FIRE ANTS REACT TO THEIR FIRST MEALWORM | ‘NEWBIE’ FIRE ANTS


Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Phoenix Empire,
this 4 week old fire ant colony. Sure, they don’t look like much of an Empire at the
moment, but believe you me, these pioneering fire ants are set to become a great ant kingdom
of immense power and conquest! But in order to get there, the Phoenix Empire here will
need to be resourceful, work together, care for one another, and most of all, collect
all the right foods to nourish the queen and the growing colony! And so today, our fire ants are in for a treat,
as they discover for the very first time, what meat tastes like! Welcome to the AntsCanada
Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to the channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! They don’t know it yet, but today is a very
big day for these fire ants. They’re going to get a taste of meat, and even make their
first contact with live prey. Their reaction may surprise you so keep on watching until
the end. Within this test tube we have our humble team:
We have the pioneering generation of fire ant workers, known as the nanitics. The nanitics
work fastidiously, licking clean and organizing all the brood: eggs, larvae, and pupae. And
of course, giving birth to all these ants is the great and mighty queen, the sole egg-layer
of the colony. By the way, guys, our Queen here awaits for
us to name her. Please take the time to vote here for her official name, and I trust you
will make it a good one! Thank you, AC Council for your input. Now guys, look at how amazing this queen is.
Even with workers all around her, she still takes it upon herself to do her part, at helping
raise the young. Here she feeds this larva through trophallaxis, regurgitating what’s
left of her self-made soup, manufactured from her own body tissues. It’s kinda like ant
breast milk, but she’s definitely running dry on it now, as it pretty much substantiated
this entire colony into being. But I find it awesome that the queen is still working
even though she doesn’t have to. Another cool thing! See those little black
rock-like things on the cotton? Those are called meconia. They’re fecal pellets, excreted
by the larvae. So get this! Ant larvae don’t poop for their entire lives, except right
before they become a pupa. From birth, a larva’s food waste collects inside the larva’s body
creating a pellet, a meconium, which is excreted right before pupation, as a neat, compact,
slow-to-mold packet of poop. Can you imagine only pooing once as a kid right before teenagehood,
and it being so compact that it’s rock hard? Welcome to ant infancy, or should I say inf-ANT-cy!
Haha! Ok, moving on… Now the Phoenix Empire here is on a very important
mission at this stage. Their goal: to grow the colony as big as possible, as quickly
as possible! In nature, only the largest and fastest-growing fire ant colonies survive,
and to do that, they’ll need some serious food collection! Last week, we gave them their very first taste
of sweet honey, which the workers gobbled up and distributed to the entire colony through
trophallaxis. It was a beautiful moment to witness. Since then, I’ve been feeding the
colony bits of sweet jelly, which you can actually see through the semi-transparent
bodies of the larvae. Now although these sugary foods provide the
colony with all the essential energy needed to work hard towards their goals, what these
ants are really looking for now is meat! Protein will be the real game changer, and
help the colony truly explode in population. Protein helps the queen produce more eggs,
and helps the larvae grow much faster. And so AC Family, it’s time to give the ants
what they’re looking for. Let’s give them some prey! Behold! What you see here is what will be
the newest addition to their living space. It’s an AC Test Tube Portal from our shop
at AntsCanada.com, a very useful piece of equipment for feeding young ant colonies like
the Phoenix Empire. Though it looks complicated, it’s basically the Phoenix Empire’s new
feeding pit! I’ll need to plug up three of the four holes. And this last hole will
accommodate this test tube adapter with a tiny hole to act as the colony’s new nest
entrance. Don’t worry! You’ll understand once we’ve connected the ants to the setup. And now it’s time to move in their dinner!
This baby mealworm. It’s been pre-crushed to make consumption easier for the ants, and
hang on, all you guys wanting to see the bloodbath of a live mealworm feeding, don’t worry.
You’ll see what the fire ants do to a living mealworm in a little bit. So pre-crushing and splitting the mealworm
so its guts spill out increases the chances of the nanitics getting the goods. It isn’t
