands for food may be hard for me to keep up with. This colony is now up to 5 adult cockroaches
a night and a jar of small honey every 3-5 days. That’s a lot of food! So you see, I absolutely needed to cut down
their population but in a way that was natural and humane. Adding carnivorous plants didn’t seem to work
in the past. They only became insectivorous for a short
period of time, and the ants eventually started piling dead insect parts into the pitcher
plants rendering the pitcher plants ineffective when they were in insectivorous mode! I also found that the pitcher plants created
pitchers in seasons, and it was now an off season. No pitchers had grown from the stems. But I know what some of you might be thinking. Is adding a major predator into the territory
of the Golden Empire a wise choice? After all, a few months ago we attempted the
introduction of some giant millipedes into this terrarium to try to control the plant
life, but in the end they disappeared after that. We never saw them again, and it has been months
since that introduction, so it was safe to say the millipedes sadly had not survived
the Golden Empire. But hold on. Ready for the plot twist? As I filmed the Golden Empire feasting on
their roach, a tiny movement caught my eye. It was a little peach-coloured creature. It crawled inconspicuously on the surface
of the soil, unphased by the ants that clamoured about. My goodness, AC Family! I couldn’t believe my eyes. This was a baby millipede! The same species of the those that we added
several months ago. In fact, not only did I spot 1, but I spotted
several all around the terrarium! This was amazing! This meant that not only were the millipedes
that we introduced alive in here, but they also were breeding! The millipede introduction attempt was surprisingly
successful! In fact, the baby millipedes crawled under
and through the ants’ legs, and the ants didn’t seem to notice or care about the millipedes
being around. The two species were now living amicably together
and sharing living space! It was just an incredible thing to discover. OK, before we move on, please leave your suggestions
for names for the millipedes in this terrarium in the comments section and I will choose
my favourites for the AC Family to vote on in a future video. So you see, it certainly was possible for
some major creatures to live in here with the Golden Empire. The state of the land just needed to be right. I believed that with all this lush plant cover,
new niches, varied topography, and generally more places to hide and live apart from each
other, it made cohabitation and sharing of living space a much easier matter for all
the inhabitants of the Hacienda Del Dorado. This was why I strongly felt that if we were
to introduce a predator into these lands, now was a good time to do it, more so than
before. So AC Family, let’s meet her, shall we? Above the Hacienda Del Dorado, awaiting in
her own holding cell, was our predator of choice. Behold, Hierodula sp., an Asian Praying Mantis. Isn’t she just a beautiful specimen? Wow! Our asian praying mantis here is just a juvenile
measuring about an inch long. She is an awesome brown colour, but her species
also comes in a bright green variety. If her abdomen wasn’t showing signs of breathing,
I could have easily not seen her against a natural background, as she stood perfectly
still. As the name suggests, they are native to the
tropics of southeast Asia and are actually among the largest of mantises. In fact, as adults they can reach up to 10
centimetres or 3.9 inches in body length, excluding extended forelegs. Perhaps my favourite feature are her eyes! Just look at them! Her eye sight is absolutely on point, and
those big eyes see extremely well. Her head is capable of turning 360 degrees
allowing her to see all areas around her easily. They need good vision to hunt. Mantises like this young lady here are voracious
predators, and at this size, she is the perfect predator to feed on selected members of the
Golden Empire, and thereby be a living, natural population stabilizer. I chose her for a few reasons. First, I knew praying mantises were naturally
voracious eaters, as they are even cannibalistic in nature, often eating their own kind! This meant that she could eat many ants, as
this was greatly needed. Second, I also knew she had the skills and
capabilities to survive against the ravenous Golden Empire within this terrarium. Take her keen eye sight, for instance. Not only were those eyes and fully rotating
head adept for hunting, but they were also perfect for avoiding being hunted. I knew she would be able to spot any approaching
Golden Empire worker, giving her enough chance to escape to safety if needed. They are also extremely intelligent creatures,
and you can almost see her thinking behind that hypnotic gaze. I knew she had the brains to get away if she
needed to. This species of mantis is also extremely agile,
and inhabits shrubs and trees. She can jump around twice her body length,
especially at this age! It was for this reason that I installed a
network of refuge vines for her, which were not in contact with the ground, glass sides,
nor plants of the Hacienda Del Dorado, meaning she could retreat to it if she needed to,
but the ants who weren’t capable of jumping, would not have been able reach her there. Finally, I chose this species as a predator
for the Hacienda Del Dorado because of her evolved method of killing. Of course, we love all insects on this channel,
and even do our best to dispatch prey insects as quickly and humanely as possible. Those huge, razor sharp spines on the forelegs
of this mantis were specially designed to kill prey effectively and quickly. I knew that if she were to kill our ants,
