My Dream Ant Farm: Leafcutter Ants

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  • Published: 04 November 2017
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    This is an ant keeping hobbyist's dream! The ant farm in this video is something I have absolutely fantasized about having as a kid! In this vlog, we explore the incredible, mind-blowing Atta sp. exhibit of the Espace pour la vie Montreal Insectarium. The exhibit houses a 7 yr old colony of leafcutter ants living in acrylic containers and a network of branches, flowers, and plants.

    What makes the exhibit so amazing is that the setup allows for the display of the leafcutter ant workers' foraging behaviours, where they seek out plat matter, cut up the selected leaves and flowers, and carry these huge plants pieces back to the nest where they proceed to chew them up and cultivate the most impressive fungus gardens, which nourish the entire ant colony. We explore in this video just how spectacular these ants and this setup are! Hope you enjoy an epic ant geeking out session!

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  • Z. crow
    Z. crow  5 days back

    I gust got a queen red and black ant... Of cores not in the same tests tobe but i RILEY RILEY need help i am scared that i am doing something worng can u please help me get on the right track on geting them to lay thare eggs

    • 576575s
      576575s  5 days back

      I was introduced to ants by my father. He was a handyman and would fix stuff for his friends. I was forced to help him as a child Lol. One day he was stung by a wasp and told me, "watch this", took the wasp which he'd slapped to the ground and moved it next to an ant hole... basically these big red ants attacked the wasp and took it apart in a few minutes so it could fit in the hole. I was hooked since. My finger tips were always hurting at the end of the day from getting bit messing around with the ants haha

      • Vanj Albis
        Vanj Albis  1 weeks back

        Paano mo makuha ang lahat ng mga ants?

        • Jaxson Hawke
          Jaxson Hawke  2 weeks back

          "Ant Conciousness" is what AC truly stands for!

          • AntLove 4Ever
            AntLove 4Ever  2 weeks back

            Ants are the cutest animals EVER!

            • Sam Hopper
              Sam Hopper  2 weeks back

              Mikey! When are you doing your Ted Talks?

              • Brady Patterson
                Brady Patterson  2 weeks back

                It's funny, yet sad how you mention nature shows not showing nature anymore. Kinda depressing wondering if my future kids will have any enjoyable, yet fun and informative media in the future. But then find little gems like your channel which actually make me excited, knowing it's out there and more interesting and personal than I think any corporate giant could hope for. I think your channel really does inspire aspiring young ant keepers and scientists everywhere!

                • Kursad Elvan
                  Kursad Elvan  2 weeks back

                  Dude your videos started to be all clickbaits, and empty talking.

                  You don't have to talk trash or give us scientific explanation(some of them are really unnecessary), I was watching you because your videos were like documentary. I think you are out of ideas.

                  No hate, I am unsubbing.

                  • 愉悦Dr
                    愉悦Dr  2 weeks back

                    6:23 BGM?

                    • Tyler Marton
                      Tyler Marton  2 weeks back

                      You have 3 million subs.. I think it is high time to invest in a gimbal so that you can film your ants without shaking all over the place.

                      • DrTrayBlox -Roblox
                        DrTrayBlox -Roblox  3 weeks back

                        My dream is to touch other insects i havent touch a ant

                        • MrFreerange
                          MrFreerange  3 weeks back

                          Did you see any ants fall when you where there?

                          • Hopelessknot
                            Hopelessknot  3 weeks back

                            Soooo what happens during there mating season

                            • ifienite technopath
                              ifienite technopath  3 weeks back

                              ur mom

                              • RicePudding
                                RicePudding  4 weeks back

                                Bugs life lol

                                • Mark Rice
                                  Mark Rice  4 weeks back

                                  I would put you on par with David Attenborough. Love how detailed your videos are

                                  • IronNinja 93
                                    IronNinja 93  4 weeks back

                                    Yeah i always dream of those.... But im still 12

                                    • Lee Davis
                                      Lee Davis  4 weeks back

                                      I have to ask, specially noting the open windows in your Ant Room.
                                      You have many species of ants not native to Canada, or the Americas.
                                      Is the Canadian Government not concerned about Ants escaping and establishing themselves as a invasive species ?
                                      Here in South Florida, escaped non native pets, Pythons, Monitors, Iguanas, Oscars, Piranhas are causing havoc with our ecosystem.
                                      Just saying...

                                      • tripplesix x
                                        tripplesix x  1 months back

                                        Correction we are like ants. They came first.

                                        • Theresa Lili
                                          Theresa Lili  1 months back

                                          Now, I would love a colony like this one.

                                          • 優さん
                                            優さん  1 months back

                                            People would rather crush ants under their feet rather than respect them.

