Meat Ants | The Kickboxing Ants From Down Under

Hi guys, my name’s Jordan, and in this video,
it’s another entry in my “Ant Documentary” series. Where I go out with my camera exploring nature,
and documenting the lives of various ant species. Showcasing their unique… Fascinating… and some times, rather quirky characteristics. In this episode, I’m covering another iconic
Australian species. They are, the highly fearsome and dominant,
‘Meat Ants’ Meat Ants, known scientifically as “Iridomyrmex
purpureus”, are endemic to mainland Australia. Mostly found in lightly wooded areas, and
open grasslands, from the coast, to the dry heart of the outback. They’re easily one of Australia’s most
well known ant species, notorious for their extreme aggression and territorial nature,
and their ability to form massive colonies. A single nest can be home to hundreds of thousands. Their common name of “Meat Ant’ comes
about from their highly opportunistic foraging habits. They’ll actively consume almost anything they
find. Including the flesh from dead vertebrates. Their sharp mandibles and strong muscular
heads, allow them to deliver powerful bites, easily shredding through tough flesh, where
other ants may struggle. Like most ants, Meat Ants are omnivores. Meaning they eat both plants and other animals. However, despite their name, and fierce reputation,
these ants primarily consume plant matter. Most of which is collected up above ground
within the surrounding trees and shrubs. Up here, they’ll actively consume nectar
from the plants’ flowers, and also from specialised glands along their stems and leaves,
known as ‘extrafloral nectaries’. These tiny glands slowly excrete a sugary rich
nectar which the Meat Ants find irresistible. They fiercely defend these sites from competitors,
and will hunt down any nearby pests, like this massive caterpillar here, whom given the opportunity, would happily gorge itself on the plants’ fresh leaves. The ants harass the intruder
from all sides… As a last ditch effort, the caterpillar squirts
out a noctous liquid seeking to distract the determined ants and slow their advance. It makes for a swift retreat. A lucky escape. Occasionally, the ants’ presence can deter
much larger animals too. A mouthful of leaves covered in a horde of
angry biting meat ants isn’t very appealing to these Kangaroos here. They’ll likely just search for a meal elsewhere. So the ants and the plants have a symbiotic
relationship. The plants provide regular sustenance for
the ants, and the ants inadvertently act as bodyguards for the plants. But the ants’ presence isn’t always a welcome
sight. As they also share a similar relationship
with some undesirable parasites. Like these leafhoppers here. Leafhoppers love to hang out on the plants’
fresh leaf shoots and stems, extracting and consuming the sugary rich sap within. Periodically, these sap-suckers release excess
waste from their rear ends, known as honeydew. And Meat ants absolutely love this hyperconcentrated
sugar, and will often climb to great heights, amongst the very tops of trees, to find it. Once found, they eagerly lap up the honeydew
and aggressively defend its owner from birds and other bugs which seek to eat them. This protection from the ants, results in
large congregations of these sap-suckers, slowly degrading the plant as its robbed of
vital nutrients. If left unchallenged, surrounding leaves begin
to mottle and wilt, and future growth, deformed and stunted. So the plants have to carefully balance how
much nectar they excrete so as to cater for the ants’ needs. Excrete too much, and they’re throwing away
vital nutrients they need to grow and thrive; excrete too little, and their ant guardians
may turn to the parasites for their sugary fix instead. Sugary carbohydrate rich foods, like nectar
and honeydew, are what fuels the ants’ metabolisms, giving them vital energy to perform their
numerous tasks throughout the day. One of the most important of which, nourishing
their hungry young. Back within the ants’ nests, these little
white pill shaped things reside. These are ant larvae, and their dietary requirements
differ somewhat from the adult ants. They require more protein-rich meals to help them
grow. For Meat Ants, this source of protein usually
come in the form of seeds and insects. Seeds are usually collected from the ground,
fallen from the trees above. Meat ants tend to favour seeds which have
these little stringy caps attached to them. This part of the seed is known as the elaiosome
and is extremely desirable to the ants. They much resemble animal flesh in texture,
with some species even mimicking its scent too. And much like animal flesh, elaiosomes are
