Casting a Field Ant Colony with Molten Aluminum (Cast #071)

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  • Published: 11 February 2015
  • This is the first video showing the casting of a field ant colony with molten aluminum. The resulting field ant colony cast is impressive, being more similar in size and complexity to a fire ant colony than the small and simple colonies of other species that have been posted. This is Cast #071 and it is 17.5 inches deep and weighs 10.4 lbs. (45 cm, 4.7 kg).

    You can see pictures of this cast and other details at http://anthillart.com/castings/071/

    The bubbling of the aluminum during the pour is the result of the air being pushed out of the colony. I initially didn't mention this in the description, just to see what people thought was the cause. A lot of people knew that was the cause. Some didn't but I didn't realize that was the cause at the time since it never happened before. The reason it doesn't happen on other casts is that the tunnels on this cast are much larger, allowing the aluminum to flow quickly to the bottom without hardening.

    It's a good time to mention that I do this safely with full protection and am in no danger of being burned by flying pieces of hot aluminum. You never know what can happen when pouring molten metal into the ground so I'm always fully covered.

    The colony has a single opening with a series of wide flat chambers beginning just below the ground surface. Deeper in the colony, two long tunnels extend from the wide chambers and have smaller chambers spaced along the lengths of the tunnels. The tunnels are on average around 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) diameter, which is much larger than those of a fire ant colony and more similar in size to the tunnels of a carpenter ant colony.

    There are several names for ants in the Formica genus (wood ants, mound ants, thatching ants, and field ants). I prefer to call them field ants and it fits the behavior of the ones I have observed since they mostly nest in or near open areas and I have yet to see any in wooded areas. These particular ants have been identified as being in the species Formica pallidefulva.

    When their colonies appear and I notice them, there is usually a single colony entrance (but can be several) with 100s of ants pouring out of the colony removing dirt and discarding it around the opening creating a mound. After a few days they stop removing dirt, having finished the colony apparently. The mound eventually washes away from rain, leaving only the colony entrance visible. These ants seem to abandon their colonies fairly often and I have seen them do that and start a new colony nearby. The ants in this colony had done just that and built a new colony approximately 15 feet away. I'm not completely sure why they do this but have read that it can happen when the original colony becomes inadequate for some reason.

    So, it was logical to assume that this colony was abandoned (although there's no way to know for sure) and that was confirmed with near certainty after the casting. Anyone who has read this far please relay that information to the comments section. Thanks.

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Comments • 665

  • しまねこ227
    しまねこ227  3 weeks back

    盆 栽

    • Mirror
      Mirror  3 weeks back

      YOUR KARMAS WILL MAKE YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS PAY.

      • 최지수
        최지수  2 days back

        More like make him rich and famous

    • mark anthony Campos
      mark anthony Campos  3 weeks back

      Me: "I'll just hold it in"
      Me 2 seconds later: 0:12

      • Dhhshshd Bdhdbdhd d
        Dhhshshd Bdhdbdhd d  4 weeks back

        EWWW IT LOOKED BUBBLY

        • Skella the skeleton *The amalgamate*

          Ant hill casting ASMR.

          • mj420 x
            mj420 x  5 months back

            They probably abandon it when the queen dies, creating the new queen her own colony

            • Luceat
              Luceat  5 months back

              Terminator Bubbles

              • Love Cervere
                Love Cervere  5 months back

                People complaining that this guy killing ants is wrong, yet you can literally buy ant poison at the supermarket for the express purpose of killing ants.

                • Husky Puppy and temmie animates

                  0:19 *IT’S A VALCANO!!!* *AND EVEN ON* 0:27!!!

                  • J K
                    J K  8 months back

                    Lets fill his house with molten aluminium...

                    • bob Xie
                      bob Xie  8 months back

                      This one is so beautiful!

                      • AllNature Zero
                        AllNature Zero  10 months back

                        I missed your video of these :"
                        Please come back

                        • User9000
                          User9000  10 months back

                          0:19

                          • no u
                            no u  11 months back

                            so my nephew loves this channel, but then he saw bugs life.

                            • Mary The Marshmallow
                              Mary The Marshmallow  11 months back

                              I don't have friends.

                              • Mark Price
                                Mark Price  12 months back

                                Anyone who has a negative comment about this has obviously NEVER been standing on a fire ant hill and not known about it until at least 500 of the vicious little buggers are biting them up and down both legs. Also, they have never had to deal with staff infections from fire ant bites. SO - "SNOWFLAKES" - unless you have had a personal encounter with these vicious, toxic creatures - KEEP YOUR FOOL COMMENTS to yourself, please. Fire ants are like Misquitoes - only good one is a DEAD one.

