My New Awesome Ant Colony

My New Awesome Ant Colony

Oh man! AC Family, this video is full of just SO MUCH! I’ve got some important updates for you on
ants that I haven’t been talking much about lately on this channel, but for good reasons. But, week after week, after week, after week,
after week, you keep on reminding me that you have not forgotten. What happened to that trap-jaw queen ant I
captured last summer that was supposed to hopefully spawn our Jawbreakers II? Find out in today’s episode, as I update you
on some extremely exciting news, but trust me, it’s not what you’re expecting, so keep
on watching until the end! AC Family, hit that LIKE button if you’re
as excited as I am, for an official introduction to some amazing new members to our growing
ant family, in this mind-feeding episode of the AntsCanada ant channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Last week, was a sad one, as we said goodbye
to our Tomb Raiders, a wild-caught Pharaoh ant colony who borded with us for a few weeks
in a cool, room-sized setup we made for them, but had to sadly release in order to save
them from mites. Taking their setup down was melancholic, as
I was counting on them to thrive, along with our other ant Kingdoms. Their wild, loose counterparts were still
frequenting my ant room, but not as much as before. I anticipate that in won’t be long before
they move out when they find that resources are low and the Tomb Raiders’ pheromones fade. But for months, I’ve been waiting for the
right time to update you on a certain queen ant that I had captured, in hopes to start
up a thriving trap-jaw ant colony. And as mentioned, you guys also never forgot
and asked about it every week. So it’s time to inform you about the news. Inside this drawer, and inside this setup
lies the trap-jaw queen ant captured last year. AC Family, I regret to inform you that she
had died just last week. She laid no eggs and ate insect body parts
every now and then. I guess, she wasn’t fertilized. I am so sorry to disappoint you, AC Family. I really wanted her to found us a trap-jaw
ant colony. Which brings me to something else… there’s
more, AC Family. In the drawer, I also have these. Three test tubes, each with trap-jaw queen
ants. A friend had given them to me a few months
back in hopes that they too would found a colony of trap-jaws for us. Sadly, they too had all died and had not laid
any eggs. Now, I didn’t want to update you on the progress
of these four trap-jaw queen ants until I was absolutely sure they were not going to
found colonies for us. I always feel so bad and that I disappoint
you every time I introduce an ant colony, get your hopes up, only to find that they
die later on down the line. I realize this is a reality show and life
happens, but I always want to be absolutely sure a colony has a fighting chance before
I formally introduce them to you, the AC Family. So all these queens have died, they all still
had their wings in tact, and they didn’t lay any eggs. Chances are, they also weren’t mated prior
to capture. We ant keepers know that catching non-mated
queens is quite common, in fact, in the same video where I introduced the trap-jaw queen
to you, I went hunting in Toronto, Canada for queen ants and caught so many queens. Out of all the queens captured on that day,
turns out, only one queen had survived, laid eggs, and was successfully mated. This Formica fusca queen hibernated with workers
and was put up for sale in the GAN Project in Toronto to find a loving home. So, the success rate of finding mated queen
ants is sometimes tough for ant keepers. It’s why most ant keepers try collecting several
queens in a single season, from different nearby locations, and at different times in
order to hopefully have within the batch a queen that successfully lays fertile eggs
and founds an ant colony. Which brings me to this next surprise, AC
Family. Oh you thought it was done? Of course not, you saw the title, and I’m
sure you guys checked the time stamp to see how much video was left. Back in the ant drawer of surprises, you may
have noticed this test tube here. Pulling it out. Inside it, is another queen ant. A gorgeous, large carpenter ant queen. It is a native Philippine species belonging
to the genus Camponotus. I have had her for months now, and she lays
some eggs, not a lot, and in a scattered manner. These eggs actually hatch into larvae, and
develop into pupae, but for some reason the pupae end up dying. This test tube she’s in now is starting to
mold and water run out, so it’s time to give her a test tube change. Better. Even in fresh test tubes, she seems to only
get as far as raising her eggs to the pupal stage, but adult ants never end up emerging
from the pupae and they die. Again, before today I wasn’t intending on
informing you, AC Family about this queen until I was certain as to whether or not she
would give us a colony of carpenter ants, but hey now you know about her. Let’s give her a drop of honey to drink. Giving food to queens of this type at this
stage isn’t necessary because they sustain themselves on the energy stores of their back
wing muscles, but since she’s been depleting these energy stores through nourishing some
previous babies, I figured she could use that extra boost, but hmm… It looks like she is not interested. I don’t buy that. Let’s give her a little nudge and guide her
to the drop. Oh, as expected, she’s drinking. We got a few tiny drops on her back there
but no worries. She’s lick that off herself later. Wow! Look at her drinking that honey drop! You can actually see the drop expanding and
contracting. This is pretty awesome because to me it shows
that ants actually take gulps when they drink, like we people do! Interesting right? She’ll finish that in no time. Let’s put her away in the dark, and hope she
has better luck at founding her babies to adulthood now that we’ve given her this nourishing
boost! Any of you checking that time stamp again? Now, for those of you with sharp eyes, you
may have also noticed another test tube, wrapped in blue paper. Well, AC Family, here is what I’ve been dying
to show you. Placing the test tube here, and let me say
before opening this that I’m doing my very best best to research the biology of what
