Ant Room Tour | Giant Bull Ants
Hi. Guys my name is Jordan and in this Antrim tour we're, taking a look at my four foot long Bavarian. Currently. Home to a colony of Australia's, iconic. And notorious. Giant. Boards. Originally. This cloning of giant blades scientifically. Known as mummy co-pi, reformers, raised. Up from a single, queen housed. In a tubs and tube setup as. The. Colony grew I progressed, ofthem. Into some larger white dog nests to match. Here's. The colony around 18 months later, at. This point they had around 40 workers present. Typically. The larger the species, is the longer its growth rates are from egg to worker. Given. These Giants, are one of the largest species in the world measuring. In at around 30 millimetres, in length this. Was some pretty impressive development, I. Fed. Them almost every, day making. Sure that the developing, young always had something to chew on. I also. Kept this Connie warm during, the cold winter months here in Melbourne using, a heating, mat this. Allowed the colony to produce new, generations, of ants year-round. Amongst. The crowd here you can see the Queen and mother. - all of these ants. It's. Pretty safe to say she's, done very well for herself a. Little. While later I decided, to create a new more. Spacious, setup for them a naturalistic. Viv, area containing. Soil, plants. And a. Cleanup, crew in the form of springtails in isopods, I. Made. A video tutorial, on how I both set this up and. Introduce. Ants into it in my latest how, to build an ant nest video but. Just to quickly recap I started. With a 4 foot long glass tank then. I added in a layer of clay balls for drainage. Followed. By a meshing to help this areas stay clear of debris. Some. Charcoal, for purification. Some. Soil from my backyard. Then. I added in some driftwood, rocks. Plants. And. A. Layer of red sand and. Finally. Secured, on a custom-designed, acrylic. Lid to, prevent the ants from escaping. After. Placing the ants inside they, quickly got to work, eagerly, digging into the soil to construct, a new nest. Here's. What the setup look like just, before the answer rival and. Here's. What it looks like today around, a couple of months later. They've. Certainly been busy all. Of this uplifted, soil you see here is the work of the, ants. Early. On in their constructing, the ants had created, multiple, entrances, to their nest. Under. This piece of wood here and. These. Rocks above. But. Today they've, reduced themselves, down to just a single hole positioned. Here, perhaps. This was to do with efficiency, the, more entrances, that they have the, more work it takes to maintain them. And/or. It could also be for safety reasons with, less entry, points for potential. Threats like. Other ants for example, the, easier, they can defend their home this. Makes sense given how blintz, out in the wild are often found nesting, nearby, some highly, competitive ants, like. Me dads and. Sugar. Ants. Unfortunately. For them being, harassed by these guys is often the norm. I. Rarely. See this colony shifting, soil around anymore - and if, I do it's, only for small maintenance work often. Shortly after I've given the setup a spray of water for example I'll. See a little bit of activity as they quickly repair, any damages, but. That's it really so. I think they must be fairly happy with what they've created down there it's. A shame I'll never fully know what their nest structure looks like. However. I have been able to get a little glimpse into their home if. You remember from the previous video, I positioned. Some power packs which, are used to run the lights above against. The side of the enclosure the. Heat. Which these power packs Radio has been keeping the surrounding, wall of the tank nice and warm and it. Didn't take too long for the ants to notice you.
