My New Trap-Jaw Ant Colony

My New Trap-Jaw Ant Colony


It’s always sad when an ant in your care dies. This is a trap-jaw ant queen we caught a few
months back. She passed away probably because she wasn’t
fertilized. But we have some good news. We’ve got… a brand new ant colony! These new ants are also trap-jaw ants, but
an even larger and more menacing species! In this episode of the AntsCanada ant channel
we will meet our brand new ant colony, the ants who we shall hopefully nurture until
they too become a large colony like the other colonies of this channel. Today we’ll see what these menacing ants are
like, we’ll try feeding them, and we’ll take a look at their unique personality. I’ll be asking you for name suggestions for
this colony so keep watching until the end and start thinking of those names! AC Family, let’s take a close look at our
brand new scary yet intelligent Odonomachus infandus colony in this episode of the AntsCanada
Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon to be notified at every upload. AC Family, enjoy! Due to the overwhelming response when I caught
this recently passed trap-jaw queen ant, I decided once this queen finally died, to obtain
a young trap-jaw colony through the GAN project. These ants are huge, about 2 cm in body length! Their scientific name is Odontomachus infandus,
and other than the info we presented in our past video on trap-jaw ants, I know nothing
about their care. This species is native to the Philippines,
and this colony was reared from just a single caught queen. I’m hoping they survive! Look at how they communicate with each other. Unlike our other ants, these ants seem a bit
more primitive somehow, and it seems each ant has its own individual personality. I also get the sense that they are more intelligent
somehow. You’ll notice it while watching this video. You can almost see them thinking. Those mandibles which open 360 degrees can
snap shut with immense power and speed, and I’ve been bitten by another species of trap-jaw
ant before and I can tell you it was one of the most painful things I’ve ever felt from
an insect! I don’t intend to be bitten by these girls. This colony is living in a dirt setup in a
plastic container. I don’t intend on moving them at this stage
because they seem to be doing well at the moment. Because it’s a dirt nest the inner colony
is hard to observe, one of the draw backs of housing ants in dirt nests, but this species
seems to be doing well. There are 4 workers, a queen, and a good pile
of brood. The workers are always foraging, popping in
and out of their inconspicuous nest entrance. OK so let’s try feeding these girls shall
we? A Blatta lateralis roach. I heard they will eat these. trap-jaw ants are very specialized when it
comes to feeding, and I heard they are extremely picky in captivity. Let’s see if they will accept this cockroach
nymph. The huntress approaches cautiously. She smells it with her antennae. She doesn’t seem to want to bite it yet. 3 mins later. Unsuccessful. She ignored the cockroach probably because
it was too large of a prey item. Let’s try an even smaller cockroach nymph. The worker approaches and inspects the pre-killed
cockroach carefully. I find it amazing how it seems she examines
the prey item carefully before pouncing on it, as if she noted that it wasn’t really
moving or putting up a fight. That a girl! A very wise choice, fine warrior, for saving
precious energy! And now here comes her sister. What are they gunna do? As soon as the cockroach starts moving she
goes in and bites. A helping bite from her sister, then she picks
up the cockroach to position it for one powerful sting. Woah! The cockroach is still moving, and it seems
these girls won’t risk brining it into the nest unless they are sure it will not cause
any trouble for them in the nest. They ravage the dying cockroach. Check out that team work! What’s your next move ladies? Come on, bring home the cockroach bacon! Yes pick it up. That’s right. Awww… It looks like they’re unsure what to do. And then comes a third worker. This one seems to be a dominant one. One of the workers rushes to inform her of
what’s going on. Look at the way she moves. You can tell she’s boss! She inspects the cockroach kill carefully. I really hope they take this cockroach because
if these girls don’t accept these tiny blatta lateralis nymphs then chances are they won’t
accept any other insect prey items I try feeding them. Indeed, these ants seem challenging to feed. I love watching them inspect the cockroach. It seems like they’re trying to figure out
what they want to do next. Ohhh she’s picking it up! Yes! Oh… wait a sec. Indecisive. A few miutes later, yes! The workers carry the cockroach towards the
nest… oh wait… What the? What’s happening? Change of plan. In the end, this cockroach was rejected. So is that the final decision girls? Yes, they even carry the cockroach further
away from their nest, perhaps so it wouldn’t attract unwanted insects to their home. These girls are really picky indeed! OK, AC Fam. 3’s a charm. Let’s try an even smaller cockroach nymph,
shall we? Placing the smaller cockroach in. Let’s watch the battle. I’ve timelapsed this so we can watch all of
the action in a shorter amount of time! She goes in for the sting and brings the food
prey back to home. Alright she did it! Oh… Seems they’re having problems fitting it into
their nest entrance. Eventually, one of them has an idea. Stuff it in there! And in goes their next meal! This cockroach will give sustenance to this
fledging colony for the next day or so, and feed the growing brood, which is so crucial
at this stage because if this colony is to survive, they will need as much worker force
as quickly as possible. I continually wet this digging medium as it
seems this species likes their digging medium fairly moist. I will be sure to keep you guys updated on
their progress, but as is our tradition, we the AC Family shall name these fine ladies! In the comments section please let us know
your name suggestions for this colony. What should we call them? Be sure to also feel free to give your favourite
suggestions a thumbs up and then in a future video, we will hold a poll where we can officially
give this colony a name. Thanks for watching another episode of the
AntsCanada Ants Channel, I appreciate you guys taking the time to get to know our new
pet ants. Always remember these ants on this channel
are yours, too! Let’s stay connected, and I will keep you
guys updated on their progress. It’s ant love forever! AC Family, hope you liked this week’s video
and our new trap-jaw ant colony! They’re still young and have lots of growing
to do. For you Inner Colony members, I’ve placed
a hidden cookie for you here, if you would just like to watch extended play footage of
the ants doing their thing without all the commentary. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
week! Last week, we asked: “Why are dracula ants
called dracula ants?” Congratulations to Merkins who correctly answered
Dracula ants are called dracula ants due to a unique process in which they drink the blood
of their young. Congratulations Merkin you just won some AC
Test tubes from our shop for housing your newly caught queen ants this year. And for this week’s AC Question of the week,
we ask: Why did these trap-jaw ants reject our first
cockroach? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ebook handbook from our shop, just perfect to brush up on your
basic ant keeping knowledge so you’re ready for the nuptial flights which are now happening
in the Northern Hemisphere. Be sure to subscribe to this channel so you
don’t miss our weekly ant video uploads. We upload a new ant video every saturday at
8AM EST. It’s ant love forever!

100 thoughts on “My New Trap-Jaw Ant Colony

  1. just incase you werent aware, i have noticed tiny white bugs in the nest…check it out incase their mites

  2. Queens dead.. 😥
    But we've got good news.. 😮
    New and more aggressive ants! 😃
    Rollercoaster of emotions right out of the gate

  3. around 5:51 there's a song in the background – is it an instrumental version of anthony padilla's alphabet song or is it the original that he parodied??

  4. I feel like vomiting when i see cockroaches squirm! >_< can't people just feed them worms? I'd even recommend spiders, and I'm arachnophobic!

  5. T-rex doesn't want to be fed, it wants to hunt, maybe? XD Like, maybe they like to kill their prey so they know it is fresh?

  6. I have a harvester ant colony and they don’t have a queen but their working fine now there’s only seven workers left

  7. if you see this antscanada i need tips and ect to start keeping ants if you can and able to help me get started that would be super great!

  8. Not FAN Made ants: the Golden empire the dark knights the red ants (i forgot their Name) the shire the paorohora ants

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