lies inside this test tube, because very little is known about their captive care. AC Family, are you ready? I am excited to finally present to you, our
newest addition to our Antiverse. Behold! The ever gorgeous ants known as Polyrhachis. They are just gorgeous! The bodies of these ants are so smooth with
such an interesting shape. They’re stark black coloration and hard edged,
squared spines at certain places of their body make them look
SUPER DUPER COOL! And look at that brood! Wow! I see eggs, larvae, and look some pupae, too. The workers are bustling with energy in this
test tube. They’ve been feasting previously on the leg
of a spider. Look at these workers, they’ve been working
at pulling this cotton out very effectively. These ants are strong and in time can pull
wads of cotton out of any setup, so whatever these ants are housed in cannot contain cotton
blockers! If you’re looking for the queen of this colony,
she is right here. The calmest one of the bunch. Polyrhachis are an extremely diverse genus
found through the Old World. Here in the Philippines there are over 200
different described species of Polyrhachis, which are characterized by their various body
spines. Some of the most gorgerous ants belong to
this genus, like fishhook ants, and various metallic coloured species. Now, I have seen Polyrhachis ants in the wild
many times, but know very little about these specific polyrhachis ants, which were collected
from my area. But you wanna hear something really cool? One thing that I do know, is that their nests
are EPIC! I know some species of Polyrhachis build nests
in soil, but then extend their nests upwards into trees, creating massive nest palaces
made of mud and gathered materials. Some species even create leaf nests like weaver
ants! I don’t know what the nesting habits of these
specific Polyrachis ants are, but I do look forward to finding out! I wonder what they like to eat? Let’s try feeding them a piece of baby cockroach. Hmmm…. Now how to stick this inside without them
getting out. I’ve got to be swift. Here we go, AC Family! The trick is to use the cotton to move the
food into the tube. There we go! Let’s see them feast! Hmm… It looks as though they’re ignoring it. Alright, so roaches aren’t tickling their
fancy at the moment. Let’s try feeding them a drop of honey. What ant would reject some tasty honey, right? Here we go again… opening the test tube,
and oh no! Some ants escaped! Ahhhh! I scooped up the escaped ants quickly with
a cotton ball and put them back in. Ahh something tells me these ants are little
balls of energy which will continually keep me on my toes! Oddly, they seemed to be uninterested in the
honey, too. Hmmm… perhaps they’re full from that spider
leg they ate previously. Ah well… as you can tell, ant keeping often
involves a lot of trial and error to learn about an ants’ likes and needs. Let’s leave this Polyrhachis colony in the
dark for now until we choose a proper home for them. Alright AC Family, you know what’s next! Leave your name suggestions for this new Polyrhachis
colony in the comments section and I will choose my top 5 favourites for us to vote
on in a future poll. Be sure to also LIKE and comment on your favourite
name submissions so I know! And there you have it, AC Family! Our newest ant colony of 2018! I feel this year will be full of new beginnings
and discovery for us and the ants we love. In nature, not all creatures end up making
it on top. Natural selection ensures that only the fittest
and most resourceful survive, and when they do it’s an amazing thing to witness. I am happy to observe the beauty of nature
with you guys. But something is still worrying me. Our Titans, our Asian marauder ants have disappeared
from sight yet again. The last time they disappeared, we happened
to find them in pretty impressive numbers after pulling out some weeds. But since then, their disappearance has been
very unsettling to me. I see wandering black crazy ants inside, but
no Titans. Are the Titans still alive? There was only one way to find out! Alright, AC Family! You guys are the life blood of this channel! It would not exist nor be half as exciting
without your participation and input so be sure to leave your name suggestions and thoughts
in the comments! Aren’t the Polyrhachis ants just awesome? Let’s name them something cool! I also will need some ideas as to what type
of setup to use for them, so leave your setup suggestions in the comments, as well. Lots to look forward to coming up so make
sure you hit that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON so you’re notified every time we upload. Now speaking of being notified, before proceeding
to the hidden video and AC Question of the Week, in case you didn’t see last week’s video
or the week before that, I wanted to quickly notify you about my new daily vlogging channel,
for those who might be curious as to what I work on in between these weekly ant videos. You can find my new daily vlogging channel
by clicking here, but just a warning, it’s a very different form of content from this
channel, but many AC Family have already subscribed, so thank you guys who have. I upload short life vlogs every single day,
which means a lot of nature stuff, too from my travels around the world! Alright, AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden
cookie for you here, if you would just like to spend more time watching additional footage
of our new Polyrhachis colony to the sounds of some relaxing music! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week. Last Week we asked: What is the name of the life stage
where Astigmatid mites attach themselves to the body of insects. Congratulations to Dynamic Dynamite who correctly
answered: The phoretic deutonymph stage. Congratulations Dynamic Dynamite, you just
won a free ebook handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What evidence did we see this
week that show ants take gulps when they drink? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free ebook handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, & SUBSCRIBE
if you enjoyed this video to help us keep making more. It’s ant love forever! Woohoooo new ants!