                                • Aleksandar Vil
                                  Aleksandar Vil  12 months back

                                  1:30 Christmas tree 🌲🌲 🌲

                                  • Sazzorak Skills
                                    Sazzorak Skills  12 months back

                                    It’s so satisfying when he digs it out.

                                    • Familie Prinz
                                      Familie Prinz  12 months back

                                      Horny Tree (Holy !)

                                      • Wise Salamander
                                        Wise Salamander  12 months back

                                        Satisfactory!

                                        • Mirza Addan
                                          Mirza Addan  1 years back

                                          You took thousand fire ants life

                                          • Renville80
                                            Renville80  1 years back

                                            Mirza Addan Have you ever accidentally uncovered a fire ant nest? I bet you never have, given that you are on their side.

                                        • Kael Alexander
                                          Kael Alexander  1 years back

                                          Please tell me that it was for sure abandoned. I plan on keeping F. pallidefulva.

                                          • Dream Girls Daily
                                            Dream Girls Daily  1 years back

                                            Do the other ants laugh at these ants and their pathetic tunneling skills?

                                            • Monster_ ShockTrooper
                                              Monster_ ShockTrooper  1 years back

                                              0:19 0:27

                                              • Emorej Dc
                                                Emorej Dc  1 years back

                                                um...you should stop saying those bad words cause God is watching you and God can see those words

                                                • 🦉Brianna_owlfan🦉
                                                  🦉Brianna_owlfan🦉  1 years back

                                                  Splatters

                                                  • Steve Hillier
                                                    Steve Hillier  1 years back

                                                    The revenge of the ants is coming

                                                    • Katrina Canlas
                                                      Katrina Canlas  1 years back

                                                      it kinda looks like a stnd for rings or small jewelry...or a small city

                                                      • Alexis Ann
                                                        Alexis Ann  1 years back

                                                        Do you sell these?

                                                        • B Jean A
                                                          B Jean A  1 years back

                                                          This might be my favorite piece. I love the shape

                                                          • shoto todoroki
                                                            shoto todoroki  1 years back

                                                            Why does he always cast these at night? Im just wondering XD

                                                            • 90'sChic
                                                              90'sChic  1 years back

                                                              These are fun to watch, I have to admit the first time I saw one of these I was expecting a mini Pompei with little ants looking like they were screaming and running. Too bad

                                                              • JG124
                                                                JG124  1 years back

                                                                Just fyi, there were no ants in this colony, this one was abandoned this is just the tunnels they made. It says so in the description.

                                                                • Jared Scott
                                                                  Jared Scott  2 years back

                                                                  I just watch this because i hate ants

                                                                  • Ice Wing
                                                                    Ice Wing  2 years back

                                                                    By this time, most of the ants in the country have heard of the shiny plague of death. The ants are concealing their ant hills, but even so the plague seeks them out brings their colony to the ground. The ants have tried all they could think of. There is no escape.

                                                                    • Flyin Mintbunny
                                                                      Flyin Mintbunny  2 years back

                                                                      Help. I’ve binged like 10 of these and I can’t stop!

                                                                      • rowen
                                                                        rowen  2 years back

                                                                        i don’t know why but these trigger my ASMR. I like that you keep it quiet and don’t add obnoxious music over it.

                                                                        • Sketching and Painting
                                                                          Sketching and Painting  2 years back

                                                                          Pure Night Voice...........

                                                                          • Nixusy
                                                                            Nixusy  2 years back

                                                                            Did this make anybody else hungry? No.. just me.. okay...

                                                                            • Nannett in.the.night
                                                                              Nannett in.the.night  2 years back

                                                                              PS...DO YOU SELL THESE...I WANT ONE...so fricken 😎💰👍

                                                                              • Nannett in.the.night
                                                                                Nannett in.the.night  2 years back

                                                                                I like this one...bubbling hot👍😈

                                                                                • Theo Munroe
                                                                                  Theo Munroe  2 years back

                                                                                  Imagine seeing your neighbor doing this in the middle of the night

                                                                                  • Doge D
                                                                                    Doge D  2 years back

                                                                                    0:21 lol

                                                                                    • Jim Clarke
                                                                                      Jim Clarke  2 years back

                                                                                      Great work, hope you are not drinking to much coke, or beer )))

                                                                                      • Joe S
                                                                                        Joe S  2 years back

                                                                                        Do you sell this?

                                                                                        • Michael Doidge
                                                                                          Michael Doidge  2 years back

                                                                                          "Bonsai" scream the soldier ants....ya know, because the sculpture looks like a...Nevermind. (0;

                                                                                          • Mermaid Annika
                                                                                            Mermaid Annika  2 years back

                                                                                            His poor backyard tho
                                                                                            Just imagine what it would look like

                                                                                            • B-atiful!
                                                                                              B-atiful!  2 years back

                                                                                              May I just say
                                                                                              Field ants are the only ones who have any idea how to build decent nests