recommended feeding a prey item that might injure the nanitics, because at this crucial
point every worker matters and any ants killed during battle hurts the chances of colony
success. OK, so let’s unleash the ants! The plan
was to remove the cotton blocker from the colony’s test tube and attach the test tube
end to this test tube adapter. I did this as quickly and carefully as I could. Done!
Let’s watch! It took a few seconds before curious nanitics
began to wander out onto the bridge of the adapter and finally into the great feeding
chamber. The mealworm lay fresh in its juices. I am certain the ants could smell it. One brave ant steps onto the floor and makes
its way to the mealworm. Oop! The ant smells the carcass and at first shies away, but soon
starts to dine. Excited, it makes its way back to the colony leaving a pheromonal trail,
leading the other ants to the mealworm booty! It wasn’t long before word spread to the
entire colony and ants were all over the mealworm chowing down on the delicious mealworm guts. Back in the test tube, the queen and workers
were getting excited. I’m sure the queen was eager to have her first taste of that
tender mealworm meat! The workers eventually attempted to carry
back the entire mealworm to the nest, but they had problems manoeuvering the mealworm
so they eventually decided to just leave it there and dine on location. Hey, cut them
some slack. They’re noobs! Minutes later, the colony had all returned
to the nest and were busy distributing all the meat they’d consumed, regurgitating
it up for the larvae to eat, which I’m sure they loved! I mean, have a look at this larva
which continued to swallow well after the worker had fed it! And of course, our royal highness too was
fed by her loving workers. And just like that, the colony had consumed their very first protein
meal, which will offer the colony the building blocks they need to explode in population. Several days after this meal, the colony was
nursing a brand new bigger pile of brood: there were more eggs, larvae, and pupae now
thanks to the mealworm meat. More workers had been born. It was awesome to see the colony
so fruitful and prolific! Now if you’re wondering how the Phoenix
Empire would react to a living mealworm, yes, I tried it, but I knew exactly what would
happen. The workers cowered away. They were terrified of it and wanted nothing to do with
the moving mealworm. Again, these are noobs, and I don’t think the aggression so typical
of regular fire ants has kicked in at this point. I feel once the Phoenix Empire grows
in numbers, and this new generation of fire ants, which will be larger and more strongly
built due to being better nourished, will start to outnumber and replace the frail and
timid nanitics, we’ll start to see that savage fire ant aggression we all know and
love… or hate! I truly appreciate that a lot of you guys
seem to enjoy watching the evolution and progress of this fire ant colony from its genesis,
its humble beginnings. I really care about these ants, even if they’re not much at
the moment. Regardless, it’s great that we can watch together as this young fire ant
colony rises to become the mighty empire we know they’re going to be one day soon. And until then, I’ll be sure to film the
entire fire ant journey, and with your help, usher the Phoenix Empire to become the greatest
ant colony in the Antiverse. Thank you for watching! It’s ant love forever! AC Family, isn’t the Phoenix Empire awesome?
I think I laughed when I saw that the nanitics wouldn’t dare touch the living mealworm.
But knowing fire ants, that behaviour’s going to change real quick! So much is in
store ahead so if you haven’t yet, SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now and
hit ALL so you get notified at every upload, because I believe notifications seem to be
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every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me. Thank you, guys! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of the Phoenix Empire
chowing down on their mealworm meat. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: What is the name of the process of mouth-to-mouth
food transfer in eusocial insects? Congratulations to Atlas Blue who correctly
answered: Trophallaxis Congratulations Atlas, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Why does an ant colony need protein? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free ebook handbook from our shop! Hope you could subscribe to our channel as
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100 thoughts on “FIRE ANTS REACT TO THEIR FIRST MEALWORM | ‘NEWBIE’ FIRE ANTS

