Sticking a Micro-Camera into a Yellow Crazy Ant Colony

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 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
next week, where we feed something very draconian to the Fire Nation. You won’t believe how they ants ravage the
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100 thoughts on “Sticking a Micro-Camera into a Yellow Crazy Ant Colony

  1. please do a video to tell us how you get such great pictures and videos of your ants please! it is such a challenge using my phone to do so.

  2. It’s nuptial flights in Southern Hemisphere and a queen elate ended up in my house I don’t know if she’s fertilised cause she still has her wings but she wasn’t flying so that’s a good sign I hope I get a colony from an ant that came to me instead of me looking for her 😂

  3. The Hypoaspis mites moved in with the Golden Empire. I wonder what they're eating now? Hopefully they don't mean the predatory mites are still in hiding.

  4. I thought saw some of those parasitic mites in a shot at the beginning of the video…are the helpful ones keeping them in check rather than totally eliminating the parasitic ones?

  5. It's sad but also a great thing how far the golden empire has come
    At least he was able to save them and they can start to regrow all over again.

    Gr8 job. Proud of u

  6. Which type of nest shops I get for my colony of yellow fielded ants. The colony is getting to a size that that completely fill the test tube.

  7. I don't know if you ever thought of this or not after doing this video but try to make tubes that have Micro cams put into them for the antscanada shop

  8. Why do you drag on your videos and repeat the same stuff and then do a to be continued bs and the next video you say the same stuff of the last video and do the same thing over and over again.

  9. All of the subscribers: professionally/beginning Ant owners Or ant fanatics

    Me: literally has no reason to be watching this but here I am

  10. you should make red vinil tubing so that you can connect some to the bottom of the tunnels so the ants find them and you can create part of their nest, dont know if it would work but it would be cool if it did

  11. Thanks for getting me back to loving ants again I been to focus on my life and forgot about my love for ants and I am going to start a ant farm soon =)

  12. It has been too long, I am a subscriber again!

    used to be a sub, but soon left since I had alot of problems with my electronic, left when the rhino beetles were introduced when some were adults, I chose Posidon at that time 😀

  13. Okay. I have just recently become part of the AC family. This morning I was walking and stopped to actually watch ants gathering food from a smooshed veggie of some sort. I can hear your voice in my head “wow ac family isn’t it cool to see these magnificent ants work together?” LOL I COULDN’T HELP BUT SHARE.

  14. 15:04 i love how they decided to stack the cocoons just in front of the camera, out of all places
    Does the camera have a tiny LED light? Maybe that is the reason they chose that spot

  15. #questionoftheweek: answer hypoaspis mites and some other kind of mites that you thought must be cleaning up after the ants, and ant cacoons.

  16. This is Todd,he lost his dog and is dying from space tuberculosis 1 like = 1 prayer…..

    Hey yo im Todd dog..

  17. Ant Canada I found yellow crazy ants in Colorado because I live there and I don’t think they’re supposed to be here no I found a queen and caught her what do I do

  18. Dang it I gotta check these vids earlier I realy need that hand book I am going to try to get a queen to start my colony trying to convince my father to buy ant equipment

  19. I saw a red mite or two in the footage…looked suspiciously like the parasitic mites from before. Hopefully the colony will be okay…

  20. I loved this channel this time last year, watched all the time. So I was glad to see one recommended to me. Turns out I didn’t miss much. This vid was boring. Then I had to watch a commercial in order to watch another commercial about your new ant product, that sucked.

  21. I've just discovered this channel! Fantastic content! Super entertaining, passionate and enthusiastic! I'm hooked! Immediate fan! Even thinking about making part of the GAN project 🙂

  22. 14:18 using youtubes playback speed feature to .25 , u can see a lot of ants with seemingly redish mites or lumps on their heads, on top around forehead area and under their heads under their mouth or chin area. maybe u can slow it down and take a look to try to figure out what mites they are, also slow motion for like 1 minute with some relaxing music would be cool.

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