Teleporting Carpenter Ants

Teleporting Carpenter Ants

But now AC Family, some shocking news! They always say great things come in threes. The Black Dragons of El Dragon, these Diacamma
ants of The Shire, and at the celestial birth of these kingdoms was also born another epic
ant kingdom! AC Family, behold, the Shire’s twin domain
known as, the Grove. That’s right, another ant colony! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! As ant keepers, it can sometimes be easy to
feel like gods, dieties in complete cosmic control over a universe in which live thousands
or even millions of precious lives under our care. After all, we as the ant keepers actively
control the environments our ants live in, we control their food, we control their life
events, and like omniscient beings managing all aspects of their universe, we set up the
stage to induce them to do what we want them to do, like move into a new home we took the
time to create for them. For the most part, ants can be predictable
doing exactly what we plan for them to do. But as you may have seen many times on this
channel, sometimes it’s when we underestimate the ants, that the ants completely shock us! This is exactly what happened to me with this
ant colony I am about to introduce to you, which managed to disappear without a trace,
and believe me, you will want to keep on watching until the end for the big shocking and amazing
revelation! Our epic ant story begins here, in the Grove,
a tropical forest groundscape I fashioned and designed with care, to be the future home
of our third new ant colony this year. It contained some attractive Peperomia and
Maranta vegetation, with attractive pieces of driftwood, along with a cute miniature
species of tillandsia. A great red rock cliff made a statement at
the center of the Grove. I couldn’t wait to introduce our new ants
into these lush, virgin territories. In last week’s video, I gave you teasers in
our hidden video as to what this special new ant species we’d be introducing to the channel
is, providing you clues in the form of a riddle. So AC Family, very quickly, let’s revisit
the riddle: In the night, you’ll find them hunting,
When it’s cool and moon is out, Once seen in Bornean jungles,
these ants without a doubt… Are likely found where you live,
in holes near hills of dust, They’re hated by the world,
But completely loved by us… These brand new ants are special,
they’re natives, not a tramp, Can you guess what new ants,
shall be setting up their camp? I was delighted to see that a lot of you,
AC Family submitted some very worthy guesses. Let’s see if you got it right! Within this test tube lies our new, fledgling
ant colony waiting to meet you. AC Family, it is with immense pleasure and
excitement that I introduce to you our new precious friends. Behold our brand new… Carpenter ants. Look at how gorgeous they are! So many workers! Here you’ll see workers of various sizes,
and they tend lovingly to healthy brood piles! And that right there, nestled cozily in the
middle of all of them is her royal highness, their queen. Just magnificent! I just love their rusty orange, brown colour. As indicated by the riddle, this particular
species of carpenter ant is mostly nocturnal, which is true for most of the carpenter ants
native my particular region of the world in Southeast Asia. At night, many insects emerge when it’s cooler
which also means better feeding, so these ants are indeed night owls. We actually saw some impressive carpenter
ants in a previous live stream on this channel, of a night time trek through the Borneo jungle
last year. What’s amazing about this particular genus
of ant is that they are found pretty much worldwide. I am certain the majority of you out there
has seen a carpenter ant at some point in your lives. Sadly, many carpenter ant species, as their
name suggests build their nests in wood, making them very notorious house pests, often leaving
their piles of sawdust beneath their nest entrances, as they don’t eat the wood unlike
termites. But for ant keepers, they’re a universal favourite
because they’re large, easy to keep, common, and are even polymorphic, meaning their workers
come in different sizes and shapes! Just take a look at the various sizes of workers
seen in this starting ant colony! We have large majors with bigger heads and
more slender minors with small heads, and pretty soon, we can expect the massive supermajors
to arrive! Oh, I just can’t wait! They are a very diverse and widespread genus,
and are generally not classified as tramp or invasive ants in the areas they are found,
but rather play important biological roles in the ecosystems they belong to. So, AC Family, there you have it. The ants that will be setting camp in the
Grove are our new Camponotus ants, our new carpenter ants. They’ll need a name, too, guys so you know
the drill! Leave your name suggestions for this colony
in the comments and I will choose my top 5 favourites for us to vote on in a future video. Now, I’ve been keeping carpenter ants my whole
life, and I am very familiar with their care, so naturally I was confident these ants here,
were going to be a breeze to care for, but little did I know these ants were about to
give me the surprise of my life. It was time to move them into the Grove. Now these particular carpenter ants whose
queen and starting workers were collected from my area, were found living inside a rotting
bamboo stick, so I tried my best to duplicate this habitat in the Grove, by fixating a hallowed
out bamboo stick right up against the glass, in hopes the carpenter ants would move into
here where we can still see them. My feeling was that this was going to be easy
and the move would be straight forward. The upper portion of the Grove was already
lined with a layer of fluon barrier to keep these carpenter ants inside. AC Family, are you ready to do this? It’s time to move our brand new ants into
their new home. I placed the exposed test tube inside the
Grove, making sure the opening of the test tube was close to the area where I had hoped
the ant colony would move into atop the hallow bamboo, which I covered on the outside with
black paper to make the inside of the bamboo nice and dark. Alright, and now to remove the cotton. Here we go 1… 2… 3… The ants seemed reluctant at first. Come on ladies! Come out. Trust me, you will love it here! Finally, the workers decided to wander out
and step onto Grove territory, and surprisingly directly into the darkness of the hallow bamboo! I couldn’t believe it! This was too easy! I told you, I knew carpenter ants didn’t I?! This started an entire chain reaction, with
the message of a cool new home spreading throughout the colony, and the ants began to pick up
and relocate. Workers carried brood into the bamboo hallow,
and in less than 20 minutes, the entire ant colony had moved in. Checking the test tube, and I was pleased
to discover it had been almost completely evacuated with remaining workers urging stubborn
ants to move in with the rest of them into the bamboo and bringing back remaining leftover
brood. This move was too easy and I already knew
keeping this new carpenter ant colony would be enjoyable. That was until I decided to peek into the
