My Pet Ants Discovered Agriculture

  • Published: 11 August 2018
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    I can't believe how intelligent ants are! My pet big-headed ant colony has discovered agriculture. Upon examining my ant colony's ant farm island one night, I was shocked to discover that the ants were secretly farming "ant cows", mealybugs drinking from the sap of the colony's tree and excreting a sweet bi-product called 'honeydew' which the ants loved to eat and were collecting! Watch how we make this amazing discovery!

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  • ChasonT
    ChasonT  11 months back

    I never knew that mealybugs were also a source of honeydew for ants. I've always herd (get it) of ants farming aphids, but never mealybugs. In fact this is the first I've heard of them. That being said literally all the info was new and fascinating to me. The millions of years of symbiosis, to the face that males and females take on such different forms.

    • Justin Yeh
      Justin Yeh  1 months back

      ChasonT cool!! Kinda like nomads..... like if a son is going somewhere else he bring livestock

    • FoxelaGames 34
      FoxelaGames 34  2 months back

      Well honey ants are a thing so

    • Peyton Mann
      Peyton Mann  2 months back

      you kinda lucky to get i yutuber to respond to you because there are billions of comments well not billions you know what i mean

    • Jackson Roberts
      Jackson Roberts  6 months back

      ChasonT me too,I knew they farmed aphids but not mealybugs

    • Oliver Ongbay
      Oliver Ongbay  8 months back


  • Metal Rott
    Metal Rott  4 days back

    This episode was hard for me to watch.

    The yellowing on the leaves is because of the those Wooly Aphids draining it of it's nutrients. If they grow in to many numbers they will kill your tree.

    I'm dealing with them with a single lady bug I caught. She should be enough for a 4x5 grow room. She just finished weaving her little nest ^^ bye bye aphids, hello big juicy super hot peppers.

    • Charles Courtney
      Charles Courtney  6 days back

      You should get leaf cutter ants

      • KINGofkings49er
        KINGofkings49er  2 weeks back

        8:28 is that little white fella a mite

        • WolfAshB4n3
          WolfAshB4n3  2 weeks back

          Never thought I'd think ants were interesting but I have been proven wrong. Especially with the way you present it. (Also came here from your Green Bottle Blue video and got to say, love the fact you call her a "goddess" because (1) I'm a spider lover (or "arachnophile" as my dad would say) and (2) as it fits in with this presentation of ants extremely well.)

          • Tone Kravanja
            Tone Kravanja  2 weeks back

            Agriculture is when you sow the crops, this is more of livestock breeding ;)

            • FSlockslide
              FSlockslide  2 weeks back

              Fantastic work man. I have NEVER given a crap about bugs, but wow your passion and knowledge are inspiring. Great episode, I now been watching your channel straight for 2 days now. Great work

              • Maris Staff70
                Maris Staff70  2 weeks back

                I bet they will package honey dew antiverse wide and make loads of money and sales

                • leave
                  leave  3 weeks back

                  hohohooo wait a miniute so basically the ants have reached a state of evolution that took us thousands of years in days? wowee my guy.

                  • Ryan McDermid
                    Ryan McDermid  3 weeks back

                    Should have named these ants “the proctologists”

                    • David Vento
                      David Vento  3 weeks back

                      Mealybugs are a parasite that can infect & weaken the host plant and kill it if they get out of control. They tend to prefer certain species of plants and seem to proliferate in dank conditions where there is poor air circulation. They can reproduce at an alarming rate & overtake a plant collection very quickly so I wouldn’t let them get out of hand or your Bonsai may die. I know they sell insecticidal soaps but I wouldn’t chance using them with the ants. Some people simply prefer to remove them outside under the jet stream of a garden hose. I might consider researching them as it’s been a long time since I’ve had to deal with a mealybug infestation myself (with no ants to help me). If the tree leaves start to yellow and/or fall off you should act quickly or stand to lose your whole mini “eco-system” and that would be a shame. I don’t know if ants themselves periodically cull (and/or eat) an overabundance of their “herd” but they (mealybugs) can really reproduce quickly, and yes, they do walk around. I’d keep a close eye on them & the condition of their host plant.

                      • Ben King
                        Ben King  3 weeks back

                        Next: my ants made tools out of cockroach exoskeletons

                        • Kevin Dad
                          Kevin Dad  3 weeks back

                          I think the jawbreakers farming springtails underground, to make catching them a lot easier, is a lot cooler than this because this has been well documented in the scientific field for a good bit but I've never heard of them doing it in mass numbers for meals like what the jawbreakers did. i honestly think that's a first for the scientific community but I could be wrong.

                          inb4 biology being a lesser science meme

                          • Andy Holcroft
                            Andy Holcroft  3 weeks back

                            6:13 how many mites?!

                            • Andy Holcroft
                              Andy Holcroft  3 weeks back

                              Isn't this animal husbandry....