the death blow would be fast and quick, no venom, no prolonged agonizing death. So AC Family, it was time to do this. It was time to introduce this asian praying
mantis, an evolutionary ant-eating machine to help us control the population of the Golden
Empire. Here we go. 1 – 2 – 3. I transported the mantis onto a vine branch. Without a fight, she accepted her new perch. I held my breath. Instantly, she spotted the ants moving all
around her. She was clearly awake and stimulated, but
she stayed perfectly still. Over the next hour, I watched as she examined
and seemed to study the Golden Empire, who were obviously not aware of her presence. All she did over the next few hours was watch
and study, but not move. Can you believe that for almost 4 hours she
stayed perfectly still in the same spot, at which I’d deposited her? And then finally, the mantis began to move. Like a stick blowing in the wind, she swayed
back and forth, moving bit by bit in such a gradual manner. I couldn’t believe how careful and patient
she was at moving in this way. It was important that mantises moved like
this, because most of their natural prey, like flies, bees, and butterflies all have
very good vision, so moving in this manner helped them remain unnoticed to their prey. Their colouration also worked well at concealing
their outline and shape in the entanglement of branches. All of this was also essential at keeping
them from becoming prey. The mantis eventually stopped movement and
remained still once again, simply watching the ants. I wonder if she was thinking and assessing
whether she was capable of picking off a worker ant. I almost felt like she knew that if she was
going to go in and feed on the ants, she definitely couldn’t rush it and absolutely needed to
take her time and plot out how she could snatch an ant without alarming the rest of the Golden
Empire. Like a calculating lioness, she studied the
ants below her, looking for a solo worker, perhaps one that showed signs of weakness
or unawareness. Again for another few hours, I sat and watched,
waiting for her to make another move, but it seemed she was going to really take her
time. This is something that the nature shows on
TV usually don’t show you: the amount of time and care that is invested in waiting for the
opportune moment, and the calculating that happens during these hunts. In the mantis world, patience was key. It was important that she chose the right
opportunity to strike, lest she alarm the rest of the colony and become a meal herself. She wasn’t stupid nor clumsy. Suddenly, when I thought she wasn’t going
to move all day, when I almost was not looking, like a cat she suddenly leaped right into
ant territory, at the exact moment I hit the record button. And there she was, now standing in a location
fully vulnerable and fully accessible to the Golden Empire, who still hadn’t yet noticed
her. She kept her composure, as our yellow crazy
ants moved about below her. My heart was racing watching this scene unfold. Suddenly, she began to move, again with her
stealthy swaying motion, down the stem of the pitcher plant she landed on, and in that
moment, in a flash she snatched a Golden Empire worker and began to feed. The worker ant seemed like a tiny meal in
her forearms, and indeed in less than two minutes, she had finished consuming the ant
and proceeded to clean herself. Now we knew, she had a taste for ants. She was indeed going to be an effective population
control for the Golden Empire, but I began to wonder if she would also compete with the
Golden Empire for food. Sometimes, I feed the Golden Empire baby cockroaches,
and so for observation purposes, I wanted to see how our praying mantis would react
to prekilled baby cockroaches. As soon as she saw them around her she moved
in but was careful not to get caught up in the clutches of the Golden Empire. One wrong move, and she would have become
prey to her own food! She watched and studied. And oh no, here comes a Golden Empire worker
right now. Smelling the air with her antennae reaching
out, it was evident that the ant had picked up the possible precence of a guest. The mantis reared back as the ant investigated
with her antennae. If this ant were to detect the mantis there,
she surely would have informed the rest of the colony and this mantis would have been
dead meat! But lucky for the mantis, the ant decided
there was nobody there. The mantis remained unnoticed. Suddenly, when the right time came, the mantis
spotted an unclaimed baby cockroach and went in for the kill. She snatched it with lightning speed. Like a monkey that had just snatched its bounty,
the mantis climbed to a safer area to proceed to eat the cockroach. As she ate, I watched as ants began to detect
the scent of the dying cockroach and came investigating around her, but she simply lifted
legs away, and at one point even flung an ant off her nonchallantly. I was not worried for her survival in the
Hacienda Del Dorado at all! I knew she could fend for herself in these
lands, and I was also taking notes. I was not to feed small prey insects to the
Golden Empire, lest she steal from them. So, my plans were to allow her to reside in
the Hacienda Del Dorado until she grew to a size where she was no longer interested
in feeding on ants, and release her back into the wild, perhaps replacing her with another
juvenile mantis. I will surely keep you all updated on her
progress and if she proves effective at controlling the population of the Golden Empire. So AC Family, go ahead! You know the drill! What shall we name this mantid empress and
new habitant of these territories? Leave your name suggestions in the comments