packed full of fat and amino acids. Just what the larvae need to thrive. Despite the powerful jaws of the Meat ants,
it’s almost impossible for them to separate this fleshy substance from the seed itself. And so, the entire seed must be meticulously
carried home. As Meat ants often travel long distances from
their nests in search of food, this means they make for excellent seed dispersers. And given they aren’t overly interested
in consuming the seeds themselves, once the larvae have consumed the elaiosomes, the seeds
will usually remain intact within the safe, humid and nutrient rich confines of the ants’
nest. So it’s a win win. The ants get a little meal, and in return,
provide the seed with a perfect environment to germinate and spring to life. But of course, Meat ants don’t just run on
seeds, and do very much live up to their name. From mealworms… To lizards… But rarely do Meat ants tackle live healthy prey,
instead, they prefer to take on the injured and displaced. Using their great numbers to overwhelm and
exhaust them into submission. But sometimes meat ants will risk it all for
a meal. Yellowjackets can make for a challenging foe. Even a crippled one can be deadly. Their huge heads are loaded with powerful
muscle, easily capable of tearing a Meat ant in two. But the Meat ants are fearless, despite many
casualties, they carry on until the bitter end. Finally the battle is over, and the ants can
reap their reward. As you can imagine, Meat ants are very possessive
of food. Anything which tries to interfere are met
with extreme aggression, and usually are intimidated into a quick retreat. Smaller ants, like these closely related rainbow
ants here, can occasionally get the better of them. Taking advantage of any lost or
injured workers. But very few dare take them on under their terms. Sugar ants, are among these few. Just like meat ants, they’re fiercely competitive and are often found nesting within close proximity of them. The two manage to coexist however, due to
an important behavioral difference, they operate during different hours. Meat ants are diurnal, meaning they do most
of their foraging during daylight. Whereas, sugar ants are primarily nocturnal,
foraging under the cover of night, where they’ll use the Meat ants’ own trails to forage… tend to the very same family of leafhoppers… and also attempt to block up their nest entrances with surrounding rocks and twigs in order to hinder their daily activity. Usually the only time the two cross paths
is briefly during dusk and dawn. Inevitably, clashes ensue. These sugar ants here have managed to find
themselves an impressively large wolf spider. Slowly they attempt to carry the carcass back
to their nest. But, a nearby Meat ant colony has a different
idea. Quickly it turns into a game of tug of war. Although, the meat ants are much smaller in
stature, in this case, they make up for it in numbers and sheer determination. Outnumbered, and out muscled, eventually the
sugar ants concede their prize. Occasionally the two rivals, will also infiltrate
each others nests, with the goal of stealing their brood in order to nourish their own. These raids are usually quite short lived,
quickly abandoned once defensive reinforcements arrive. but if met with little resistance, it may only end once one has entirely wiped out the other. Raiding all their brood and killing their
queen. Like most ants, Meat Ants are highly competitive
with other colonies of their same species. But unlike most ants, they’ve evolved a
surprisingly civil way of resolving territorial disputes. When workers from two neighboring Meat Ant
colonies cross paths, they measure up their counterparts, cautiously examining one another
with their antennae, determining whether they are friend or foe. If discovered they are indeed from separate
colonies, they posture up their bodies, extending their legs and raising the tips of their abdomens. A rather odd looking pose known as ‘Stilting’. If the conflict hasn’t resolved at this
point, using their forelegs, the ants begin to kickbox. It’s a test of strength and agility. The battle is quick, lasting only a few seconds. The winner of the bout will retain their stilled
pose, tip-toeing around to proclaim their victory. Whilst the loser lowers their posture, leans
their body away from the victor, and backs off. These bouts usually take place in small groups
along the ants’ foraging trails. Clearly defining where the territorial borders
of two colonies meet. The fighting can last hours as each colony
attempts to push the opposing colony further and further back, to both limit their neighbor’s
range and expand their own. This elaborate act of ritualised fighting