Can See they've borrowed out a chamber, right up against the glass. Unfortunately. There's lots of fine dirt particles, stuck to the glass making. The view inside fairly. Cloudy but. Of course it's better than nothing I. Find. They often use this chamber, for storing their pupae which does best in these dry and warm conditions. All. Ants, go through four stages of metamorphosis. Firstly. An egg laid, by the Queen. Then. Eventually, this egg will hatch into a larva the stage which they do all of their feeding and most, of their growing. Once. It's big enough the larvae of some ant species like, these blance will, spin themselves, into a silken, cocoon like these ones have this. Helps protect them during their development into, their third stage a peeper. And from. There they'll, finally close, and reach, their final stage an adult, int. You. Can see the answers starting to get a little irritated, by my bright filming, lights here so, let's leave them be for now. Both, above ground I've noticed, lots of these empty cocoon casings, lying around. Check. Out this tiny baby I support, making, a male one so. Cute. An. Empty. Cocoon of course means, that a new workers arrived I've counted. At least 10 of these casings, so far so. Based on my last count back when the ants were first introduced, to the setup that, makes at least 50 workers now. And. After getting a small glimpse into their nest it's clear there's lots more to come very soon as well the, corny is really growing nicely now. You'll. Probably have noticed some other things growing pretty well too lots. Of weeds they're. Springing up all over the place I. Dug. Up this soil from my backyard where, I did notice some weeds present, I didn't. Sterilize, the soil at all so, it's no surprise that started, sprouting. But. What did surprise me was, how especially, abundant the weeds formed, in and around the plants nest inside. This. Is no coincidence as the. Ants have slowly been expanding. And maintaining, their nest structure, they've been inadvertently. Shifting, seeds hidden, deep below the surface to hire more, idyllic conditions. Giving. Them an improved, chance to Germany and spring, to life just, one, of the many reasons ants, are so important. Within ecosystems. Although. I'm not really a fan of these weeds it, kind of ruins the semi-arid. Theme, I was originally going for when I created, so. I might need to do some weeding at some point. During. The day there's, really not too much happening, with this Claudie I only, ever see the ancestors, sticking, their heads out from their nest entrance, and.
Maybe Occasionally seeing, one or two workers venturing, out for a fee. Here's. One enjoying, some Brule honey, one. Of their favorite foods. The. Reason they're so inactive, is because, these plants actually, are nocturnal, species most. Active during Twilight hours, when. Compared, to closely, related daytime. Foraging, species, such, as mummy C&E grouse kappa these, guys have a slightly different structure, to their eyes making, them roughly 20 times more sensitive in, a lower lighting conditions. So. During the day it's, pretty rare to see more than two workers out and about and, even then they never stray too far from their nest. So. To really see these ants in action we, have to come back after duck. It's. Around 9 p.m. now and the, lights above have now shifted from. Day tonight. This. Blue light here is designed to, simulate moonlight. And so, allows, the ants to forage with very little disturbance, and gives. The ants a distinct, indication. Of night and day so, that they can better follow their natural biological. Clocks. The. Vivarium really, comes alive after, dark almost. Like clockwork all, the isopods, and crickets come out from their hiding in search for a meal. And. Shortly. After the, ants follow. Blintz. Rarely, lead their fellow colony, members to a source of food, instead. They forage alone. Which, is quite unusual for ants. So. It's only by coincidence that. All these workers here have discovered, this Apple. And. Again. Unlike. Most ants who, navigate, by following scent. Trails and travel, in lines these. Blends mostly, use their acute vision to navigate, and rely, on visual, cues like. This central, log here so, as to orientate, themselves and, find, their way to and, from their nest. As. You can tell these, blends love their sweets, mostly. I offer them fresh fruits, I found. That ripe pink lady apples seem, to be their favorite by far. The. Ants don't actually eat the Apple but rather lap, up its juice using, their labels, basically. The ant equivalent, of a human tongue. Sometimes. Their technique, for extraction, can look rather comical. The. Ants also require, a source of protein - especially. Important, for the development of their larvae, for. These guys this usually comes in the form of crickets once, every few days I'll add some in, as. I'm. Sure you can guess these, blends are very, efficient, hunters with. Their massive serrated, mandibles, potent. Venomous, stings and incredible. Eyesight these, ants and not to be messed with. Despite. This they're actually far more interested, in getting their sugar fix, often. They'll completely, ignore crickets, passing, them by and. Sometimes. Even drink, with them side by side. Although. They're not always in the sharing, mood occasionally. Lashing, out at their unwanted companions. A. Quick. Bluff charge is usually, enough to scare them off. And, then. It's straight back to business. It. Kind of reminds me of dogs competing, for a bone, the, buoyance are the top dogs baring. Their teeth and feeding, on the choicest, parts, and. The. Crickets the underdogs, which, only get the leftover, scraps which the top dogs don't care for. Or. If they're daring enough they'll sneak their way in and chow down whilst they're distracted. Quite. An interesting, dynamic to observe. The. Ants larvae, almost exclusively. Rely, upon insects, for their nourishment. Whereas. The adult workers, mostly, one of sugars so. Perhaps there's, not that much larvae, present, within the nest at the moment and so, no real need for hunting, insects so. At this point in time if the ants have a choice between apples. And crickets, this, is almost always the end result. Here's, one that I found that finally, decided, to go after her cricket. Her. Lodge specialized, eyes allow, her to spot, and precisely, track, its movements. Once. She gets close enough she, grips on with a huge, serrated, mandibles, and injects. Her victim with a potent, dose of venom. This. Particular species, event has some of the most toxic venom in the entire insect, world and so, even, a tiny amount is enough to quickly incapacitate.