100 thoughts on “My New Awesome Ant Colony

  1. How about "The Polants" like Poland and ants and combine them and also theyre scientific name is polyrachus.

  2. You can always use a long glass dropper to put honey in the test tubes instead of taking the cotton out and risk the ants getting away ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Make a rocky setup like a mountain to see what nest they build

    We saw the carpenter ant queen drinking and while she was drinking the honey was spreading out and then coming in again.

  4. Give me a new queen ant please I have been with you on your first episode I subscribed and hit the bell and liked please yes or no I will give her a good home

  5. Me before ๐Ÿ˜€ me after ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  6. These new black ants you got were in my house for a long time lol they had 2 nests i dont know if it was 2 opposing colonies or what but i loved those black ones

  7. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ•ธ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿž๐Ÿ—

  8. names I thought of
    the moon army
    the night howlers (sorry)
    the obsidian army

    (._.) this is a hater
    (><) he will die soon
    ^ ^

  9. At 11:25 … itโ€™s so funny that the food wasnโ€™t on their mind but was more interested in the escape and fresh passage that came and went …

  10. I found this jawbreaker queen in my room with a wings.. i was panic and kill her.. bcoz i was bite by this ant 6 years ago and its very painful..

  11. Hey antscanada (who by the way is da best!!!) have you caught any Australian ants (just saying because I live in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

  12. When you collected some even matched ants can you ever put them against each other colony vs colony just to see which one is strongest . Just do 1 battle. No more so you don't loose your ants

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