ensures that confrontation over territory rarely results in the death or maiming of
any ants. Encouraging the longevity of both colonies,
and thus, promoting the survival of their species. The combination of meat ants vast numbers,
and constant movement through the undergrowth, often results in a noticeable change in their
surrounding landscape. Over time, incredibly long, conspicuous trails
are formed, branching off to valuable points of interest, like a mature flowering tree
rich in nectar. Some trails can become so distinctive that
you might mistake one to be made by a much larger animal like a rabbit, or even a man
made hiking trail. Just like any trail, they must be regularly
maintained. Any debris and vegetation along the ants’
path are methodically cleared away by passers by. Ensuring a super efficient, easily commutable
highway. Follow these highways back far enough and
you’ll reach the ants’ nest, where the queens and growing young reside. As you can see these nests can be huge, reaching
several meters across. Dozens of entrances scatter their surface,
each linking up to a network of elaborate tunnels and chambers, reaching as deep as
3 meters into the ground. Their mounds are usually quite flat, but what
makes them stand out is the complete lack of vegetation, and the vast layer of gravel
which often veils them. All of which has been methodically gathered
up from the surrounding undergrowth. One granule at a time. Once the gravel mixes in and compacts with
the loose soil beneath, it greatly strengthening their nest structure. Lessening the effects of erosion caused by
harsh sunlight and heavy rainfall. Especially important for meat ants, given
their fondness for nesting in open areas devoid of shade and protection from surrounding trees. The reason Meat Ants choose to nest in such
exposed areas is a simple one. They love the heat. Ants, along with all insects, and many other
animals, like reptiles and most fish, are “cold blooded”, meaning the temperature
of their bodies is entirely dependant upon their surrounding environment. A cold ant colony, means a slow unproductive
ant colony. So being positioned out in the open, where
they can take full advantage of the sun’s warmth, means that meat ants are able to keep
busy and productive all throughout the day. Resulting in an abundance of food being returned
to their nests, nourishing their developing young, and allowing them to support huge populations. Deep below the nests’ surface sits the mother
to them all. As you’d imagine, she’s treated like royalty. Her every need is vigilantly tended to her
by her children. They feed her, keep her clean, raise her young,
and guard her from danger. Her only job is to sit around laying eggs
to ensure the future generations, and her legacy. But it wasn’t always this way. Originally, a queen starts from very humble
beginnings. They’re created by mature colonies and initially
possess two pairs of wings, which, when the time comes, are used to perform their nuptial
flight. On humid spring days, usually following a
rainstorm, dozens of meat ant colonies eagerly send out all of their winged reproductive
ants, and they apprehensively fly off in search of counterparts from foreign colonies. The males, quite distinctive from the females,
with their tiny heads and wasp like bodies, drop to the ground after mating, and die soon
after. Workers will swiftly arrive to collect them
up so they can be fed back to their hungry larvae. Nothing goes to waste. The females, on the other hand, quickly shed
their wings, and then, frantically search for an ideal place to found their colony. Once found, they begin to dig. The recent rains makes the soil quite malleable,
but for a single ant, it’s a difficult task nonetheless. Once their chamber is complete, they seal
off the entrance, lay their first batch of eggs, and patiently tend to them until they
hatch. To keep themselves going, they rely on fat
reserves, and metabolised energy from their, now useless, wing muscles. After weeks of patient caring, her brood
eventually hatch. Bringing rise to a new colony of ants. But most queen ants aren’t so fortunate. Up until this point, they’re extremely vulnerable,
making for a highly nutritious snack for predators, who can easily catch them out in the open, Or even underground too. Birds and echidnas will dig them up out of their newly constructed chambers. And often other ants will target them too. In her frantic search of a place to nest, this queen
blundered across a dense trail of hungry rainbow ants, and was quickly overpowered. But meat ants have adopted some helpful strategies