  1. Greetings, Ant Lovers! Happy to see you guys joining us for this week's update on the Phoenix Empire! Remember to VOTE for a name for the Queen in the card poll! Anyone care to take a stab at creating an official flag for them? Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE (hit the BELL and choose ALL) if you enjoyed this ant video! Thanks so much for watching and supporting these ants! I am certain it won't be long until this colony explodes! Lots of love to all AC Family! Ant love forever!

  2. Fire ants need protein for the eggs and queen. The protein helps the queen lay more eggs and helps the colony explode!!

  3. i love your content, been watching for a while and i have learned so much about ants and other arthropods! thank you for the content and good fortune to the Phoenix Empire!

  4. Queen Enya

    Enya means "Little Fire" because this colony is still growing until they are strong. Hope you like the name!

  5. Ant colonies spend a lot of time gathering insects and other things they consider rich in protein. The protein works as a foundation for the colony, fulfilling the base for growth and expansion. The protein is fed to the larvae and queen.

  6. Question. Why Does An Ant Colony Need Protein
    Answer. The colony needs protein to feed the larvae and the queen which will make the larvae stronger than the nanintics boosting the starting of the colony.

  7. Ac, I'm really sad with the death of our beloved Fire Nation, a friend of mine who spent some years studying solenopsis geminata in captivity discovered that if there are at least 4 queens in a colony there are chances of the future alates mate in the territories and perhaps even accepted back in the colony, he has a 11 year old colony and they are growing every day

  8. Ant colonies spend a lot of time gathering insects and other things they consider rich in protein. The protein works as a foundation for the colony, fulfilling the base need for growth and expansion.

  9. I found a queen in my toilet when I went to go P I rescued her and now she has started her own nanoticks however you say it and I’ve been trying to figure out what species of ants it is how do I figure that out I want to make her home as comfortable as possible

  10. And once again, we're shown a totally unique view into the secrets of the ants.
    Looking forward to seeing the Phoenix rise up and claim their place in the AC universe.

  11. Are those diferent ants than the fire nation diferent fire ant species becouse fire nation ants were red tropical fire ants

  12. There’s one of these fire ant kingdoms on every home lot in South Carolina 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜

  13. While sugar provides enough energy to power boost the ants 💪🏻,
    Protein provides essential nutrition to building their tough bodies and healthy growth.

  14. Long time Watcher don't know really anything about ants but how come other colonies have multiple Queens but the fire ants. Don't

  15. Ants: mmm yay food

    Mealworm: so this is my purpose be born to be food by ants if I was not paralysed these ants would be dead by now

    Who else kinda feels sorry for the mealworms

  16. Ac question: Ants need protein to get nutrients to survive, while also feeding it to their young, otherwise they will die as well. Plus, the queen and ants couldn’t feed on sugary snacks for their whole life.

    Also good luck on your fire and colony!

  17. I think the nanitics avoiding the live mealworm is an instinctive action, because as Mikey said every single one of them is crucial for the survival of the early colony, so they can't risk being injured.

  18. i've been looking around my backyard(brazil) and found a couple species, yellow ants, jawbreakers, ghost ants, a very small yellowish ants, and others 2 that i cant describe.

  19. That's cool and all, but… Aren't the fire ants getting too much attention lately? What about the cockroach vivarium?

  20. Her Majesty should be known as Queen Ember,
    as of the late fire nation, we should rejoice the idea of flames and burning, because of this I believe that because embers rise above Fire (Nation), so should the Phoenix Empire and we should embrace the idea of the tragedy by naming the Queen after the past inhabitants of the ant room.

    -Please like this so that AntsCanada can see.

  21. I like how the fire nation is rising back up as the Phoenix empire, It's just like in the avatar the last airbender, the firelord at the end of the show had intention to change to "The Phoenix King" as ruler of the entire world rather than just his own nation. In this way, what if our queen was named after him, Ozai?

  22. While I'm still a little sad that the Fire Nation died, I'm very happy to see the Phoenix Empire beginning to thrive!! 😄😄

  23. "Believe you me" am I the only one who heard that? Did my hearing stutter or did Mikey's speech stutter? So confused lol

  24. Simulating an environment for ants, while our brains simulate reality of our phone screens which simulate code into sounds & images that were assimilated by a man who simulates environments for ants

  25. They do have something else they need before taking prey so large as the live mealworm; they have no soldier ants or majors yet!! The sweet little nanitics are handmaid ants, they can't fight well.

  26. While I live the name Hestia and did vote for it, it dosnt really fit. While Hestia is the Greek Goddess of the hearth fire, she is also a virgin goddess. No kids. None.

  27. I cant wait to watch the growth of the Pheonix Empire. I wasn't here for the Fire Nation, but I will be here for the Phoenix Empire.

  28. The Fire Nation can't be replaced. It never will be. I'm glad the Pheonix Empire is back. It would feel…wrong to see the Ant Room without A Fire Nation.

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