bamboo hallow. You won’t believe what I saw. AC Family, our carpenter ants had vanished. What?! Where did they go? I literally watched them move the entire colony
into the bamboo! I looked around in all possible crevices,
under, and the ends of the bamboo. There was no sign of our new ant colony. Where could they have gone? I tried my best not to panic. They had to be in there somewhere, right? I assumed that eventually, come feeding time,
I would see workers foraging and I could easily just follow them to wherever they were nested. Night fell, and on the first night, I placed
in some of my sweetest, most irresistible honey and a pre-killed baby cockroach. There was no sign of carpenter ants. In fact, despite leaving food out for the
ants every single night, there was no sign of ants anywhere. After 3 days of disappearance, I was really
concerned, then a week went by with no ants seen anywhere, then two weeks. When almost three weeks went by I was losing
hope. Had the ants gone into some kind of remission
due to unsuitable habitat? I was so sure they were going to love the
Grove! Were my food offerings not right? Perhaps the temperature or humidity of their
home? Maybe they were dying out due to unfavourable
conditions I didn’t take into consideration. Could they have escaped? My mind went wild thinking up the most dire
of scenarios, and I was close to completely tearing the Grove apart in hopes to find our
ants. Suddenly, I received flash backs of searching
for our Titans, desperately digging through the Garden of Eden. Should I try going to ground to search for
our new ants? Ultimately, I decided to hold back a little
bit longer. One day, I decided to water the plants of
the Grove as I realized in my complete worry, I had actually forgotten to water the plants
over the past few weeks, and AC Family, will you believe this? As I did it, I realized that some of the water
was draining down a very discreet and diminutive opening in the ground beneath the great rock
cliff at the center of the Grove. There was a hole here! Suddenly, some movement caught my eye. To my utter surprise, behind the rock I saw
our missing carpenter ants, who were now surfacing to avoid the waters entering their nest, which
I now knew was somewhere beneath this great rock cliff! Wow! They were here all along! How did they get here and how did they survive
so long without food? So many questions, but I was totally relieved
that our carpenter ants were actually alive and well all this time! And soon look who else decided to make an
appearance: her royal carpentry highness herself, the queen. Man, these ants even in this state of rained
out nest protocol, were absolutely beautiful to watch. Look at how their exoskeletons just glisten
in the light! It was then that I also noticed that some
of the workers had fully extended gasters, just filled with stored food! Oh, so this was how the colony was surviving
all this time! These ants had repeletes! Special workers designated to be living food
stores for the rest of the colony! The ants must have sent out workers discreetly
on some nights to consume some of the food I left out for them, and deposit the predigested
food into these repletes via regurgitational mouth to mouth transfer, an awesome thing
social insects do called trophallaxis. How clever of them! Now, I make sure to feed them near their nest
opening, and this time, if I’m lucky I actually catch them eating! But the one question that remained unanswered
was how did the ants teleport from the bamboo to their location under the rock? Well, last night, I randomly decided to place
food on top of the bamboo, just to make it not so easy for the ants, to make them work
a bit, and to my surprise, the ants came, but they emerged from within the bamboo! Ah-ha! this told me, that on the night of
their move they must have also begun to excavate a tunnel underground, that they dug eventually
all the way to beneath the central rock cliff! Wow! This means they did all of that within 20
minutes! Before the final workers were evacuated from
their tube on the night of their move, the majority of the colony was already deep in
the soil and far from our view. They completely hacked us, AC Family! Now that is a display of incredible digging
speed, and also a great reminder to me that perhaps my idea of being the Lord of the ants
is not an accurate depiction of our real relationship. My relation to the ants I care for is more
of a partnership, where I provide the ants with the things they need to survive and they
offer us an exclusive peek into the workings of nature, but not on our terms, on theirs. They choose what they want to do, where they
want to go, what they want to eat, and when. I was totally ok with this relationship, and
I reminded myself that as long as I remembered that ant keeping was a partnership, the ants
would continue to satisfy our deepest intrigue for nature voyeurism and curiosity. And speaking of this delicate and important
partnership, it seems one of our biggest ant colonies on this channel has been long deserving
of their own territory upgrade and expansion, and many of you have also shared this sentiment! AC Family, you guys demanded for an update
on the most famous and long-standing ants on this channel: the Fire Nation, our massive
and ravenous fire ant colony. These ants are the OG’s of the AntsCanada
ant channel, and it was time to give them a new home. And so AC Family, I would like to introduce
to you, a great new kingdom where fire and water shall meet! AC Family, behold! The “Selva de Fuego”, the Jungle of Fire! Here we go, AC Family! Things are about to heat up! Our very own Fire Nation is about to move
into a brand new upgraded home, the largest paludarium setup I’ve ever made, and trust
me, you won’t want to miss this huge fire ant episode so hit that subscribe button and
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for you here if you would just like to watch some super satisfying, extended play footage
of our new Camponotus ants moving in and feeding. Trust me! It’s super relaxing and therapeutic watching
the ants, so go ahead and give it a try! You never know what you might find in these
hidden videos. Wink. Also, I would like to plug my new daily vlogging
channel for those curious about what I do in between these weekly ant videos. Daily vlogs of my travels around the world
and often contains a lot of science and biology! Alright and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the Week! Last week we asked: What makes Diacamma ants
different from Bullet Ants? Congratulations to, well, I don’t know how
to pronounce this username 陈灯强 but here was the post and I have left a response to
it! Anyway correct answer was: Diacamma ants are different
from bullet ants because they are in a different genus and
Diacamma don’t have queens. Congratulations ant lover, you just won a
free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What does polymorphic mean? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! By the way guys, for those of you in North
America and Europe, the season to find queen ants has officially started! If you wanna keep ants and don’t wanna go
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100 thoughts on “Teleporting Carpenter Ants”