to increase their odds of success. Occasionally, when a queen lands nearby a closely
related colony, surrounding worker ants recognise their unique scent, and so, they adopt the newly
mated queens as one of their own. Eagerly leading them back to the safety of
their nest, perhaps even the same nest they originated from. To the workers, the safety of these young
queens is of paramount importance, they desperately work at getting them underground and out of
sight as soon as possible. Consequently, if the queens are discovered
a little further from the nest and the distance is deemed too far and perilous to travel,
the workers may even help the queens dig out a new chamber. Afterward, the workers often stick around, or come
to and from their main nest to help the young queen raise up her brood. Essentially, this new queen and nest, act
as a satellite for the colony, greatly expanding their territory and accelerating their growth. Some Meat Ant colonies may control dozens
of these satellite nests, all home to at least one queen. And each linking up with well-worn trails spanning hundreds of meters. Allowing the colony to command vast amounts
of land and resources, and reach massive proportions, millions of ants strong… So that’s Meat Ants, they really are a fascinating
species. From their colossal nests and highways… To their cooperative means of founding colonies… To their fierce ability to overwhelm their victims. To their civilised means of solving
territorial disputes… It’s really no surprise
they’re such a dominant force here in Australia. And such an important force they are too. From their role as seed dispersers… To protecting plants from pests… To cycling immense amounts of soil… and decomposing dead invertebrates
and vertebrates alike. They’re even known to go after the highly
invasive, cane toads which have devastated many ecosystems here in Australia, as Meat
Ants are completely immune to their usually deadly toxins, and have developed a fond taste
for their eggs. During my time filming these guys, they very
much reminded me of North American wood ants. Which I’ve also made a documentary on in the past. Just like wood ants, they were also really
difficult to film, especially around their nest or while they were tending to leafhoppers
and aphids. It only takes a slight vibration or a tiny
outtake of breath, and then one worker completely freaks out, quickly alert hundreds around
to do the same, and all of a sudden, a swarm are over me and my camera. So as much as I enjoyed filming and documenting
these guys, it’ll be nice to observe them from a slightly safer distance from now on. Before I get onto the regular ant farm giveaway,
I just wanted to say a big thanks to my patreon supporters. It’s really so humbling to know people enjoy
my content enough to even consider sponsoring me. I feel incredibly grateful to have such generous
support. So thank you guys so much! And a Special thanks to my top tier supporters… Alright, now onto the regular giveaway, where
you guys get a chance to win some of our specially designed ant farms. In my last video on the spider ants, (quite
a while ago now, I know), I asked, “What do you find most interesting about them?” Personally, what most fascinates me is the
way they hang upside down like bats in a cave. Often gripping a cluster of brood in their
mouths. And although I have developed some theories
as to why they choose to do this. it’s still very much a mystery to me. Attempting to solve that mystery has had me
very much enthralled. So the Winner is “Tassie Ants” who was
most interested by the queens, which don’t have wings and behave rather worker-like. Congratulations you’ve just won yourself one
of our ytong starter kits! And if you remember, I also put my old camera
up for grabs. An Olympus SZ-14. What I shot all of my early videos with. So Congratulations to…”DavesAnts” who
plans on using it to document his ants so he can later look back at the footage and
remember this happy time in his life of caring for and admiring ants! So great to hear! For next video’s giveaway, I’ll be giving
away one of our Acrylic Starter Kits. Which includes one of our founding acrylic
nests, along with a bunch of accessories, as seen here. To enter, simply answer the following, “what
do you find most interesting about Australia’s iconic meat ants? Is it their pretty coloration? Massive colonies and nest structures? Or perhaps the way they kickbox to resolve
conflict? Or maybe it’s something you’ve discovered
on your own? Post your answers in the comment section below. I’ll pick out a single comment and announce
them as the winner in my next video. As always, thanks for watching this video
and I hope you enjoyed.