                                            • Erevil
                                              Erevil  1 months back

                                              In Poland we Don't have this ants but i have a Camponotus Ligniperda the biggest ant in Poland and Europe (im not 100% sure about that)

                                              • EyeLockGaming - Playz
                                                EyeLockGaming - Playz  1 months back

                                                What happen to this colony?? I want to see it again

                                                • Eagle Sauce
                                                  Eagle Sauce  1 months back

                                                  I only like certain species of ants, those who invade other ants and those who can organize strong defense against invasion of other ants. I really hope to witness army ants invade a leaf cutter ants colony...

                                                  • Hans Hull
                                                    Hans Hull  1 months back

                                                    I’m watching this video and a pest control ad comes up...
                                                    lol

                                                    • FiLiPsTa Gamer
                                                      FiLiPsTa Gamer  1 months back

                                                      Its 2019, i think I've got an leafcutter ant colonie on my tree. I wasnt able to guess how human like they are until this video

                                                      • Adil Bensediq
                                                        Adil Bensediq  1 months back

                                                        Who's here after the Kurzgesagt video?

                                                        • jaleecia
                                                          jaleecia  1 months back

                                                          Ants disgust me but these videos are so cool

                                                          • asleen alee
                                                            asleen alee  1 months back

                                                            Leafcutter ants:

                                                            If you want a leaf chop down,
                                                            Call a worker.


                                                            If you want an ant chopped,






                                                            Call a major.

                                                            • NyanCat874
                                                              NyanCat874  1 months back

                                                              Could leafcutter ants basically build their nests out of the giant fungus balls instead of digging? that would be resourceful...

                                                              • Jason Bazen
                                                                Jason Bazen  1 months back

                                                                You need to do a leaf cutter ants colony


                                                                And you should name the Leaf empire

                                                                • it's meew
                                                                  it's meew  2 months back

                                                                  Who else just got done watching part 3 of the weaver ants?

                                                                  • Truth Soldier
                                                                    Truth Soldier  2 months back

                                                                    Sailing through the unknown seas of You tube

                                                                    • Gabriel Johnson
                                                                      Gabriel Johnson  2 months back

                                                                      I wonder if that fungus would have any beneficial properties for humans?...

                                                                      • Brink12Con1080p
                                                                        Brink12Con1080p  2 months back

                                                                        Will you ever try to raise a colony of Bullet Ants?

                                                                        • King Croc
                                                                          King Croc  2 months back

                                                                          every sentence you say is like some great big build up to a normal point/statement/sentence.
                                                                          "the leaves are now- ready to be- placed into- the tank- where my ants- can thrive- as usual- today- right now- my ants."

                                                                          • Kedzie K
                                                                            Kedzie K  2 months back

                                                                            Did the 24 hr stream ever happen ??

                                                                            • Jordy Blees
                                                                              Jordy Blees  2 months back

                                                                              I love them 👍

                                                                              • Ben Cotton
                                                                                Ben Cotton  2 months back

                                                                                Yay
                                                                                I'm so happy I just caught my first ever queen ant

                                                                                • Boulevardfree
                                                                                  Boulevardfree  2 months back

                                                                                  If you liked that setup go to Berlin and visit the Zoo/Aquarium. Their age-old colony dwarfs the one shown here :)

                                                                                  • Anthony St.Louis
                                                                                    Anthony St.Louis  2 months back

                                                                                    Wow! You did do the weaver ants setup! Now maybe you can do one just like the leaf cutters in the atta exhibit! A bridge system would be really cool! Do you think the feral ants could get into an open cage with a moat?

                                                                                    • Faze_Zedee
                                                                                      Faze_Zedee  2 months back

                                                                                      Love the intro lol

                                                                                      • Lee Mitchum
                                                                                        Lee Mitchum  2 months back

                                                                                        Red nation I just now subscribed never knew it before but I'm a ant nerd who would have thought

                                                                                        • J T
                                                                                          J T  2 months back

                                                                                          Unfortunately I heard that the insectarium is closed for upgrades this year and the old leafcutter ant colony was donated to a lab at McGill.

                                                                                          • Other Acct
                                                                                            Other Acct  2 months back

                                                                                            I've been there!😄

                                                                                            • Kayleigh Lehrman
                                                                                              Kayleigh Lehrman  2 months back

                                                                                              I couldn't tell you why YouTube recommendations popped this in front of me, but thank you, AC, for allowing me to find newfound appreciation for these magnificent animals

                                                                                              • Nick Bellomo
                                                                                                Nick Bellomo  2 months back

                                                                                                The weaver ants is fun to watch with much change in the environment. That would be great for the on going stream.

                                                                                                • Andrew
                                                                                                  Andrew  2 months back

                                                                                                  I've been there before! Completely walked by the ants though😂