This Cricket here. Even. So the, ants are still very cautious around their prey and often, look rather timid. But. Eventually it gets carried back to their nest where, it'll be fed to their growing young helping. Ensure the survival of the carnies next generation. So. What do you guys think of this colony of. All the ants in my care these, guys are probably my favorites to observe their. Sheer size. Excellent. Vision. And rather, quirky. Characteristics. Just, makes these ants stand, out from all the rest. Even. The cat seems to enjoy watching them it's, one of his favorite pastimes, that and, sleeping, on the couch. Before. We get on to our regular, contest where, I give away what about custom-designed. Forma carrier I just, wanted to let you guys know I've, just launched, a patreon, page, patreon.com/lenguin. Narrated. Filmed. And, edited. By me alone. So, if you enjoy my content and want to see more of it more often, please, consider tipping it any, contribution. Vastly, exceeds, individual. Ad revenue, here on YouTube so even just a single dollar goes a really long way plus. Depending, on your pledge you'll, have access to exclusive patron. Rewards, such, as behind-the-scenes sneak peeks on future projects and early, access to my videos. Regardless. Of whether you choose to make a pledge or not I'd just like to take this time to thank you guys when, I created ants Australia, all those years ago never, could I imagine it would come as far as it's come today you guys have really inspired me, to pursue my passions, I feel. Incredibly, privileged, to have such an amazing, supportive. Fanbase again. Thanks, so much guys. Now. On to the contest in, last videos contest, I asked, what made you want to keep ants or if, you weren't keeping ants why, not. It. Was really interesting reading, your responses and, it, was great to hear that actually, watching some of my videos had, inspired many of you to give and keeping a chance in the first place, for. Me I originally, got interested in and keeping a while back as long as I can remember I've. Always been fascinated, by nature by, all animals, big and small but. For some reason I took a great interest in the small things I think. I must have been around 10 when my parents bought me my very first and. Father one. Of those plastic Uncle, Milton ones at. The time I had no idea what I was doing I remember. Collecting, up some worker ants like, it said to when the instructions, and, then putting the myth I recall. Being incredibly, underwhelmed. By what came to follow the, ants just sat huddled, in a patch of sand barely. Doing anything and within. A few weeks they, all started dying off. Unfortunately. This experience, was enough to put me off and keeping and my, Uncle Milton ant farm was quickly shoved under my bed to collect dust. Fast-forward. About 10 years later and while sorting through some old things I stumbled. Across it again and thought I'd give it another shot but, this time I wanted to be a little bit more pet now, with access, to the Internet a quick search made me realize there, was a lot more to ants than I originally imagined, and much, to consider when trying to successfully. Raise a Connie, before. Long I was hooked and caught, my very first queen ant back, in 2012. This. Is that same Queen here a rainbow, and riddim, MX SP, if. You look closely you, can see our laying your neck. To. This day I'm still actively, keeping hands and constantly. Learning new things about them which, is one of the reasons I just love keeping them there's just so much new to discover it's.
One Of those things where the more you know the, more you know you, don't know so. The winner of the contest is. Lisa. Mail who, answered, I've, only just become, interested, in the intricacies, of an QP and would love to set up for Mac areum in my classroom, so much so I've begun, my DIY, Hebel nest today by, trying to secure the next generations, interests, in all things nature if, I can just get one child a year to love nature as I do I'll, be happy sounds. Like a great initiative Lisa congratulations. You've. Just won yourself one of our size small outwards. To. Enter next videos contest, simply, answer the following which. Of the ant colony is featured here on my channel is your favorite and why, is. It these joints. My. Big headed ants. Or. Maybe the trap jaws. Or. Something. Else. Post. Your answer in the comment section below I'll pick out a single comment and announce, them as the winner in my next video and a. Special thanks, to my very first supporters, over, on patreon, shout, out to my top tier patrons, Jon Overton, and Nicolas, Atkins, thanks. So much guys it really means a lot, as. Always thanks, for watching this video and I, hope you enjoyed. You.