and I will choose my top favourites for the AC Family to vote on in a future video. Guys, if you enjoyed this video please give
it a thumbs up, let me know what you thought, and if you’re not part of the AC Family yet,
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the epic lives of ants. It’s ant love forever! Alright, AC Family, before we continue on
to the AC Question of the Week, I’d like to thank Mr. JP Raguro, a mantid keeper friend
of mine who provided me with the gorgeous asian praying mantis featured in this video. Be sure to check out his channel in the link
in the description box. Also, I’m currently in an area of very slow
internet so AC Inner Colony check here for the hidden video, but if the icard doesn’t
pop up by the time you watch this video, please check back in a few days as it will surely
be up soon! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week, we asked: List one of the common names
of the snake featured in this video? Congratulations to Kian Gecko who correctly
answered: Common Blind Snake Congratulations Kian Gecko you just won a
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ask: List one reason why the
praying mantis was an ideal predator to control the
Golden Empire’s population. Leave your answer in the comments section
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Ant Cam POV: What It’s Like to Be a Yellow Crazy Ant

Ant Cam POV: What It’s Like to Be a Yellow Crazy Ant


Wow! Guys, ever wonder what it’s like to be an
ant? Like I mean get down to their level and size
and see what they see, stand among them, check out their microworld and experience the ant
perspective? Well, today we do exactly that, by watching
my yellow crazy ant super colony, called the Golden Empire, move into their specially designed
formicarium, and during this move, the ants are up front and center, literally in our
faces and tickling us with their antennae! You’re in for a big surprise so do keep on
watching until the very end of this video! AC Family, today we enter the Golden Empire’s
ant farm setup for a never before peek at the giant lives of these crazy ants, here
on the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUSBCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL ICON! Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Behold the most fortified encampment of the
Golden Empire, the queens’ quarters. If you look into the middle of all this chaos
you will see one queen there, another queen there on the right, and a third one lies somewhere
deeper here. Pretty cool that the Queens quarters are so
close to the surface at the moment that we can actually get to film them! You can even see one worker carrying a batch
of eggs right there. The Golden Empire here currently has at least
5 egg-laying queens, who all share the duties of laying the colony’s eggs. The fact that this colony has multiple queens
is pretty special in the ant world, as not all ants allow multiple queens living together
in harmony. There’s a fourth queen there being tended
to by an entourage of workers making sure she’s comfortable and protected. And wow! Looks like the fifth queen is also above ground
with a loyal worker hoisting up the batch of eggs she’s laid today. But something is different, and the fact that
all these queens are not in the nest, but instead, are above ground in their outworld,
is definitely out of the ordinary. AC Family, the colony is preparing for something
major, and it’s to happen very soon. But in order to understand what and why this
major event is about to happen, you must first understand what this colony has been through. If you’re new to the channel, the Golden Empire
here, this cute multi-queen yellow crazy ant supercolony is one of the OG ant colonies
of this channel, and has probably been through the most challenges of any ant colony I’ve
ever owned. They’re actually rehabilitating at the moment,
after having experienced a mass apocalypse, literally not even kidding! You see at one point they were a massive,
glorious colony of millions, but were unexpectedly hit by a lethal plague of blood-sucking mites
which reduced them to just a few hundreds. I was able to save a small population and
put them into quarantine, where I treated their vampiric body mites with predatory Hypoaspis
mites harvested from rhino beetles. We managed to recover five queens and the
colony has since continued to grow in numbers since their mass culling and following mite
cleanse. And so, I’m happy to announce that today the
colony is healthy and has grown nicely into their Hybrid Nest Outworld setup, and therefore
are ready for an additional expansion to their living space, and that AC Family brings me
to why these queens and all the workers seem to be preparing for a major operation, one
that will surely blow your mind as it did mine. It actually also has to do with the very big
surprise I mentioned at the start of this video! Hang tight, because the most incredible event
and footage we’ve ever shot on this channel is about to happen in just a few moments! Check this out, AC Family! What you see here is dried up sphagnum moss. It’s actually the hydration layer to the Golden
Empire’s Hybrid Nest ant farm. I’ve stopped watering this hydration layer,
and as a result, if you look into the Hybrid Nest, you’ll notice that the ants have completely
moved out. They simply treat this space like walking
area, and not nest area. These tunnels and chambers used to house the
majority of the colony, but because the space got a bit too dry for their liking, the colony
decided to move out and into their outworld where it was a bit more moist. It was all part of my plan! So once the majority of the colony was moved
into the outworld, I also stopped watering the outworld, not to the point where they