100 thoughts on “Meat Ants | The Kickboxing Ants From Down Under

  1. A medical researher in Australia, remembed that when he was a child his Aboriginal mate cut his leg with a rusty old axe. He said his mate mum put a clean cloth on a meat ant nest, stirred up the ants so they would crawl all over the cloth. He said she then put it on the cut and wrapped it up with a bandage. He said the leg healed wonderfully. After medical school he thought about how the cut should have had at least some infection. So he got some meat ants and found that when he stirred the ants up they proudced this extremely strong antiseptic. He is now researching how to make a synthetic version for medical use.

  2. Ants have got to be one of the most bizarre creatures. The hive mind mentality is so fascinating that it's hard to believe these tiny dudes can orchestrate such higher functioning ways of living.

  3. Do satellite colonies ever rebel against the colony that adopted them in their earlier years? Also do ants born from satellite colonies work for their queen ant or the queen ant of the colony that adopted their queen ant?

  4. In my opinion, I like their unique way of settling area control betwean different ant colonies of the same species, there is no death involved and has the a bit of survival of the fittest ( strongest ) in their kickboxing. Plus, there stance is really funny!!

  5. hey ants australia im foloving you now sins your vidio (How to catsh A Queen Ant) and I finaly the decision too start my own cannel. The Name of my YouTube cannel is Morten Heckel it´s in german and i wanted to ask you if you Could suport me.
    Ps. nice vidio 😀

  6. Sugar Ants actually go by the nests of the Meat Ants and block their entrances so they have trouble leaving their nests in the morning. What a jerk move.

  7. ENTRY:

    I have no idea if I already entered this contest, but who knows.

    I love these videos and definitely think the long wait is worth it. I’m sorry if you don’t like video making or YouTube. It gets stressful. Do what you love. That’s what we want for you!

    What I find really interesting about these guys is very different from a lot of other entries. I think it’s really interesting how the manage to defend against Argentines. While green headed ants, bull ants, and camponotus ants tend to be outcompeted by Linepithema humile, I’ve noticed that meat ants don’t seem to be doing so bad against them. Maybe the attribute of kickboxing instead of warring goes to prolong their species to outcompete Argentines. A pretty hard task I’d imagine. Very cool genus. I think Eli at Ant Invasion has a colony of them!

    I’ve started ant keeping two years ago as a kid. At first I watched antscanada, then you, then RobJsAnts, etc, then catching queens and putting them in tubes stuffed on both ends with cotton (they all died due to constant checking to hydrate them), to where I am now with my new nanitic colonies. It’s been such an incredible journey, so thank you for your part in it. Hope I win, my camponotus pennsyvanicus queen could use some room!

    I keep:

    Brachymyrmex Depilis: 5
    Camponotus Pennsyvanicus: 1
    Tetramorium Caespitum E: 4
    Unidentified Camponotus queen: 1

  8. I think it's really cool how aggressive these ants are, the fearlessness that it takes to gang up on a wasp is really cool. But honestly with them being so warlike, the care that they show when they come across a newly mated queen was astounding. The well rounded personalities of these ants was really cool to learn about.

  9. What I find most interesting about meat ants is their ability to reduce animals to bones in a short amount of time, truly scary to think about but also fascinating. They also are immune to cane toad poison which is amazing! They are very beautiful ants also I dream about getting them some day.

  10. What I found most interesting about Meat ants was first off, their name because no other ant in the world has a more distinct name in my opinion. I also found interesting that they can have such huge colonies. I never thought an ant home could be that big.

  11. I find iT interesting how they make a big network of other queen ants and cause of that they grow bigger and bigger and the best part that they help the queens

    Good luck with the channel

  12. What I found most interesting about meat Ants is that these ants are able to get throught skin of other animals that dont even larger ant species can geht through ( and that they have satelite colonies when they adopt a queen and hell then found their colony) Before this Video i didnt even know that such ants exist!

  13. there kickboxing and how they can resole there fights whitout killing eachother, only ant speciels i have heard there don't kill eachother 🙂

  14. I love your videos and I find them very interesting. Unfortunately, I cannot see the meat ants with my own eyes because I live very far from Australia, but with your videos, I can explore ants species that are not native to my country (Canada)!! Honestly, I find it hard to say what I like most about meat ants. But personally, I think their kickboxing is really cool! If I win the acrylic starter kit, I think I would house a black carpenter queen ant in it. Leo 11 years old

  15. Hi Ants Australia, I want to start an ant colony and have been searching for queens for the last few days… I came across a European fire ant colony today and there was A LOT of alates, (with wings) Is there a possibility that fertilized alates go back to their colonies after nuptial flights ?? I put one in a test tube on the off chance that was a possibility. Should I release her or keep her? I’d very much appreciate the advice. THANKS

    Nice video btw. 👍

  16. A little late to the party, but here we go.
    I find it interesting that Meat ants are able to kill poisonous cane toads, as the toxins exuded by the toad, that usually kill the cane toad's predators, do not affect the meat ants.
    Keep up the good work.