                              • Midnight Shadow's Storm

                                I have a small tree that entirely COVERED in mealybugs, at first I thought it was like ant larvae or ant eggs(idk) cause alot of ants were there,and after I gave up the idea of that, I thought that they were an infection, I started to worry that my tree might die.......untill I watched this video 3 months later.....I was right and wrong

                                • Mr Internet Guy
                                  Mr Internet Guy  3 weeks back

                                  Day 1: Ants move in

                                  Day 5: Ants discover Agriculture and Livestock

                                  Day 10: Ants start making Primitive Weapons

                                  Day 20: Ants discover Armour and More Advanced Weapons

                                  Day 40: Ants discover Battering Rams

                                  Day 80: Ants discover Gunpowder

                                  Day 160: Ants make Canons

                                  Day 320: Ants made Modern Weaponry

                                  Day 640: Ants discover Space Travel

                                  Day 1280: Ants discover Bipedalism

                                  Day 2560: Ants evolve into Humanoid Creatures

                                  Day 5120: Ants finally go to Space

                                  Day 10240: Ants Reverse-Engineer Alien Technology

                                  Day 20480: Ants invade Earth

                                  • IJustDontKnow
                                    IJustDontKnow  3 weeks back

                                    Something about water, you might want to get a water purifier and use it on your water before you give it to your ants, there's something in water thats dangerous, however, if it doesn't damage the ants, its fine to use.

                                    • Cameron Charlesworth
                                      Cameron Charlesworth  4 weeks back

                                      Good for them

                                      • Fighting Jellybean
                                        Fighting Jellybean  4 weeks back

                                        Ants eat mealybug poop
                                        Tree eats ant poop
                                        Mealybugs eat tree blood

                                        Circle of life!

                                        • Reval Anims
                                          Reval Anims  4 weeks back

                                          Next thing you know, they’re armed with shotguns calling people “buster” and shooting trespassers, including yelling at teenagers.

                                          • Amanda Croft
                                            Amanda Croft  4 weeks back

                                            Free range ant cows

                                            • Ro
                                              Ro  4 weeks back

                                              Subtítulos en español pliss

                                              • Penenlope Armagost
                                                Penenlope Armagost  4 weeks back

                                                Oh no. Soon their going to take over the world then pollute it. Gosh darn it!

                                                Also could you imagine being a female mealybug?
                                                Bug: Well, looks like my house died again. Time to find a new one

                                                • YA bOi
                                                  YA bOi  1 months back

                                                  All jokes aside aren't ants comunist since they share everything?

                                                  • TheNorseGinger
                                                    TheNorseGinger  1 months back

                                                    I saw some ants doing this on one of my garden plants yesterday. I was going to kill the aphids until I realized what the ants next to them were doing.

                                                    • Alfredo Petrosino
                                                      Alfredo Petrosino  1 months back

                                                      i just love how long this videos are

                                                      • Owen Ltd
                                                        Owen Ltd  1 months back

                                                        Either the comments are really dumb, not one of interest
                                                        Or I am too old for this video

                                                        • Lé Crab
                                                          Lé Crab  1 months back

                                                          How come you don’t have velvet ants?

                                                          • Leviathis Krade
                                                            Leviathis Krade  1 months back

                                                            gnats are the wolves of the ant kingdom

                                                            • Matt Sugui
                                                              Matt Sugui  1 months back

                                                              The way you say that ant cows were milking _themselves_ made me think they were wacking off infinitely using mealybugs as body pillowz lol ☺💦

                                                              • Juru ¿UwU?
                                                                Juru ¿UwU?  1 months back

                                                                In Ant Year 1945: *Ant Hiroshima*

                                                                • uesdto signin
                                                                  uesdto signin  1 months back

                                                                  12:54 I can't believe the ants also have bathroom too!!!

                                                                  • D S
                                                                    D S  1 months back

                                                                    AntsCanada: My ants discovered agriculture!
                                                                    TierZoo: Am I a joke to you?

                                                                    • Honey Subs
                                                                      Honey Subs  1 months back

                                                                      *also becareful that tree might die of infection from the mealybug*

                                                                      • Honey Subs
                                                                        Honey Subs  1 months back

                                                                        *also do you know if that tree is a ficus sp?*

                                                                        • Honey Subs
                                                                          Honey Subs  1 months back

                                                                          *mealybugs ARE THE WORSTTTT THEY COULD DIE. IDEC AB THEM my plants dont have an infestation of mealybugs yet hut have gnats UGHHHH😒😒*

                                                                          • SKELLY ENTERTAINMENT
                                                                            SKELLY ENTERTAINMENT  1 months back

                                                                            Wait I thought the mealybugs shot the honeydew from there mouth

                                                                            • Darling Stuff
                                                                              Darling Stuff  2 months back

                                                                              that is not a Canadian voice. Canadians are European DNA.....this is NOT Canadian DNA. avoid

                                                                              • Paydaywolf 2008
                                                                                Paydaywolf 2008  2 months back

                                                                                Huh this was made on my birthday and I didn’t find it till today

                                                                                • Bluepenguin
                                                                                  Bluepenguin  2 months back

                                                                                  thanks\ now I want to try honeydew XD

                                                                                  • Bluepenguin
                                                                                    Bluepenguin  2 months back

                                                                                    this is the only person on YouTube that can make ants interesting

                                                                                    • Bluepenguin
                                                                                      Bluepenguin  2 months back

                                                                                      beware the mealybugs, THEY WILL TAKE OVER!

                                                                                      • Isaac Ezekiel The color blind guy

                                                                                        Next video my ant have guns

                                                                                        • LegendaryRalts
                                                                                          LegendaryRalts  2 months back

                                                                                          Oh wow

                                                                                          • Jonas Mensik
                                                                                            Jonas Mensik  2 months back

                                                                                            Stroke : stkdhjf

                                                                                            • stormken Gd
                                                                                              stormken Gd  2 months back

                                                                                              Next vid: my pet ants learned about guns! Amazing!

                                                                                              • chaya atkins
                                                                                                chaya atkins  2 months back

                                                                                                Ain't it called mold/fungi/mushroom uhhhhhhhhhhh