were suffering, but just enough for them to feel it was time for them to pick up the colony
and move to greener and wetter pastures. And that, AC Family, is what is about to happen
now. The Golden Empire is eager to move, all according
to plan! AC Family, behold the newest hi-tech ant real
estate, I am adding to the Golden Empire’s set up! It’s called an Ant Tower, but our newest large
version! It’s a state-of-the-art, 2-in-1 nest + outworld
ant farm enclosure, which I feel the Golden Empire will truly love and benefit from! Let me show you how it works! It’s an upright, dirt nest formicarium that
stands 9.5 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Picking it up, you’ll see that it’s cylindrical,
with a perforated top, and an interesting shape, but trust me, the design is pretty
sweet for housing an ant colony. Let’s take a look at the cover, which pops
off and is covered with microholes for ventilation. The microholes make for good ventilation but
are small enough to keep any outside wild ants from breaking in to invade, and trust
me, I’ve been there so I know full well just how important that is! It is designed so you can put your barrier
underneath or along the top of the Ant Tower. There’s also a feeding chute that pops right
off for easy feeding without having to remove the entire cover. Here you will notice there are three ports. These two large holes are entrance ports,
into which you can insert any of the two perforated plugs that fit snugly in, or a test tube adapter
in case you have an ant colony starting up in one of our ant test tubes. It just makes for easy moving of a budding
ant colony into the Ant Tower. In our case however we will be needing this
large vinyl tube which attaches snugly into the port hole without glue. This little perforated hole here is for attaching
a standard aquarium air pump in case you need a bit of air circulation inside the Ant Tower. Looking into the Ant Tower now, a rounded
barricade slides out which is normally used for smaller ants, but if you’re housing larger
ants, its removal creates a greater space for the ants to create their chambers and
tunnels between the inner and outer walls of the ant farm. The ants basically are forced to build their
nest tunnels and chambers up against the wall where you can see them. Sometimes it takes awhile, but as the colony
grows larger so do their tunnels and chambers, giving you more access into their nest Finally, the magic of this formicarium is
how it is hydrated. This hydration ring pops out and if you look
carefully there are microholes through which the water enters via capillary action, from
this water ring tub here. You can fill this space up with cotton or
whatever hydration medium you choose, or simply leave it empty if you wish. Water rises up into the digging medium, therby
providing the ants moisture. So on goes the lid… And there you have it! Our Ant Tower Large, available only at our
website AntsCanada.com. I’m truly excited to move the Golden Empire
into this! Alright, AC Family, enough talk. Let’s decorate this bad boy! First, I needed to add a layer of activated
carbon, not something that is required, but a precaution I’ve been doing lately to ensure
the soils remain nice and clean of toxins or poisonous elements. It also ensures there aren’t harmful trace
metals in the water soaking into the digging medium. Next, I added my soil, and with a trowel packed
the dirt down nicely into the spaces all around the central barricade. And after an hour of work, this is what the
Ant Tower habitat looked like. AC Family, behold, the newly decorated Ant
Tower and future addition to the kingdom of the Golden Empire! Isn’t it just cute? I absolutely love it! Let me show you around! But first, let me spray this little piece
of carefully crafted nature with some water to moisten the lands in preparation for the
ants soon. I truly love the dimension and shape of this
living, bioactive space. The plants and mosses used here, in what is
actually a mini terrarium are alive and beautiful, and will help create a very naturalistic home
for the Golden Empire. I used vein plants as the primary plant and
live java moss for ornamental ground cover. I’ve covered the ground in leaf litter and
wood chips to help give a naturalistic feel. The plants and tiny soil creatures living
here will feed on and thereby help break down the ants’ waste keeping everything within
this enclosed living space clean and cycling. So what do you think? Do you think the Golden Empire will like this
new home we’ve created for them? And so, AC Family, the moment we’ve all been
waiting for. Without further adieu, it’s time to move the
ants into their new home! You’re in for a treat, guys! The footage you’re about to see, was some
of the greatest footage I’ve ever captured in the history of this channel! First, I needed to add baby powder to the
inside of the lid. Though I choose for this to be one of those
forever enclosed terrariums, I still added some dry baby powder just in case I needed
to open the chute during the move for whatever reason. Next, I filled the bottom tub with water so
the entire nest would be hydrated. Now the entire environment was perfectly moist
and ready for the ants. OK AC Family, and now for the best part! What will make this move unlike any you’ve
ever seen and any we’ve ever filmed on this channel, is tonight we will get to see what
it is like from the ants’ perspective with a tiny microcamera planted inside their moving
tube! You guys have asked for this for years, and
finally, I’ve managed to make it happen! So cool right? I know! Just wait until you see the ants like you’ve
never seen them before! Here we go, AC Family, connecting the tube