  17. The thing i find most interesting about meat ants is, the kickboxing! i think its really cool they dispute territory without killing eachother

  18. 13:43
    🎵 Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
    🎵 Those kids ants were fast as lightning

    🎵 In fact, it was a little bit frightening

    🎵 But they fought with expert timing

  19. I personally like the way they “kick box” It’s pretty funny and less violent 😂

    Oh and I love your videos so much you have to be one of my top three favorite YouTube channel ever!

    plz try to post more often

  20. What interests me is that large super colonies will prey on weekend or injured creatures and won’t risk losing any member of the colony.

  21. The most interesting thing I found about meat ants is how they have extremely complex behaviors for others, and how they help and care for the closely related queens, even far from them. I am deeply fascinated by this beautiful behavior.


    Ant Australia

  22. It’s really hard to pick a favourite thing, these ants are iconic.
    their Symbiotic relationship with some trees. a great example is acacias, each phyllode has a pretty visible gland at its base for feeding the ants in return for protection, and how they are also being fed in return for seed distribution.

  23. I found it interesting how they kickbox to resolve conflicts so they don't have to sacrifice any members of the colony ensuring their survival.

  24. I thought it was really interesting how they would add new queen ants to the existing colony and how they will take eggs and even kill queens from other colony’s

  25. Hi Jordan and the team, the most interesting thing I find about these meat ants (iridomyrmex) is that they are the only known ant species in Australia that feeds on “guano” (bird poop!), by the way I have been supporting you guys for at least 2 years and have bought things from you twice, over the past few years I have been slowly buying all the necessary ant farm parts so I can start my leptomyrmex (spider ants) colony!!

  26. The thing I found most interesting about meat ants is how they have an extremely complex behavior towards others of their own kind, and how they will help and take care of closely related queens and even go far as letting them in their nest.

  27. Godtier video again!

    What i love most about the meat ants is that they tend and help young queens, but not to actually help them but for their own good and strenghten themself by getting ally's

  28. I find the meat ants interesting interesting they are commonly known as meat ants but primarily eat vegetation which is kinda weird and they. Thanks ants Australia

  29. I love how cute meat ants look when they “kickbox” to resolve conflict because I have never heard of a more unique way of resolving a conflict in the ants world

  30. I'm fascinated by the cooperative queen/nest founding. I just found my first queen ant, and she's in a test tube set-up as I type. She's a Camponotus semitestaceous I saved from ending up in a cobweb. It's going to be a while before this colony gets going though, and the waiting is killing me. I'm fretting like a madman about this ant. It would be a relief if I had a already established colony to help her along with her founding. LOL
    (Okay, more like, "Loony Cackle with Alan Hale Skipper-fingers" kind of LOL…)

  31. I cant get over how much meat ants literally kickbox like 7 year olds who want their turn on the Xbox. It's so funny, and however in their evolution they decided that kickboxing was a must have, I'm glad it's up there.

  32. I would love to win one of your ant nest because I have the old version of them and there aren’t nearly as good as the ones you have now.

    My favourite thing about meat ants is the fact that there colony’s grow up to be super huge and a force to be reckoned with! I recently caught a meat ant queen so this nest will be super helpful for housing for when her first workers arrive. Hope I win!😁

  33. I would love to win one of your ant nest because I have the old version of them and there aren’t nearly as good as the ones you have now.

    My favourite thing about meat ants is the fact that there colony’s grow up to be super huge and a force to be reckoned with! I recently caught a meat ant queen so this nest will be super helpful for housing for when her first workers arrive. Hope I win!😁

  34. what i find the most interesting about these amazing meat ants is the importance they have for the ecosystem around them. The ants disperse thousands of seeds, they keep the environment clean by eating the carcases and form symbiotic relationships with the plants ant insects around them.