  1. I don't know what's happened to me but I find myself watching a ants Channel once a week every week. As a kid I used to use a magnifying glass on them. Now I'm learning about their life cycle and how they live. It's all thanks to you antscanada your weirdness as correspond with my weirdness and now I am a fan of ants. But I can't tell my friends I just can't

  2. Been loving all these ant videos! (and this is coming from someone who is borderline phobic of bugs in general.) Will we be seeing ants like Leafcutters in the future? Maybe even hypercarnivorous types like Australian Bulldog ants, South American army ants and the African Driver Ants? (Though Driver and Army ants need a ton of space and wipe out pretty much any organism in their path, which is terrifying to say the least.)

  3. Can you 're do the story line sometime when u might have time so it plays the To be continued videos one after another I do believe it's kind of scatterd lol

  4. Can you do a video where you build a massive glass enclosure around your bed and transfer a huge fire ant colony in there. Then film yourself being bitten millions of time by them. Thanks

  5. Hey i have a question @antscanada i live in the United States and id love to start a colony of gamergate ants but im unsure if theyre legal or not. Im pretty sure im not allowed to purchase queen ants here but im unsure how the diaccammas situation is. Any ideas? Also do you know if there is legal ways to own ant colonies with queens in the u.s?

  6. You need to stop referencing yourself as God, just because of your aragonant insecure disbelief in it.. But i suspect your Buddhist, or at least finding it

  7. I work in a sawmill and noticed thousands of these guys everywhere.. How many Queen's should i collect to make sure I get a thriving colony?

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  9. You're like a badly-battered babysitter for ants who has to cater to their every whim and 'What is happening this was not in the job description'

  10. More info on Carpenter ants here:

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