at the Ant Tower port! And now to connect the tube into the Hybrid
Nest to give the colony access to their new home addition. Ready? 1 – 2 – 3! Attached! It wasn’t long before a curious ant started
to wander up into the tube, and enter the unchartered territories of the Ant Tower. I loved watching it explore the lands, then
return to the nest to call the entire gang! Little by little word began to spread of the
new fertile lands that lay just beyond this new strange tube that had been connected to
their territories, sending more and more ants to scout the new lands and verify that indeed
this was an ideal place into which the colony should move. Which then gave us the perfect opportunity
to get down to their size level and spy on them moving in! AC Family, time to enjoy some Golden Empire
Big Brother! The ants began to move into the Ant Tower
but also came up to check on the camera. Isn’t it crazy! This view at this micro size gave me chills,
in a good way. How about you? Oh my! It’s almost like their antennae are tickling
me! Hahahah! What we were seeing here was what it was like
to be a part of the Golden Empire move from I guess an ant’s perspective! It wasn’t long before these new territories
were the talk of the kingdom, and more and more ants started to scope their future home. I loved watching them climb the rocks, scale
the walls, and explore every little square centimeter of the lands. I knew just by looking at them that the move
was official and under way! A few hours later, this was what the tube
looked like! Whoa! Look at that traffic! Ahhhhh isn’t this crazy, AC Family? Look at them, they’re just in a complete mass. Seeing them at this level was pretty incredible
because it made me appreciate how effective their communication must be. Imagine, they all are on the same page seeing
as they all communicate via pheromones, and there are always multiple messages floating
around, but the ants despite this chaos of legs, antennae, and ant bodies all shuffling
about, seem to manage carrying out any operations they need pulled off? Seeing the ants like this completely blew
my mind! Here’s a bit of a time lapse! If you look carefully, you can see that several
mites have also come through the tube from their main nest, but I think these are friendly
mites, that feed on the ants’ waste. Now check out what the tube looked like several
hours later! Whoa! They created a cocoon pile! Wow I have never before seen ant cocoons up
this close and personal! There’s even a larva there in the pile, and
it seems to be busy in the process of spinning a cocoon casing! How awesome! I believe turning the light on in the tube
area for filming alarmed the ants and so they began transporting the brood pile out of the
area. And hey look! What a surprise! There’s a Hypoaspis mite, the mite species
that cleansed the Golden Empire of their lethal blood-sucking mites! Incredible to think that not only were the
ants moving into the new location, but their microscopic friends and soil allies were,
too! I felt this was such an incredible opportunity,
watching the Golden Empire for the very first time in this very way special way! It brought me a newfound appreciation for
these incredible golden ants we’ve cared for, and come to love for over three, at times
challenging, but always awesome years. 24 hours later, this is what I saw. A lot of the colony had moved into the Ant
Tower, and look! They completely redecorated! Haha! Ah well, I guess this was expected though,
right? I was totally fine with them customizing the
living space as they saw fit. They had totally burrowed into the soils and
created some massive ant hills within the Ant Tower. I expect the plants to survive though and
the lands to take shape over time. This entire move filled me with such joy because
I knew the Golden Empire here, though enduring such a difficult past, was well on the road
to recovery now to eventually rise once again into the glorious ant kingdom they once were. This additional ant tower will allow the colony
to have more nest space to house their growing population, the queens, and babies. I tried to stay up to catch the queens moving
into the new lands, but sadly, I fell asleep before I could catch them. They also haven’t dug up against the walls
yet, but I expect them to very soon! I’m in no rush to see all these things right
away. I’m only here to care for the ants and observe
what the ants allow me to see, and honestly, what we saw today was sensory overload enough! It felt as though for once, for a moment,
I was part of the Golden Empire, standing among them during such a large scale operation,
which I otherwise would have only been able to witness as giant from the outside trying
to make out the ants through a vinyl tubing wall. AC Family, I appreciate with all my heart
that you were here to join us. I’ll see you next week, and remember, it’s
ant love forever! AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? I couldn’t believe we were able to film what
we filmed today in that tube! Crazy right?! Hey, another very intense video is up ahead
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can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to watch the full, extended play close up footage of the ants
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it, so check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What was I looking for, the following morning,
to tell if queen ants had mated in my room? Congratulations to Victor Aina who correctly
answered: You were looking for broken
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ask: What other creatures other than the ants
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