  35. Recently found your channel, and I adore the content! My other half doesn't want my favorite insects in the house so if I win pass my winnings on to the fella below me!

    I'm fascinated by the fact that Meat Ants appear to be a mild threat to the extremely invasive toads in Australia. I've been fortunate enough to work on projects related to invasive species where I live and it's brilliant that the native environment can still occasionally land a successful blow. Is Meat Ant predation on toad eggs something that could be encouraged by capture and resettlement of queens to areas where the toads are known to breed? Do you think that's even close to viable?

  36. Meat Ants… Well initially their name was pretty darn interesting. If only i knew their behaviours would truly blow my mind. Not only is their stature and their apperance appealing to me as I prefer larger ants, but their behaviours hold the key to my heart. My true favorite aspect about these little bugs is their conpetitiveness. Seeing something as small as just a bug, striving to be the best at what they do, even normal ant things, is truly inspiring. Their desire to be the best at what they do often leaves me thinking, if they strive to be the best, even just as ants, I should too.
    Thanks for considering me, my young camponotus colony could really profit from this

  37. What I find most interesting about meat ants is that they are not affected by the Kane todes and are helping the environment by getting rid of them and the fact that they help other queens build their homes

  38. The thing I find most interesting about meat ants is the sheer effect they can have on the environment around them! I spotted a nest while working the other day and in addition to the large cleared area for the nest itself it had two large 'highways' leading away from it. One of which broke even further into two trails! Such an industrious species.

  39. The most interesting fact about these guys are that they merge together or found new satellite nests with new queens.

  40. Dear Jo, as you regularly ask if we want more videos, what subjects we may need or wish, how-, when-, where-, what-, who-, w***-, w*****, etc… -about, I see a 3 months gap and realize my opinion may be of some encouragement.

    So YES I want more videos. When? Now. ASAP. I mean this question is pointless, I have no authority on you and no legitimacy to tell you what you should do. But just be aware how precious are your videos for us. So "when" is pointless as answer will always be ASAP as long as you take pleasure into it. And for Ants YES it is precious! The more people will understand Ants, the more ants will be taken care of (real meaning, not "taken care of", that's the point!)
    So "what" is not a question to me so much neither. If I had an advice it would be : please show close-up of ants to help people watching see the emotions of the ants. They are really complex creatures, seeing is what lack most for people. So if you can learn to catch ants feelings on camera, in close-up views, then you'll get the most important think to my mind. After that, whatever is the official subject of the video is pretty much OK and the same as it's second to the main point. We sure love to learn things about ants species. So the most you explore the best. No matter what order or pretext you choose. Just do the most simple for you, the most accessible with easy work first, then it will all come naturally. I really hope you can make more videos. Your pronunciation and talking is very nice to hear, you always chose right words, fine explanations, so there is possibly no advice I could add as you already does a VERY GOOD JOB. Even en EXCELLENT JOB. I just want more of it whatever it is you feel giving us, the most easy for you and fast, the best, so it's naturally coming from the closer subject to the next… You need no "ask for" to talk about whatever you know interesting… And then your own experience will improve too so you'll be an even better narrator, movie maker etc. Just do it! We really are only waiting for more and more I promise you success and satisfied followers.

  41. Well I'm starting out so it would be nice if I could get the set and the most interesting thing is how they carry 1 piece of gravel at a time it amazing

  42. The thing that I find most interesting is their "kickboxing" I think it's hilarious to watch but also fascinating.

    Thanks for another great video.

  43. Meat ants are really cool, I like that they’re so aggressive and I find it really interesting that they attack so much even if it’s bigger than them! I would love to eventually own a meat ant colony! Keep up the great work!

  44. What I found most interesting is the fact that they new that it wasn’t worth going after the caterpillar showing that they are good tacticians and also that they milk aphids

  45. Love the video! I cant imagine these ants living in a multi tank as they are very agressive ants! They even eat isopods and millipedes!

  46. Thanks for the awesome footage. This is one of the best ants videos I've ever seen in the past years on Youtube. Amazing!

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